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Having lived and holidayed extensively in Europe, the founders of Rare Bird Distillery were struck by the outstanding quality of local food produce found there.

At the same time, the appeal of the ‘usual suspects’, meaning the everyday gin brands found in the supermarket were fast losing their appeal, and so they decided to make our own, and Rare Bird Gin was born.

Soon after making this decision, the hunt was on for suitable premises, and good fortunate prevailed when they stumbled upon a derelict former stable block –not lacking in vision, and where some might see dust and debris, they saw a beautiful distillery, complete with a bar, seating, and retail space.

For those who have never visited, Malton will not disappoint. It is packed with artisan food producers, each one passionate about the quality of their product, producing the most delicious fare for you to sample and buy. It’s a treat for the senses, and we couldn’t be more proud to be right in the heart of this food movement.

‘The Stable Block’ as it was, is transformed to become, Rare Bird Distillery. At its heart sits a stunningly beautiful, shiny copper still, working magic, time after time to produce our signature London Dry gin. Customers are welcome to visit and see production in progress, and time permitting, we are pleased to answer questions about the process you can see before you.

Enjoy a free sample, or relax in our beautiful leather chesterfield sofa, looking out through our picture window over the Hawordian hills enjoying a G&T in a copa de balon glass, just as it was meant to be. This is the exact spot one of our customers were sat when they declared: ‘this must be the best spot in Malton.’

Rare Bird Distillery is licensed to serve drinks until 8.00 pm, later for private parties.

For the slightly more adventurous, why not have a bash at making your own gin. At our Gin School, you can do exactly that. Sessions are 2-3 hours, during which time, our Distiller will help you compile your own recipe and produce a 70cl bottle using a mini 1.5 litre still. The bottle is yours to take home. This unique experience is proving to be a big hit, as a personal experience, a gift or the theme for a celebration.

We look forward to welcoming you:

‘ Mediterranean inspired . . . . Yorkshire at heart’

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Rare Bird Distillery


The Stable Block, Yorkersgate, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7FT
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Opening Times

Rare Bird Distillery (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00

* To avoid disappointment, please visit the business website for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies.

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