Each year, Bath Christmas Market welcomes an array of local drinks producers to showcase their wares, and 2019 is no different. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or want to get the drinks in for Christmas Day, you're sure to find the perfect tipple...
Beer, Ale and Cider
Nothing says you're in the West Country more than a pint of cider. Produced in the enchanting Iford Estate, just six miles from Bath, Iford Cider in Abbey Green offers a full-flavoured, modern apple cider free from artificial sweeteners and flavourings. Honey and Daughter Cider in Abbey Churchyard sell high-quality, great-tasting cider, made just three miles from Bath.
Find local brewer Bath Ales in Abbey Churchyard. Purchase their distinctive range of premium, authentic and inventive beers for the discerning drinker, and try before you buy with one of their mulled drinks at The Lodge, a cosy Alpine bar brought to the Market by Bath Ales and Framptons. Based in Bradford-on-Avon, Kettlesmith Ales will be in Bath Street from 28th November to 8th December, selling their premium-quality ales and unique beer accessories. Also in Bath Street, Bath-based Electric Bear Brewing Co. sells delicious, eclectic and award-winning modern British beers in cans and gift packs.
Offering premium small batch gin locally made in their Bath distillery and emblazoned with the portrait of 'Gin Austen', you'll find The Bath Gin Company in Abbey Green. Make for Milsom Street where you'll find Scout & Sage Micro Distillery, who offer local gin traditionally distilled with ten botanicals including Seville orange, pink peppercorn and cardamom. For strikingly smooth artisan gins, handcrafted in small batches using the very best natural ingredients. head to 6 O'Clock Gin, who will be in Bath Street from 28th November to 8th December. Also in Bath Street, Bath Botanical Gin are selling their signature No.1 Gin plus a range of seasonal fruit gins, cocktail bitters, herbal elixirs, herbal teas and DIY kits.
Abbey Churchyard is home to a variety of chalets selling tasty spirits. Named after the famous Bath resident William Beckford, Beckford’s of Bath offers an exciting range of rums including a blend with caramel and one with British Cassis. You'll also find Friary Drinks, a family-run business with a passion for crafting great-tasting handmade artisan drinks for grown-ups. Enjoy their award-winning liqueurs in cocktails or on their own. Pick up handcrafted small-batch infused spirits, liqueurs and premixed cocktails made from foraged, local or ethically sourced organic ingredients from Forager Spirit.
One of the country's finest wine producers, Aldwick Estate, are selling their delicious wine in Abbeygate Street. The estate, in North Somerset, produces award-winning still and sparkling wines from grapes grown in their two vineyards. For something a little different, head to York Street to check out Rubis Chocolate Wine. Their chocolate wine is an award-winning blend of Spanish Tempranillo red wine and cacao. The company also create V Gallery Vodka, with tasty flavours including marshmallow and coffee, and new to the UK, Beach Bum Rum – a tropical taste of Mauritius.
Those who prefer their beverages non-alcoholic should make for The Leafy Tea Company in Bath Street. An artisan tea company based in Bath, The Leafy Tea Company was founded in 2016 by 16-year-old April Collins, on a mission to create tasty, quality and delicious everyday teas, which taste as good as they smell. They offer tubes of tea, perfect as a gift or for the pantry, and reasonably priced gift packs.
If you're looking for a great gift for fans of a tipple, pick up a gift pack or hamper from Palmer Street Bottle in Milsom Street. These perfect pressies include the finest craft beer, local cider, wine, cheeses and chutney.