The Prime Minister Rt Hon Boris Johnson was accompanied by Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Rt Hon Priti Patel, Home Secretary on a special visit to Masons’ Leeming Bar distillery.
On Thursday 30th July, three senior cabinet ministers visited Yorkshire’s original and most awarded distillery, Masons Yorkshire Gin. Arriving at 1pm, they toured the distillery facilities including a gin tasting in Masons’ product development laboratory, a hands on experience of the bottling line and the official naming of “Anthea”, Masons’ new still.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Masons Distillery was organised by Rishi Sunak, with Masons Gin being located within his Richmond constituency. Mr Sunak visited the distillery earlier in the year after their grand opening following a fire at their original site in 2019. The visit followed the government’s announcement yesterday morning of changes to police funding.
Founded in 2013 by Karl and Cathy Mason, the distillery was the first to establish in Yorkshire, pioneering the gin boom in the county. Masons was started with a simple mission; to make gin the way it should be, with more character, more flavour and uncompromising quality. Through building a premium range of gins which have won the most prestigious awards world-wide, the Masons team of 34 staff now produce in excess of 400,000 bottles each year and the business has ambitious plans for the future.
Karl Mason, Founder of Masons Yorkshire Gin says, “It was a really proud moment to welcome the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel to our distillery. Over the last seven years of business, we have put everything into the passion we grew from humble roots. Given Mr Sunak’s representation as Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks), we were delighted to demonstrate to the ministers the progress we have made at our new distillery and our plans for the future.”