insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 13

NEWS WORLD’S FIRST AIRPORT GIN DISTILLERY OPENS AT GATWICK London Gatwick Airport and The Restaurant Group have announced the opening of the world’s first airport gin distillery, following a significant surge in the popularity of premium gins. Creating a unique gin called ‘The Nicholas Culpeper London Dry Gin’, named after the famous botanist and distilled from an exotic blend of ingredients, including Chinese cassia bark and angelica root from India, the distillery is now open landside in the North Terminal. Serving both food and drink, customers of The Nicholas Culpeper are able to pop in for a pre-holiday cocktail, or a bite to eat against the backdrop of the functioning gin still, which produces up to 12 litres of gin per batch. Gatwick and The Restaurant Group teamed up to create the gin after seeing a significant jump in the sales of premium gin over the last five years. Premium gins now account for 40 per cent of all Gatwick’s gin sales, compared to 10 per cent of sales in 2011. A bespoke London Dry Gin recipe has been specially created by The Nicholas Culpeper’s master of gin, Matthew Servini. An expert in 16th and 17th century gin recipes, Matthew has created a botanical recipe modelled on that of traditional London Dry Gin, made with ingredients sourced from across the globe. Each bottle is truly unique, with its own stamp including the batch number, production date and signature of the distiller that day. Nick Ayerst, managing director of The Restaurant Group, said: “We never really believed that it would be possible to distil gin in an airport. The teamwork and tenacity to create and deliver The Nicholas Culpeper has been unlike anything I’ve ever known before. I really can’t wait to open the doors to our guests and see their reaction to this truly unique dining offering.” A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FROM HASKINS GARDEN CENTRE FOR REDEHALL PREPARATORY SCHOOL PUPILS Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill, West Sussex, has donated 12 airpurifying plants to Redehall Preparatory School in nearby Smallfield. Year 2 and 3 pupils, Matthew Wright and Abi England, visited the centre to collect the plants for their classrooms, music room, school hall and two offices. The children are learning about the importance of plants oxygenating their environment and the calming effect they can have. They are also being taught how to nurture the plants and will take turns in looking after them. Lisa Looker, brand director for Haskins Garden Centres, said: “We wish to encourage local schools’ learning initiatives in any way we can. As well as teaching the pupils about plant care, the clean air plants we’ve donated include peace lilies and tropical ferns, which promote a healthier environment for children. We look forward to hearing about the positive benefits the pupils experience.” Mrs J. R. Wright, headmistress at Redehall Preparatory School, added: “As well as nurturing plants, Redehall prides itself on nurturing every pupil and is experiencing continued academic success. The plants encourage a healthy learning environment and what’s more, the students really enjoy looking after them.”  Clean air houseplants are available at Haskins Garden Centres in Snowhill and Roundstone, West Sussex. 13