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You can find the Hooting Owl Distillery Pop Up on the Ground Floor in the York Store in between the Menswear & Womenswear Departments.

About Hooting Owl Distillery

Hooting Owl is a small batch, artisan distillery based within the Historic Bar Walls of York & is the city’s first licensed distillery. 

Founded in 2017 by craft distiller, Dominic M’Benga, Hooting Owl is best know for its Yorkshire gins, each inspired by a different area of the region and distilled using at least 15 different botanicals.

Dominic was born and bred in Yorkshire and uses his knowledge and love of the county to build the recipes for his multiple award-winning, premium spirits which include gin, rum and vodka. 

He takes inspiration and flavours from around the Yorkshire region to create a top-quality range of hand-crafted, small batch spirits. 

They can produce about 1000 bottles a day & label everything by hand. And the reason they do that is because they make 137 different gins, eight rums, two vodkas, a couple of ‘bourbons’ and the Brandy. 

The company’s base, Barmby Moor House, once a famous public house and iconic coaching inn, is steeped in history spanning several centuries. 

Tired horses would be changed here after the gruelling journey from York over ‘The Black Moor’ and it’s reputed that a young Queen Victoria stayed at the house, the master bedroom still being known today as The Queen’s Room in her honour. 
Making good use of the extensive old stable building at Barmby Moor House, Hooting Owl is home to a fully equipped craft distillery, expertly distilling a range of traditional dry gins and other premium craft spirits combining a carefully researched and selected blend of botanicals. Inspired by the story of the house itself and by the geography, culinary heritage and abundant produce of Yorkshire, Hooting Owl also adds a hint of family and military history to the mix. 

Meet The Distiller 

For us, Gin is about individual taste. There are over 300 Gins currently available on the UK market; it can be tricky to find one that’s the exact flavour you are looking for. We can create a unique bespoke or white label Gin, or you can choose from our range of flavours. 

Dom runs our Gin school where he takes visitors through producing their own Gin using their preferred botanical flavours. Whether you want to infuse your favourite fruit or a combination of herbs and spices, we will develop a Gin that perfectly fits the bill. We can also store the recipe and method in our safe for ordering in the future, which is not available to anyone else. 

Dom our Founder & Distiller is a former soldier and Bradford-born green innovator who is putting his eco credentials into practice at our artisan gin distillery. Dom is utilising his past experience by looking at ways to eliminate water wastage at the distillery.  

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