Gin mak­ers take their tip­ple to the Houses of Par­lia­ment

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MAC­CLES­FIELD’S most fa­mous gin mak­ers took their tip­ple to the Houses of Par­lia­ment as part of a spe­cial event to pro­mote Cheshire pro­duc­ers.

The event, or­gan­ised by An­toinette Sand­bach, who is MP for Ed­dis­bury in Cheshire, saw MPs from across the county join forces to put Cheshire’s food and drink in­dus­try on the map.

Among the pro­duc­ers rep­re­sent­ing the county was Karl Bond from Lan­g­ley, who runs For­est Gin with wife Lind­say, and gave out sam­ples of gin made from botan­i­cals for­aged from Mac­cles­field For­est.

Karl said: “We were in­vited by David Rut­ley to rep­re­sent his con­stituency.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and priv­i­lege to serve our gin in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

“We met the Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne - he liked the gin - and had lots of MPs com­ing and hav­ing a taste through­out the day.”

Karl was also treated to a tour of Par­lia­ment dur­ing this visit.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who co-spon­sored the event, said: “I am de­lighted to have been able to sup­port Cheshire Food Day, and cel­e­brate the great pro­duce sourced from across our county. As well as tast­ing fan­tas­tic, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that food and drink are an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to our lo­cal econ­omy. That’s why I was re­ally pleased to be able to wel­come For­est Gin from Mac­cles­field to Par­lia­ment.

“Our lo­cal pro­duce has a lot go­ing for it, and I would urge peo­ple to try and buy lo­cally wher­ever pos­si­ble, and help sup­port our lo­cal busi­nesses.”

An­toinette Sand­bach MP said: “I am a pas­sion­ate be­liever in sup­port­ing our lo­cal Cheshire busi­nesses so the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a show­case at West­min­ster for our many won­der­ful food and drink pro­duc­ers was some­thing my­self and the other Cheshire MP’s re­ally wanted to sup­port.

“I was very happy to or­gan­ise the event and de­lighted that it was so well at­tended, we were able to show the coun­try’s politi­cians and some key busi­ness de­ci­sion mak­ers the qual­ity of the Cheshire of­fer.”

For­est Gin is pro­duced us­ing mainly or­ganic in­gre­di­ents which are dis­tilled with a blend of botan­i­cals from Mac­cles­field For­est.

Karl and Lind­say dis­til, bot­tle and pro­mote the gin, while their daugh­ter Hat­tie is in charge of for­ag­ing for berries and botan­i­cals.

Since set­ting up the busi­ness from their home 18 months ago, Karl and Lyn­d­sey are now on the hunt to find the per­fect venue for their busi­ness, which they are hop­ing to ex­pand so that they can in­crease pro­duc­tion and open to mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Karl said: “We are still look­ing for the per­fect premises. What we re­ally need is an old barn or some­thing that we could rent or buy, but it needs to be within a few miles of the for­est.

“The dream is to open a dis­tillery where we can in­vite peo­ple to come along and see what we do.”

If you are able to help Karl email sales@ forest­

●» Karl Bond, far right, from For­est Gin, shares some sam­ples with (l-r) MP Lind­say Hoyle, MP Liz Truss, MP An­toinette Sand­bach and Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne

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