Baytown, the Robin Hood’s Bay producer of smugglers’ beer, has launched a new range of premium spirits.
The range comprises gin, vodka, whisky and port in 700ml and 500ml smugglers’ style heritage bottles.
Each drink commemorates the key characters of 18th Century smuggling around Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.
Baytown has offered Whitby Gazette readers the chance to win all four bottles of booze.
Zachariah Storm Gin highlights how the Storm family has lived in Robin Hood’s Bay for almost 500 years. It is likely that members of the Storm family were at the centre of the village’s smuggling activity.
Lingers’ Ghost Vodka notes how the modern day folklore of a ghost at Lingers’ Hill, just outside Robin Hood’s Bay, has its roots in smuggling times.
A rider in white mounted on a white horse would be seen out and about just before a smuggling run took place.
21st Light Dragoon Whisky relates how the army was brought in to patrol the coastal areas in order to apprehend smuggling gangs. The area was remote which made the dragoon’s job extremely dangerous.
Tales of fights, arrests and betrayal can be found in the local archives.
Squire Farsyde Port reminds how the local gentry, the Farsyde family of Thorpe Hall, were probably involved in funding and supporting smuggling activity. Thorpe Hall at Fylingthorpe had a special pit built to hide smuggled goods and can still be seen today.
Baytown’s new spirits range is already available at Station Road Stores and the Victoria Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay, Barnards of Fylingthorpe, Whitby Tourist Information Centre, Village Stores and Gifts in Goathland and Grosmont Coop. The range is also available by mail order, details at www.baytownrhb.com
Paul Johnston of Baytown said: “We have aimed to produce a high quality range of spirits which complement our beers and which continue to commemorate the area’s rich smuggling heritage.”
Baytown’s new spirits range is supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority through its Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant, which funds projects that make it easier for visitors to enjoy the area’s local distinctiveness.
The Moors Centre at Danby and Sutton Bank Visitors Centre also stock the Baytown spirits range.
New stockists are welcome and trade details can be obtained from Paul Johnston of Baytown on (01947) 880513.
Bottles sell in stores from £16 upwards.
One lucky person can win all four bottles of spirits!
Answer the question:
Baytown’s gin is named after which Robin Hood’s Bay family?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday October 26 and we’ll announce the winner in our edition on Friday October 30. The winner must be able to collect the prize from our offices at St Hilda’s Business Centre on The Ropery and be aged 18-plus.