Our Story

Our Story

Salcombe Gin


Salcombe Gin has been born out of a love of gin, a dream to produce the finest white spirit in the world in one of the most stunning coastal towns, Salcombe. With an uncompromising approach to quality and an almost obsessive attention to detail, we aim to produce exceptional hand crafted gins.

Like most good ideas it began with a conversation over a gin & tonic in a pub between founders, Angus and Howard who originally met in the 1990s whilst teaching sailing in Salcombe. Recognising an increasing demand amongst consumers for spirits of true provenance, quality and character they set about building a purpose built distillery in the heart of Salcombe to produce gins of exceptional quality in small batches.

Nick Marshall, an old school friend with more than fifteen years’ experience in the spirits business, latterly as the Global Image Director at Bacardi overseeing Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose joined our team as marketing and positioning guru. World renowned Master Distiller, Jamie Baxter, of 45 West Distillers also joined the team on a consultancy basis providing the necessary technical expertise to ensure we produce a spirit of the highest possible quality.





The stunning coastal town of Salcombe, South Devon, in addition to being our home, is a brand in its own right with a rich maritime history which has provided the inspiration for our gin recipe. Famed for its crystal clear waters, sailors, crabbing industry, second home owners and visitors who appreciate the finer things in life, Salcombe provides the perfect backdrop for our distillery.

Based on the site of a boat repair workshop belonging to the Island Cruising Club (ICC), whom Angus and Howard taught sailing for, we have built a purpose built waterside distillery. In a beautiful spot that backs onto the creek, visitors are able to enjoy the freshest Gin & Tonic in Devon, whilst watching the world go by on the balcony overlooking the water.



An integral part of our spirit and a little known but important part of Britain’s maritime history, the Salcombe Fruiters were responsible for importing over eighty percent of fresh citrus fruits to England during the 19th Century. Serving the great ports of London, Liverpool, Bristol, Hull and Southampton, these fast sailing vessels imported fresh oranges from the Azores and Spain, lemons from Sicily and Italy, pineapples and shaddocks (pomelos) from the Bahamas and spices from Barbados, Nevis, Sri Lanka and further afield.

These copper bottomed Salcombe Fruiters, all of which were built in Salcombe and the neighbouring town of Kingsbridge and crewed by local men, were at the time the fastest cargo carrying sailing vessels in England. They possessed the optimum cargo-carrying capacity so that the fruit neither spoiled in transit nor glutted the market on arrival – the perfect balance between supply and demand.

Working with local historians we have traced their old trading routes and are sourcing the finest citrus fruits and spices from some of the same routes in our gin, bringing this fantastic little piece of history back to life, capturing the spirit of their global adventures in our gin.


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