Halifax-based artisan distillers, Speight’s Gin, has created a new gin to celebrate the history and heritage of The Piece Hall, in the centre of Halifax, the world’s only remaining Georgian cloth hall, which was built in 1779 as a venue for trading of pieces (30-yard lengths) of cloth produced by cottage workers on handlooms.
In August 2022 the iconic building celebrated its fifth anniversary since re-opening in 2017, following a multi-million pound renovation.
To commemorate this milestone The Piece Hall Trust worked with Peter Speight, who owns and runs Speight’s Gin, to develop a bespoke new gin.
The new gin was created to reflect the local geography and is infused with 11 botanicals, including plums and turmeric, which were used in the traditional wool-dying process, along with dandelion root and heather, a feature of the surrounding natural Yorkshire landscape; there are juniper berries; lemon peel; sheep sorrel, marigold petals, elderberries, orris root and angelica root.
Commenting on the launch of the new gin, Peter Speight, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with The Piece Hall team. The gin we have created has taken two years to perfect and we are delighted with the outcome.
“We’re still trying to absorb the magnitude of this partnership so our sincere thanks go out to all our friends, family and customers who have supported this amazing journey.”
The stylish design of the bottle also echoes the rich architectural splendor of this historic building, with the label taking its inspiration from the iconic South Gate.
A gin-based cocktail based on the new gin, specially created by The Piece Hall mixologists, is also available to order at The Trading Rooms restaurant and bar within The Piece Hall.
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