Our Story From Infancy To Present Day
The seed of an idea was planted many moons ago by Martin Agius, founder of various restaurants, brasseries & a hotel, over the last 35 years.
In 2011, a small but considered gin shelf, consisting of ten bottles within The Cotswold Plough Hotel, evolved into The Gin Pantry that we know today. It consists of a dedicated room, cascading with bottles of Gin from all over the World. Guests are invited to open & smell the various bottles to aid their choice & knowledgeable staff, are on stand by, to help if needed.
As you can imagine, the combinations available with so many different tonics & bitters on offer; are endless. We often get asked, ‘‘Should one put in lemon, lime, mint or even lavender?’’ The answer is, talk to us about what you like, & let us recommend, or why not experiment with different blends, & discover something new each time.
Always keen to keep the collection growing, customers are challenged to call, before their arrival, to check whether a specific gin is within the Library. If not and it passes the Gin Connoisseurs seal of approval, punters are given a free three course meal at The Cotswold Plough in return for bringing the bottle with them.
The Gin Connoisseurs have been so excited about Gin, that they have launched a series of Gin Experiences, all of which can be bought online in the form of fantastic Gift Vouchers. Each creates a novel present for those individuals that are a nightmare to buy for, as they have it all, or simply a treat for yourself, or for any Gin lover you know!
In December 2015 The Gin Pantry was on the move. During the Festive Season it made its debut outing to a series of famous Christmas shopping events throughout the Cotswold’s. The Gin Pantry also created a dramatic focal point at a wedding reception during the evening.
If you fancy a Gin Bar at one of your celebrations, (Wedding, Birthday Party etc.) then do get in touch; the Gin Connoisseurs, would only be too delighted to hear from you.
Find Us On The Map
The Gin Pantry is housed within The Cotswold Plough, Clanfield, Oxfordshire, OX18 2RB; which is 2 miles east of Burford, 20 miles from Oxford, 29 miles from Cheltenham, 72 miles from Birmingham and 16 miles from Swindon.
A Valuable Piece Of Local Knowledge For You
If travelling from the Oxford area by car then choose the A20 / Swindon route rather than the A40 / Witney route. You will save so much time at any time of day.
For those that love the train
Our nearest stations are Oxford, Charlbury and Swindon. We like Charlbury – a great little Cotswold Victorian Station reminds us of the film The Railway Children with the addition of the beautiful drive through the rolling countryside, to us.
If you need a taxi
Wayne is your man – Aston Cars 07778452236, he will give you a special rate.
The Gin Pantry
The Gin Pantry (housed within)
The Cotswold Plough
+ 44 (0) 1367 810 222