A new 'state of the art' distillery has been announced at a site in north Cornwall.

Artisan spirit distillers, English Spirit, have announced the opening of a new distillery at Treguddick Manor, near Launceston, later this summer.

The distillery, which English Spirit have described as 'state of the art' would house a custom 2,500 litre copper still, engineered by Dr John Walters, distiller and business founder.

Falmouth Packet: The new distillery in Treguddick Manor, Cornwall. The new distillery in Treguddick Manor, Cornwall.

The distillery will also house a pioneering new restaurant and bar which it says will be 'pioneering' and "Showcase the very best of what the South West has to offer."

When the distillery officially opens to the public at some point later in the summer months, the English Spirit team have said they will be inviting guests on tours and tasting experiences, allowing them to learn about the intricacies of the distillation process; from fermenting sugar cane molasses, the base ingredient used in rum, to how English Spirit produce all their spirits from scratch.

The design of the stll comes from the original 200 litre alembic stills Dr John Walters engineered for Great Yeldham Hall and the team is hoping to turn out 50,000 bottles by the end of 2021.

Falmouth Packet: At the heart of the distillery will sit a custom 2,500 litre copper still. Picture: John WaltersAt the heart of the distillery will sit a custom 2,500 litre copper still. Picture: John Walters

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Walters said: "I fell in love with the Manor as soon as I saw it.

"It ticked all the boxes.

"We wanted to open another site to further our place in England’s high-quality food and drink industry and to show off what we do best, via educational tours, tastings and even cooking with spirits. "And continue our theme of English heritage."

Falmouth Packet: The distillery is sat in the heart of the rolling Cornish countryside. Picture: John WaltersThe distillery is sat in the heart of the rolling Cornish countryside. Picture: John Walters

James Lawrence, General Manager at Treguddick, said: "We're extremely excited to open up this one-of-a-kind distillery and visitor experience, which will combine our distilling expertise with produce from one of the UK's top food & drink producing regions to produce truly spectacular results.

"We hope to make a fine addition to the thriving Cornish food & drink scene: we can't wait!"

The booking system for the tours and tasting will be launched mid-May on the English Spirit website, allowing guests to secure a time slot for when it opens later this summer.