Whisky BarrelsGrims Dyke Hotel



10th – 11th January 2020 (5th Festival)


Our 2020 (5th) festival is set to be the best yet, with more exhibitors than ever before. Return of many favourites and new high quality exhibitors. SELL OUT AGAIN EXPECTED of main sessions. Pop-up shops will again operate so you can buy bottles of some of your favourite spirits. Main ticket sale from 1 September.

Tasting sessions


Friday evening (short session)


7pm to 9.10pm




Saturday first session


Noon to 3.20pm




Saturday early evening


5.15pm to 8.45pm



Tasting session with Dining (3 course)


Friday (short session) then the Distiller Banquet


7pm to Late finish


£39-00 (SOLD OUT)

Dining tables are in Gilbert’s restaurant hosted by distillers and with further whisky or whiskey. Seating time 9.10pm.
How it works
Virtually all the tastings are included in your ticket price. Just approach a distiller and politely ask for a tasting dram. We loan you the special Glencairn tasting glasses for use during the session. Please drink responsibility, have plenty of water and eat some food. Last pour is called 20 minutes before session end.

Dream Drams (Under the counter drams)
Sometimes a distiller may have brought something truly special, perhaps the very last of a superb bottling. A small charge may apply to taste such delights. This can include whiskies from much loved distilleries that are now silent.

Special overnight room rates with a session ticket, from £55 (Single), enquire.

BOOKINGS Phone 020 8385 3100 or


We are renowned for the quality of our whisky and distillery related talks and the noon Saturday session will include one of these popular talks. The Editor of Scottish Islands Explorer magazine plans to be with us again.

Just click on the buttons at the top of the HOME page for information about the fantastic line up of distillers and other exhibitors expected for the 5th festival. Our Whisky Scouts have been as busy as ever visiting distilleries all around the UK and also locating overseas exhibitors for the festival.

Food and Festival Rooms
Food will be on sale during part of the tasting sessions or is included with the highly popular Distiller Banquet ticket. Exhibitors will be located in the Music Room (1st floor, no lift) and ground floor in the Drawing Room and the Lobby.

Grim’s Dyke Estate (Beyond the whisky)
The estate has a significant place in history being the former home of Sir William and Lady Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan) and has been a location for some 40 Films and TV episodes …………Dr Who, Sliding Doors, Little Britain, Randall & Hopkirk, The Avengers and many more. The 40 acres with award winning gardens make for pleasant winter walks when paths are dry. Maps and Guides from Reception take you around historic areas and filming locations.

Terms and Conditions – Challenge 25
A strict policy of adults only applies, if photo ID is requested and not produced admission will be refused. The Terms & Conditions on this and the main hotel website www.grimsdyke.com apply. Management reserve the right to remove anyone behaving inappropriately and/or causing upset to other guests, no refund would apply.

Festival links





Other links



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