British Travel Journal




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.

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