Whisky BarrelsGrims Dyke Hotel


12th – 13th January 2018

Details of 2018 exhibitors and prices will appear later in the year.
Thanks to exhibitors & guests. The 2017 festival details, now held, were:



Harrow Whisky Festival 2016 was a Stunning Success! We thought we could not do better but we were wrong. For 2017 we have a 50% increase in exhibitors, additional exhibitor space and many favourites returning from our first festival. SELL OUT AGAIN EXPECTED of main sessions, so do not delay in securing your tickets. Talks in 2017 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 but tickets are now on sale at prices below.

Maxxium with its wide range of whisky and bourbons are returning for our second festival. The Maxxium range includes The Macallan, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Highland Park, Jim Bean and many more www.maxxium.co.uk . You will find photos or details about several of these distilleries by clicking on the Islay, Highlands and Speyside buttons. In addition to a fabulous range of Whiskies and some Gins and Vodka, we will have The Whisky Exchange www.TheWhiskyExchange.com  for those of you wanting to buy a bottle of your favourite. Remember we also offer exceptional value Dream Tickets that include accommodation and some dining.


Tasting sessions

Friday evening                  7pm to 9.15pm        £14-50
Saturday 1st session         Noon to 3-45pm       £19-50
Saturday early evening      5pm to 8-45pm        £19-50


Tasting and Distiller Banquet (Friday)

Friday evening from 6.45pm to late                      £37-00                       

Tasting followed by four course banquet, more whisky and dining with whisky experts. Take seats for banquet at 9.15pm with a late finish but before midnight.


Dream Tickets
(Including Accommodation)

Friday or Saturday night + 2 tasting sessions    £99-00 (Single occupancy £25 supplement)

The Dream Ticket includes one nights accommodation and the Distiller Banquet on Friday Night; or one of our legendary Cream Teas for those staying Saturday night. Cream Tea served around 4pm in Gilbert's Restaurant. Full English or Scottish breakfast included  with priority seating for talks (must be booked) along with early admission to the first Saturday session at 11.50am. Finally a souvenir festival booklet and also a chance to try on the 'kilt' at 11am in the Sullivan Suite, remember to bring your camera.

BOOKINGS phone 020 8385 3100 or reservations@grimsdyke.com

Black tokens
Some distillers and exhibitors may have a very special bottle, perhaps one of a kind, that they can sell you a token for 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.

Talks and Music
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 and we have James from McKeefry Irish Music Festivals www.mimf.co.uk to entertain us also.

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.

We will again have plenty of tasting samples covering each one of the six Scottish Whisky regions, together with Ireland and Overseas. With a 50% increase in exhibitors you can tell our Whisky Scouts have been busy visiting and lining up something special. In 2015 they went as far as Orkney and Islay and are scheduled to visit Campbeltown again. They have also been searching out some newer and interesting distilleries south of the border.

The Whisky Exchange

To allow you to buy bottles of your favourites, we have invited The Whisky Exchange to the festival; it will focus on the whisky and spirits that you can taste at the festival. The Whisky Exchange is a renowned online retailer, founded in 1999 and featuring a range of more than 4,000 whiskies. Three-quarters of this range is single malt Scotch whisky, as well as a sizeable selection from the US, Ireland, Japan and further afield. TWE also has 400 rums, 350 vodkas, 500 Cognacs/Armagnacs, 300 gins and 150 Tequilas, as well as nearly 1,000 liqueurs – all available online.

Whisky Exchange


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.


Festival links





Other links



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