The Old Quay Inn at Devoran has proved a source of inspiration for local residents Mike and Sue Bearcroft. It was there that their plan for an organic gin to help save the planet was hatched so, when their very first bottle from their very first batch of Land of Saints Gin was produced, they presented it to the pub.
With launch sales quickly going through the roof, the Bearcrofts’ token of gratitude meant that, for one day, The Old Quay was the only place in Cornwall where customers could enjoy a gin described by experts as ‘exceptionally smooth, fresh, citrus-led… with floral notes and a lovely well-balanced level of juniper.’
“Hannah Calland and her team have been so supportive and helpful,” said Sue. “Grace and Matt, who both work there regularly, even stepped in at the last minute to act as models in our promotional video and photos. We wanted to acknowledge their contribution and are delighted they were the very first people to have our gin on their shelf.”
The Bearcrofts embarked on the planning for their unique social enterprise last Christmas. As a not-for-profit company, they are donating 50 pence from every Land of Saints bottle sold to the world’s oldest conservation charity, Fauna & Flora International, which will also benefit from any annual surplus the business makes. The couple are the only gin producers to be members of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB) and their product is approved and certified by The Soil Association.
Just two weeks after becoming available for sale, Land of Saints gin is proving itself a winner.
“The feedback and demand have both been extraordinary,” said Mike Bearcroft. “We’re selling out as fast as we can produce the bottles at the moment and are already getting enquiries from London and beyond. Everyone seems to love it and orders are flooding in on a daily basis. It really is remarkable.”
At The Old Quay Inn, landlady Hannah Calland is equally delighted.
“We’re really excited to be part of The Land of Saints story,” she said. “The gin is delicious and has been very well received by our customers. As a business, we strongly believe in supplying Cornish produce and supporting our local community. The fact that Land of Saints is also contributing to conservation and the battle against climate change makes it even more special. Mike and Sue have done an excellent job and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have been the very first place in Cornwall and the country to stock this amazing gin.”
For more information, visit the website. To support the Land of Saints crowdfunding campaign, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-launch-land-of-saints-organic-gin