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When the Gin Festival gets Cancelled – An Afternoon of Gin in Worcester | Gin Diaries

July 27, 2018

Ok so I had this epic plan for a belated birthday celebration that a group of friends and I would hit up Worcester Gin Festival. Then about a week and a half before the big day, boom, Gin Festival .com went into administration.

Some of you may remember that when I first started blogging I featured the first and original Manchester Gin Festival, which Gin Festival .com was born from (oh my how my blog has changed since then). Of course I am sad to see this has happened to the company, but am also of the people who think they over reached a bit too much too soon. So with friends all coming to Worcester and all of a sudden no plans, I decided to take them out for a day of drinking around Worcester instead…




Tonic Bar

One of my favourite bars in Worcester, Tonic is home to the ‘House of Gin.’ A gin shelf of Pinterest dreams and a collection of gin to swoon over. We started here, because a) it’s close to the station (partly why Dr W and I meet here a lot) and b) Shane who runs the bar is an absolute star. I managed to reserve us a big table and we got ordering drinks. Of course gin was ordered, but eventually we may have crept on to craft beer, because I couldn’t ignore the Magic Rock on tap. After a little bit of time, it was time to move on.





Tonic Bar x Burger Shop

Ok so there’s a theme of the day. I didn’t actually do it on purpose, but being this end of town (and partly coz of the crazy EDL rally going on in the other bit of town that day) we ended up at the Tonic x Burger Shop Pop Up next to Burger Shop. There was more gin, more craft beer (Satzuma from Thornbridge) and yummy snacks all in the sunshine – yay! The Oxtail Patties from Burger Shop were insane, as were the Sticky Chicken Wings. It was a good pit stop for a snack and it’s making me so happy to see the railway arches being used for fun things. It really reminds me of Manchester!



The Old Rectifying House

At this point none of us were upset that the Gin Festival was no longer the days event. We reached The Old Rectifying House, another fave of Dr W’s and I for gin and cocktails. The gin menu is extensive as is the tonic selection. I genuinely cannot remember what I ordered at this point (haha). But it was gin and therefore it was good. We sat outside and enjoyed the afternoon sun, being 5pm it was a lot cooler. It was really nice to hang around outside and enjoy time chatting with friends. Although my Daddy joined us for one drink here and I may have spent most of my time speaking to him because I had missed him (he works away a lot).







Burger Shop and the Rest of the Night…

Ok so we booked Burger Shop for dinner. Not on purpose, but the other place I wanted to go were a bit rude to me about a friend’s dietary requirements. Very off putting. Burger Shop promised they wouldn’t douse my lactose intolerant mates burger in dairy products (important coz he’d be very poorly otherwise) and also we already know they make the best burgers in Worcester. This time I went different. I got the Pulled Pork Burger with Apple Slaw, jeez, this was so tasty! We ordered more Oxtail Patties (I implore you to try these) and the wonderfully naughty Westcombe Cheese Curds. I went with gin, Dr W went with Wild Beer Co beer. It was cracking, everyone enjoyed their dinner and we went on to a few more pubs of Worcester, which at that point I did some semi drunk first aid on a friend of mine and then ended up in the Firefly (another favourite pub of mine). A day really well spent when I got home at gone midnight – I haven’t done that in a long time!

Overall we had a cracking day. So readers, what’s your ideal gin themed day out? Or beer themed day out? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. This post was written by me, all things paid for by me. I share things I like, because I care about the small businesses of Worcester and I like to share food/gin themed things.

P.P.S. Tonic Bar is located at 36 Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1EE.

P.P.P.S. The Old Rectifying House is located at N Parade, Worcester WR1 3NN.

P.P.P.P.S. Burger Shop Worcester is located at Arch 46 Cherry Tree Walk, Worcester WR1 3BH.


  • Reply Alice July 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Ahhh I did wonder why the Plymouth gin festival was suddenly cancelled, that’s a shame that the company has crumbled, I was looking forward to it! Looks like you still had an excellent time making the most of it though! Alice xxxx

  • Reply Sophie July 31, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Those curds look delicious! And tbh I think this day sounds way more fun than the official gin fest. Have you tried Lone Wolf gin? It’s a new one I discovered recently and it’s divine!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte July 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Woo hope you had the best birthday! Sounds like the best day – can’t beat gin and burgers! x

    • Reply MissPond July 29, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      I managed to draw my birthday out, which is always good fun! Making the most of turning 30 😉 Totally agree, you cannot beat gin and burgers.

  • Reply Michelle July 29, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Belated happy birthday to you! I’ll be honest, you might have nailed the perfect gin based day out by throwing some epic looking burgers into the mix, well played. We’re heading out to Salcombe in a few weeks to learn how to distill our own gin which feels like it’s got the potential to be an absolute belter of a day – watch this space.
    M x

    • Reply MissPond July 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you! It really was a great day 🙂 Oh wow, I love Salcombe Gin, I hope you have a great time x

  • Reply Leona July 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I don’t drink gin but that burger looks yummy!

    • Reply MissPond July 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      It was really tasty!

  • Reply Ellie July 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Such a shame about the gin festival – but at least you still had a gin themed birthday!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks lovely! Yup, we still had a great day 🙂

  • Reply Anca July 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    All the places look great. It’s nice you are sharing small businesses like these. Belated Happy Birthday!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      They deserve championing because they offer some great food and drink in the city!

  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle July 27, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Firstly…Happy Belated Birthday to you!! Looks like you had a lovely day out with your friend…your food shots as well as the gin shot looks superb. So glad that the Burger Shop also caters for those with intolerance.

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you – we had a really great day! Glad you like my photos 🙂

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