Whisky BarrelsGrims Dyke Hotel


10th – 11th January 2020

Details below are from the January 2019 festival already held:


Our 2018 festival was a stunning success and we have a 2019 festival line up at least as good. New high quality exhibitors and return of many favourites from 2018. SELL OUT AGAIN EXPECTED of main sessions, so do not delay in securing your tickets. There will again be a pop up shop so you can buy some of your favourites. Talks in 2019 will be in the prestigious first floor Sullivan Suite, used as a filming location for Sliding Doors (Gwyneth Paltrow film) One Chance (James Corden) and many more besides. Fuller details of exhibitors are still being added to the website. Tickets go on sale on 1 September 2018.

Tasting sessions
Friday evening (Short session) 7pm to 9.15pm £18-00
Saturday first session Noon to 3.30pm £19-50
Saturday early evening 5:15pm to 8.45pm £21-00

Tasting and Distiller Banquet/Luncheon (3 courses)
Friday Distiller banquet 6.45pm to late £40-00
Saturday Distiller Luncheon Noon to 3.30pm £37-00
Dining tables in Gilbert’s restaurant hosted by Distillers and other Experts with further whisky or whiskey. Seating times are 9.15pm on Friday evening and 12.45pm for the Saturday Distiller Luncheon.

Dream Tickets
(Including Accommodation)
Friday or Saturday night + two tasting sessions £99-00 (Single occupancy £20 supplement)
Dining includes breakfast and the Distiller Banquet on Friday night or the Distiller Luncheon on Saturday. Bar snacks can be purchased at other times.

BOOKINGS phone 020 8385 3100 or reservations@grimsdyke.com

Black tokens
Some exhibitors may have a very special bottle, perhaps one of a kind, that they can sell you a token to try a dram. Other than those special 'black tokens' your tasting samples are included in the ticket price, along with a plentiful supply of water for tasting purposes and cleansing your tasting glass. We provide both Glencairn and traditional Whisky glasses for use during the festival and to be left at the festival. Some distillers have special glasses with logos they can sell you if you wish to buy a souvenir.

We are renowned for the quality and variety of our whisky and distillery related talks, which have received high praise from our audiences. Subjects range across touring distilleries, wildlife around distilleries the distillers art and much more besides. The Editor of Scottish Islands Explorer magazine plans to be with us again.

Beyond the Whisky
The estate has a significant place in history as the final home of Sir William and Lady Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan) and with its award winning 40 acre gardens and woods. Providing the paths are dry enough they make for pleasant walking on crisp winter days. The substantial number of evergreens in the gardens mean there is colour throughout the year. You can borrow maps from Reception taking you to historical locations in the gardens. Alternatively to the shooting locations for Films and TV episodes such as Dr Who, The Avengers, Little Britain, The Saint, Randall & Hopkirk, Eastenders, Endless Night (Agatha Christie) Hammer films, Futtocks End (Ronnie Barker) and many more.

Festival Rooms and Food
The festival tastings will be in the Drawing Room and the Music Room (First floor – no lift). Food will be on sale during part of the tasting sessions. Cream Teas and Gilbert's Restaurant should be pre-booked.

T's and C's – Challenge 25
Bookings are taken in accordance with the Terms & Conditions on the main hotel website www.grimsdyke.com and a strict challenge 25 policy will apply. If you are asked and fail to produce acceptable photo indentification, to confirm you are aged at least 18, you will be refused entry. Tickets can only be purchased by adults and only for adults. The management reserve the right to remove anyone behaving inappropriately and/or causing upset to other festival goers.

Last pour and water
Last pour is called 20 minutes before the session end. Please ensure you drink plenty of water, drink responsibly and have some food also.

Our Whisky Scouts have again been busy visiting and lining up something special. Visits since 2015 have taken them as far as Arran, Campbeltown, Ireland, Islay, Jura, Orkney and Speyside. They have also been searching out some newer and interesting distilleries south of the border.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Grim's Dyke has an almost unrivalled reputation for special events from Weddings to our Gilbert & Sullivan Festival weekends. Just look at how guests speak so highly of our weddings on the Hitched website. Should you be interested in a special private event or Whisky themed wedding just speak with our Conference and Function staff.


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Other links



www.smws.com    (The Scotch Malt Whisky Society)