New beGINings for Cromwell Arms


All on board for a G&T!

One of the earliest stories we published – 18 months ago –  concerned our local, The Cromwell Arms, and was entitled ‘Bartenders predicting new Ice Age’ – where James the Bar Manager and mixologist let us pick his brains regarding making the perfect G&T.

James, though, has moved on to run his own pub – the Kestor Inn at Manaton – along with Gary and Julie, the previous tenants of the Croms; so new beginnings for all, you might say.  While Gary and Julie were among the first to stock John Lawton’s excellent Black Dog gin – locally produced, of course – the new guardians of our favourite local have added their twist on the gin theme, with a smart blackboard depicting an expanded gin menu and an artistic image of a G&T.

The Whitley Neil flavours on offer include raspberry, quince and lemon grass & ginger, along with Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire; as well as an intriguing strawberry & lime concoction, Kopparberg.

New landlord Robin Lewis told GINblogger: “Like a lot of pubs and hotels, we’ve responded to the growing popularity of gin, especially amongst younger customers; adding a dozen new flavours from the Whitley Neil range to our selection.  And they’re selling like hot cakes!”

Our landlady Caroline has discovered that she likes ginger instead of tonic – must give it a try!

Although I haven’t tried many of the gins from the Whitley Neil range, apart from the exotic and spicy ‘Original’ which we reviewed, I can promise you that your two bloggers will work their way down Caroline’s menu and report back, as we say in the Westcountry, “dreckley”.