Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Yorkshire’s first gin producer

05 August 2020, 09:15 AM
  • Along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel, the PM visited Masons Gin distillery in Yorkshire

On the 30th of July, three senior cabinet ministers visited Yorkshire’s most awarded distillery, Masons Gin, in Leeming Bar. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel toured the distillery, attended a gin tasting in Masons’ product development laboratory and experienced the bottling line and the official naming of Masons’ new still, Anthea.

Rishi Sunak, MP for the Richmond constituency, organised the visit, having come to the distillery earlier in the year for Masons’ grand opening following a fire at their original site in 2019.

Founded in 2013 by Karl and Cathy Mason, the distillery was the first to establish in Yorkshire, pioneering the gin boom in the county. Karl Mason, Founder of Masons Yorkshire Gin describes the ministers’ visit as a “really proud moment” for the brand.

“Over the last seven years of business, we have put everything into the passion we grew from humble roots. Given Mr Sunak’s representation as Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks), we were delighted to demonstrate to the ministers the progress we have made at our new distillery and our plans for the future.”

Masons premium gins, which are available nationally in Morrisons, as well as regionally in Co-op, Tesco, Waitrose, Booths and independent retailers, have won the most prestigious awards worldwide. The team of 34 staff produce more than 400,000 bottles each year.

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