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Heart of Suffolk Distillery - England's Handcrafted Artisan Gin Distillery

At the Heart of Suffolk Distillery, you will find a local, family-run business that has a passion for creating exceptional products for their customers to enjoy.

The Heart of Suffolk Distillery is a small family-run business that skillfully and lovingly produces handcrafted gins that capture the spirit of Suffolk.  Based in Bacton, Suffolk, it was formed by Martyn and Karen Luke in February 2018. The gin is distilled in small batches of approx. 70 bottles with each beautifully designed bottle being filled and labeled by hand.  Each label bears the hand-written signature of the master distiller.  The three types of gin produced; namely Betty’s, Rosie’s and Ivy’s are all distilled with quite different botanicals to produce three very distinctive and unique flavors. 

Betty's Gin

The Gin recently won a bronze medal at the 2020 London Spirits Competition that puts consumers first and rates spirits by quality, value and package.

Betty’s Gin is a pot-distilled gin feeling modern, fresh and crisp to the palette. It is styled on a London Dry Gin, has a slight orange undertone and is best served with a slice of orange, a handful of ice and premium tonic water. This complements the nine carefully chosen botanicals that are used to create a unique, modern and refreshing taste.

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The Heart of Suffolk Distillery was launched by husband and wife team Martyn and Karen Luke in February 2018 when a dream turned to reality.  Both are local to the heart of Suffolk with Karen growing up just a half a mile from where the distillery has been established.  Gin has been a passion of Karen’s for many years and more recently of Martyn’s and it was an easy decision when naming their signature product, to honor Betty, Karen’s mother, who shared the same love and enjoyment of a good quality gin. Karen remembers her mother being a proper Suffolk girl; straight-talking, strong-willed and famed for her love of a really good gin.  Karen knows she would have been delighted to think that a bit of her legacy goes into every bottle they make.

The Bacton based couple lovingly pot distill small batches of a London Dry style gin with nine carefully chosen hand-crushed botanicals to create the modern, unique and refreshing taste.

The bijou distillery is based in Windows Yard, Bacton, itself an independent Suffolk icon. It is open to the public and offers a relaxed and hospitable welcome for those wanting to enjoy a sample and purchase a bottle of the hand-crafted gin. Martyn and Karen have also sourced other products for the small retail unit which they believe will enhance the customer's experience when they visit.

The clean line image which the Heart of Suffolk Distillery has strived for has been reflected in our signature gin. Betty’s Gin is a pot-distilled gin feeling modern, fresh and crisp to the palette.  It is styled on a London Dry Gin, has a slight orange undertone and is best served with a slice of orange, a handful of ice and premium tonic water. This complements the nine carefully chosen botanicals that are used to create a unique, modern and refreshing taste.

Throughout the year, Heart of Suffolk Distillery will also be distilling and distributing limited-edition gins; further demonstrating the passion our family-run business has for producing high-quality products and exceeding customer expectations.

The Heart of Suffolk Distillery makes real gin for real people.  Each batch of around 65 bottles is hand-signed and numbered by master distiller Martyn who believes that when he signs each bottle he puts a piece of himself into each bottle.

If you love Suffolk you will love the Heart of Suffolk’s Betty’s Gin.

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