Based near Tring, Puddingstone Distillery has recently been crowned Best Rural Drink Business in the East region final of the prestigious Rural Business Awards (RBAs). Not only that but the Distillery was also awarded runner up for Best Rural Start-up.
This is an incredible achievement for Ben and Kate Marston, founders of Hertfordshire’s first gin distillery and the home of Campfire Gin, which only opened its doors to the public two years ago. These business awards join the accolades they have already picked up for their three signature Campfire Gins – London Dry, Navy Strength and Cask Aged.
Kate commented: ‘We were up against some very impressive competition in both categories and were delighted to have picked up awards in both. Unfortunately we already had a Distillery tour booked for the night of the awards so Ben wasn’t able to make the evening however my sister, who works part time at the Distillery, joined me for the ceremony. It was great to receive this recognition from the Awards judges for the hard work our small team of Campfire crew have put into making the Distillery the business it is today.’
The Distillery will now go forward to the National Finals in February 2019 where they will compete alongside the five other regional final winners in the Best Rural Drink Business category.
The RBAs were founded by Leicestershire businesswomen Jemma Clifford and Anna Price and now attract hundreds of entries from businesses based all over rural Britain. The aim of the awards is to highlight the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy.
This year Puddingstone Distillery has also been fortunate enough to have won Best Producer/Best Product in the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 and received a clean sweep of three silver medals, one of them Outstanding Silver for Campfire Navy Strength, by the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). An award winning year all round!