Bullards Gin was launched in 2016, however the Bullards brand in Norwich was previously best known for brewing and has a history dating back to 1837. After founder Russell Evans acquired the trademark from Heineken when it expired, he set up Bullards gin distillery at The Ten Bells pub, just a stone's throw away from the original brewery site. The distillery is now moving to a Grade 2 listed site a mile away from there with four times the production capacity, and the team there have been managing the redevelopment ready for opening at the end of 2020.
The impressive glass-fronted building is located across the road from Norwich Castle and was once an agricultural showroom that was conveniently located opposite where the cattle market used to be. The building still maintains some wonderful original features and has also been a model shop and a furniture showroom in its history. The Bullards team have also acquired a great number of historic Bullards branded items, from bottles and delivery crates to old pub windows.
The redevelopment work was just starting during our visit, but the detailed plans are very impressive and exciting. They include:
The distillery is currently planned to open fully at the end of 2020 and we can't wait to visit again to see the finished product!