Fairfax Distillery

Ashley & Kelly McCarthy are no strangers to the hospitality scene. Being owner operators of the very successful Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton for 20 years. Over that time accumulating numerous regional and national awards for service, cookery and of course using local commodities
Kelly had always been interested in the process of distilling and in 2019 booked onto a distilling course just as a matter of interest and to understand the products she served on the bar.

Ashley, a trained chef, had always been happy experimenting with chocolate and well known for his chocolate sculptures and has featured on many TV programmes with his pieces of ‘chocolate art’ over the last few years.

Times change, industries change, it was time for a change… this is where Fairfax was born. Our industry, as well as many others were turned upside down on 20th March 2020 when Covid shut all hospitality businesses.

Using our experience within the industry and our ‘new’ found knowledge, Kelly began distilling a Gin and Rum at a distillery nearby, badged it under the Fairfax name as we didn’t want to use the Sun Inn name. We wanted to gain true honest feedback from customers and friends to see what they really thought of the products- we certainly didn’t tell them Kelly had distilled it! The response was amazing, we couldn’t have asked for any better comments from everyone that tried the new Spirits. So once all the licenses were in order and the kit was installed Fairfax Distillery started distilling at the premises of Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton in September 2022. By then we had won regional awards for our spirits and recognised on the spirit scene for our ethos with a tasteful product range using local ingredients. Ashley’s chocolate products had been sold in the shop within the Sun for a few years prior to that, so we brought them all under the Fairfax umbrella. We now have a full range Fairfax Spirits in various styles and packages as well as a range of chocolate gifts, bars and novelties that are available via the online shop or various outlets.

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