British Travel Journal
9 BEST DISTILLERY
SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE
Located in the village of Hunmanby, Spirit of Yorkshire is the county's first whisky distillery. It produces a range of “Filey Bay” single malts whose label features a gannet for the simple reason that Britain's biggest gannet sanctuary lies on the coast nearby.
All the barley used in the distillation process here is grown on the farm of Tom Mellor, co-founder of Spirit of Yorkshire. The water, a crucial ingredient in any successful whisky, comes from a borehole on the farm that is sunk deep into chalky soil. The company even bottles on-site, allowing them to assert that the whole whisky process “from field to bottle” happens here in Hunmanby.
One-hour distillery tours cost £12.50. There is also a longer brewery and distillery tour (£22) as Tom and his wife Gill also set up the nearby Wold Top Brewery.