Despite being very cold, it was a lovely bright day in Knaresborough on Sunday so we lingered just a little too long and missed our planned train back to Leeds. Never mind! We could fill the time before the next departure by visiting the pub that is almost on the station platform at Knaresborough, the welcoming Mitre Inn.
There were several fine beers on the menu but the Winter Solstice gin on the gin menu looked inviting and was advertised as ‘gin of the month’ by the Mitre. The gin is made by Whittaker’s, a small North Yorkshire distillery which has won several awards for their range. Whittaker’s description of Winter Solstice is “a traditional smooth gin with a base of Juniper, Coriander and Angelica Root with signature botanicals of sultanas, raisins, currants, bitter orange, star anise, cloves and cinnamon“.
The orange, star anise and Angelica root were the main flavours I picked up with a slight undertone of sultana. I thought I detected cardamon too. It was fresh but comforting, different but not disturbing. Served on ice with a slice of orange, a scattering of juniper berries and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic water, it was was delightful. A perfect winter gin.
We also tried a few of the small plates or starters from the menu at the Mitre Inn, all very good; the nachos, the sweet chicken salad and macaroni cheese which was filling and tasty.
However, there was still a train to catch and warmed by the winter gin we headed the few yards to the station platform.