Named after Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw who picked the rich pockets of Nottingham in an unbidden and undoubtedly jail-worthy act of wealth distribution, Sir Robin of Locksley Gin is a Yorkshire spirit with a tale to tell.
John Cherry first got the urge to open his own distillery in September 2006. He was working in the US at the time, and the craft scene there was starting to stir to life as distilling laws relaxed. He was already fully ensconced in the booze industry, having worked as a buyer in the wine and spirits industry, so – despite a distinct lack of distilling know how – the idea wasn’t straight out of left field.
For Cherry, it was always going to be Gin. “As a fan of all things booze, and being in the business, there were many directions I could have taken at the start,” he explains, “but since my Gran introduced me to it back in the mid 80s I’ve always loved Gin."
Initially, Sir Robin of Locksley Gin was made at Thames but in March 2017 his mailbox clattered open to deliver HMRC approval. Since then, all distillation has taken place at Cherry’s distillery in Portland Works, a cooperative in Sheffield filled to the rafters with craft makers.