Founded in 1793
The Blackfriars Distillery is the home of Plymouth Gin, which has been producing Spirits since 1793. Today, it’s known as the Plymouth Gin Distillery and remains the oldest working distillery in England.

Before it became a working distillery, the buildings were a monastery belonging to the Black Friars (hence the name). Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, the buildings were many things – including a prison!

In 1793, the Coates family joined the established distilling company Fox & Williamson, but in time, the family took over the distillery and it was named Coates & Co Ltd until 2004. The Spirits today are made in a Victorian copper pot still which is over 150 years old.

The Blackfriars Distillery is the only distillery licensed to produce a Spirit called Plymouth Gin (which is both a brand and a style of Gin), as the Coates family sought an injunction which prevented London distilleries from naming their Gins as Plymouth made.

Back in the 1880s, Plymouth Gin was supplied to the Royal Navy, which was a huge stamp of approval for the brand, and led to many imitators.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Established
  • Owner
    Pernod Ricard
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Black Friars Distillery, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth PL1 2LQ, UK
  • Phone
    01752 665292
  • Website
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In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in England at the distillery buildings before embarking on the Mayflower’s epic voyage to America. The Mayflower still forms part of Plymouth Gin’s label to this day.
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