Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods began as an accompaniment to Raisthorpe Flyers, providing homemade Raspberry Gin Liqueur from an old family recipe for guests at elevenses. The popularity of the drink grew and in 2008 the company was set up, creating homemade gins and liqueurs out of the farmhouse kitchen. The business continued to grow and with thanks to funding from RDPE via Yorkshire Forward now operates from a brand new factory facility in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds.
From there our products have gone on to win numerous awards and two of our liqueurs are currently being used in the cocktail bars of Harvey Nichols nationwide.
Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods is proud to maintain its country heritage and all our products contain only the finest ingredients (locally sourced where possible) created using traditional methods to create our delicious ranges.
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At Raisthorpe Manor, we strive to provide the best in produce while maintaining our position on employing local people. Our team carry out the entire process from picking to production to packing and ensure that the process happens as smoothly as possible.
This is our production team packing some of our products, the pickers picking and the boss Julia with her product:
In the news...
Edinburgh Evening News: 'Dobbies not Sloe off mark with gin' - North Yorkshire based drinks producer Raisthorpe Manor is now stocking its speciality Sloe Port and Sloe Gin in 24 branches of Dobbies Garden Centres, including the Edinburgh Store at Melville, Lasswade. The new partnership celebrates local produce and the best of British countryside.
Drinking this healing gin could bring you good luck
We already know there are at least five reasons why drinking gin is good for us, but what if we told you there was a brand new version of our favourite tipple that promised to give you good luck?
Ladies and gentleman, we give to you: mythical gin.
Developed by the award-winning team at Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods, the gin is made using water from ancient "Gypsey streams" that run beneath the Yorkshire Wolds and have long been considered to bestow good luck on those who drink from it.
Distilled in a traditional gin-making method, this magical water is infused with fresh botanicals and watercress thought to have been farmed around the Gypsey Race 100 years ago to create the lucky gin.
And if you needed any convincing of the river's magical powers, the Race is historically regarded as providing life-saving shelter to Queen Henrietta Maria as she dodged flying cannon balls during the English Civil War in 1632.
For those who are tempted to try their luck, click here to buy the gin »
You'll be able to try the standard Distilled Dry Gin, or opt for the Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Dry Gin that has been rested in whisky barrels to give a taste of vanilla and spice.
Spring to life: Unique new Yorkshire Gins made with water from ‘mystical river’
Mineral water flowing up from ancient springs beneath Raisthorpe Manor is being harnessed to create two distinctive – and very local – new gins.
The Race, a chalk stream that runs under the Raisthorpe Manor garden and through villages across the Yorkshire Wolds is thought to have mythical properties and, according to folklore, bring good luck to those who drink from it. In 1632, the banks of the river were also said to have provided shelter for Queen Henrietta Maria as she protected herself from flying cannon balls during the English Civil War.
The crystal clear spring water is distilled in the traditional way by Master Distillers for the Raisthorpe Distilled Dry Gin, which is also infused with fresh botanicals and local watercress, thought to have been farmed around the Gypsey Race floodplains around 100 years ago.
Already famous for its innovative fruit liqueurs, including a Damson Gin and Sloe Port, Raisthorpe Manor is also producing a Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Gin from the magical water. After being infused with aromatic botanicals in the copper still, the gin is rested in whisky barrels to give it a smooth, mellow flavour with a hint of vanilla and spice.
“Our two new gins have been two years in development, and we are thrilled to see them finally come to fruition,” says Julia Medforth, who runs Raisthorpe Manor with husband David. “Like all our products, local and fresh ingredients are the key and it’s wonderful to be using water from our own garden spring and watercress from local farms to give the drinks that special Raisthorpe touch.”
All that glitters is gold! Raisthorpe Manor’s shimmering drinks scoop gold at Great Taste Awards
Raisthorpe Manor’s glamorous 9ct Shimmering Toffee & Caramel Vodka Liqueur has proved to be worth its weight in gold this week – quite literally – as it grabbed a Gold Star at Great Taste.
Described as “very smooth and easy to drink” by the Great Taste judges, the 9ct Shimmering Toffee & Caramel Vodka Liqueur – made with real edible gold leaf – picked up a Gold Star, alongside Raisthorpe’s Sloe Port.
The only drink of its kind in the UK, the shimmering liqueur can be poured over ice-cream or into coffee, as well as over ice. The judges praised its “lovely golden colour...good toffee aroma on the nose and pleasant vanilla note”. Raisthorpe’s Sloe Port – also a UK first – was described as having a “gorgeous cherry shade” and “pleasantly fruity” aroma.
“This is our 12th Gold in the Great Taste Awards but every one is very special to us,” said Julia Medforth, MD of Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods. “A lot of skill, fruit and Yorkshire magic goes into each and every bottle and we’re so proud to have struck gold once more!”
Great Taste – described as the epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize – is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. In 2015, more than 400 judges from all corners of the world came together at 49 judging days from March through to early July to blind-taste more than 3,000 products.