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Historic York Hotel hosts whisky tasting dinner with Yorkshire’s first whisky

Historic York Hotel hosts dinner and whisky tasting event with Yorkshire's first whisky distillery

The team at Yorkshire's first whisky distillery is teaming up with an historic York hotel for an evening of fine dining and whisky tasting.

On 8th February, Middlethorpe Hall will host a four course dinner and whisky tasting in conjunction with Hunmanby based Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery.

Guests will enjoy a Wold Top beer reception, and a four course dinner before tasting Spirit of Yorkshire's Maturing Malts.

Spirit of Yorkshire's Whisky Director Joe Clark will be leading the tasting and said: "All of our Maturing Malt expressions started life as barley growing in the fields at our farm on the top of the Yorkshire Wolds back in 2015. The barley was transformed into spirit in 2016, and after a sleepy couple of years in our warehouse, it is now yours to enjoy at this unique event.

"In addition to a sensational four-course dinner in beautiful surroundings, you will be tasting our latest releases of Maturing Malt and some one-off and special cask samples. These samples offer a unique and unrepeatable glimpse into our warehouse and maturation as our spirit edges ever closer to becoming the first Yorkshire single malt whisky."

Middlethorpe Hall's Nicola Thresh is delighted to host this unique event at the period hotel: "Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is creating Yorkshire's first single malt whisky.  Not yet three years old, yet worthy of ‘Dram of the Day' award at this year's Yorkshire Whisky Festival, this propitious spirit is available to taste at various stages of maturity and Whisky Director Joe Clark will guide the tasting and explain what makes Spirit of Yorkshire different. It promises to be a fantastic evening."

Tickets cost £89.50 and include a welcome drink, a four course dinner, wines and samples of the Maturing Malt. They are available online at, by calling Julia Betteridge on 01904 661301 or emailing .

Middlethorpe Hall is a William III country house set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland, yet just two miles from York's city centre.  Built in 1699, it was once the home of the famous diarist, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and today it is renowned for its excellent food, luxurious accommodation and boutique Spa.

In September 2008 Middlethorpe Hall was one of three Historic House Hotels that were given to the National Trust to ensure their long term protection.

Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson. The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn't simply replicate Scotch. The distillery is a true grain to glass business and boasts some of the most impressive distilling equipment in the country, including two of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland.


Photograph caption: Middlethorpe Hall will host a unique tasting event with Spirit of Yorkshire Spirit of Yorkshire at Middlethorpe Hall

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For more information about Spirit of Yorkshire, please visit

For more information about Middlethorpe Hall, please visit

For more information about Middlethorpe Hall and the National Trust, please visit

For more information about the monthly Jazz and Blues and Distillery Sessions, please visit

Spirit of Yorkshire won a VisitEngland Welcome Award in the Attractions Accolades in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they have provided since they opened their visitor attraction in April 2017

Spirit of Yorkshire won the Best Tourism & Hospitality Business at the Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Chamber Awards in October 2017 and Best Small Business in 2018