Manchester will soon boast another gin distillery and visitor experience centre, courtesy of Thomas Dakin Gin. 

Work has already begun on the Thomas Dakin Gin Distillery, a venue which is set to showcase the “rich heritage, craft excellence and entrepreneurial spirit” of both the award-winning Thomas Dakin and the city of Manchester. 

The announcement follows the news earlier this month that Manchester Gin also has plans to open a city centre distillery, which will be located under Manchester Central, the conference and events venue.

The new Thomas Dakin craft distillery will be located in the heart of the city centre between Deansgate and Albert Square. The venue will boast three craft copper pot stills, which will be visible behind the distillery’s striking glass frontage. Alongside the working gin distillery, the venue will include a bar, and an event space for hospitality and entertaining. The venue, which received full planning permission in 2018, will open in early Autumn this year.

The new distillery will continue the legacy of Thomas Dakin, one of the pioneers of the development and refinement of quality English Gin from 1761. The team behind the new distillery plan to combine traditional techniques employed by Dakin himself centuries ago, with pioneering modern methods to break new ground in craft gin.

The Thomas Dakin Distillery is expected to attract 70,000 visitors expected in the first year.  It will create more than 50 jobs and will have the capacity to produce over one million bottles of gin every year.

David Hume, director of Thomas Dakin at brand owner, Quintessential Brands Group, said: “At last, it’s happening – the Thomas Dakin Gin Distillery will soon be a reality! As the label on the bottle says, the Thomas Dakin Legacy lives on, but with this new distillery, we’re going to be breaking new ground in craft gin distilling and really championing the great craft heritage that Manchester has.

“Dakin was a true visionary of his day and the distillery will continue Thomas Dakin’s great gin-making legacy, while highlighting to the world the Northwest’s important place in the colourful history of gin.”