Exeter’s New Gin Bar

Gandy Street and Upper Paul Street have long been known as Exeter’s independent shopping area. The latest edition is Crocketts Bar, a new gin and cocktail bar, specialising in gins from the westcountry, they also have an impressive range from around the world. Can’t wait to pop in and see their selection!


Limited edition gin ....

The independent restaurants, bars and pubs these days are taking our dining experience to new levels by growing their own vegetables, smoking fish and meats, even brewing their own beer or distilling spirits. The Elizabethan in Luton near Newton Abbot is a great example of a successful local pub offering customers a special experience. Their newly extended building offers home-made breads, their own sausages (made with herbs they’ve grown in their own garden) plus they make their own preserves and chutneys and cure their own bacon. Owners Nick & Anne are also passionate about supporting and supplying products made locally so rather than make their own gin they decided to go to an expert in the form of west country drinks hero John Lawton owner of Teignworthy Brewery and Dartmoor Distillery.

Today John and his team celebrate 23 years at the brewery which last year also became a distillery when Ethyl Ethel their 250 litre copper still took pride of place. John created Black Dog Gin (named after Taff and Tarker his black Labradors) which has been a great success in the Devon and Somerset area and also inspired Anne at the Elizabethan to ask John if he’d be willing to produce a special gin for their pub. This month they launched the very exclusive, small batch, double distilled gin called ‘Dartmoor Pony’ the gin with a kick! John has kept the recipe a close guarded secret although he did reveal that they foraged for elderflower and lady’s bed straw (a yellow headed wild flower) to compliment the more traditional spices and citrus peel found in gin.

This type of collaboration is a great idea and one which I hope to see more of in the near future!