Plan Your Visit
We are a distillery, cocktail bar and shop in the Surrey Hills crafting award-winning spirits with love and laughter. We love to chat and welcome visitors to our beautiful countryside location.
The Gin Kitchen
Goldenlands Farm, Punchbowl Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4DX
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE...
How long should we stay?
Brunches and tasting experiences last 2-3 hours and distilling experiences 3-4 hours. You can extend your stay by adding on food in our cocktail bar to your experience or reserving a table for a few cocktails afterwards.
Can I just come for drinks?
Yes you can drink G&Ts and cocktails all night. You can always order street food or light bites and pizza at any point if you start to feel hungry.
Do you serve drinks other than gin?
Most people come to visit us to taste the finest gin on the planet, however we appreciate that you may have friends or partners who prefer other drinks. We have beer, wine, prosecco, soft drinks, mocktails, tea and coffee.
What should I wear?
We wear anything from steel toecaps to stilettos but be advised we're located in heritage buildings on a working farm, and the ground outside can be a bit uneven. The distillery can be draughty in winter so bring something warm if you're coming for a tasting or distilling experience.
Do you cater for food allergies and preferences?
Yes. We have a selection of gluten free options as well as dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. Please contact us if you have any special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them. If you're coming for a brunch, please tell us of any dietary requirements for any members of your group seven days in advance so that we can ensure the kitchen is ready.
Do you have access for people with disabilities?
The main car park has loose ground and so is not ideal for wheelchair access. There are also trip hazards around the main car park, so we recommend parking on the concrete closer to the Gin Kitchen buildings. All of the Gin Kitchen is on one level. There is a 1 cm step in the main entrance to the Orangery Bar and shop but a rubber ramp is in place at the left of the door. The toilets are shared facilities owned by the farm and unfortunately while there is a wide cubicle, there are no grab handles, assistance pull-cords or lever taps and latches. We are working with the farm to rectify this. Please contact us if you have any special requirements such as a sign language interpreter.
Do I need to bring ID?
We will not serve alcohol to anyone who looks under 25 and does not have a valid photo ID. This can be quite annoying if you're coming for an 18th birthday party cocktail master class, or are simply lucky enough to look under 25. Valid ID is a passport, driving licence photocard or a proof of age card with a PASS hologram. We only accept originals, a picture on a phone cannot be accepted.
Are you an inclusive venue?
Yes we are proud to be a LGBTQ+ friendly venue and sponsor of Pride in Surrey.
Do you have car parking?
Yes we have a car park on site. Cars are left at your own risk and we cannot accept responsibility for any loss.
Can I leave my car overnight?
Yes. We recommend that you leave your car and take a taxi home if you are drinking.
Can I stay in a camper-van overnight?
This can be arranged subject to the agreement of the farmer. Please contact us in advance.
Should I drive if I've been drinking?
We strongly recommend not driving if you are coming for an experience.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes we love dogs and have a water bowl and treats.
Can we book a taxi?
We can arrange a taxi when you're ready to leave. There are usually taxis outside Dorking Main train station and we recommend A Star taxis who can facilitate wheelchairs and provide lady drivers.
Do you recommend any hotels?
We recommend the White Horse Hotel in Dorking town centre, the Wotton House Hotel outside of Dorking towards Guildford, Blackbrook House a few minutes to the South, and the Travelodge at the end of Punchbowl Lane.
Are there any train stations nearby?
Dorking has three train stations: Dorking main, Dorking Deepdene and Dorking West. There is a taxi rank outside Dorking main and it takes around 5 minutes to reach us.
Can I walk to the distillery?
We are located 2 km outside of Dorking and are accessible on foot. We're a popular stop for people walking in the Surrey Hills and we're very close to the Deepdene Trail. If you're planning to walk along Punchbowl Lane at night we recommend a torch as it is narrow and not lit.
Can I cycle to the distillery?
We are on a popular cycle route that cuts out the A24 - A25 junction, close to National Cycle Route 22. We are also close to famous mountain bike trails such as Summer Lightning at Leith Hill and road racing routes such as the Box Hill hill climb which featured in the 2012 Olympic Games. You can leave your bike, but at your own risk.
Can I run to the distillery?
There is a 2 km route between Dorking High Street and the distillery. Try to beat Kate's personal best of just under 10 minutes.
Are there other attractions nearby?
We are close to Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Deepdene Trail for beautiful scenery and a good walk. The Denbies Wine Estate is also near by and so is the historic market town of Dorking.
Do you have any special precautions in place for COVID?
We keep the distillery and bars well ventilated and clean. There are currently no restrictions for hospitality in England and you are not required to check in or have a COVID pass. Please contact us if you are especially vulnerable to COVID infection and we will put extra measures in place as required.
Please contact us if you have any special requirements.