Decades in the making

Pennington’s Spirits & Liqueurs wasn’t the result of board room meetings or spreadsheets but rather conceived “by accident” after owning Burgundy’s Wine Bar in Kendal for over 30 years. On a quiet Winter’s evening in 1990, I had the idea to create my own products with as much provenance as the selection of wines and spirits from around the world behind the bar – I recalled the recipe for Kendal Mint Cake that I would make with my grandfather and set about creating Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur. I never dreamt that it would leave the confines of the bar and certainly not develop into a whole new business.

The birth of Pennington’s Spirits

It wasn’t until 2015 when one of the regulars in the bar asked if we wanted to take a stall at the Kendal Christmas Markets that we thought about selling the liqueurs to the public. In conjunction with my partner Annie, we hand bottled a small quantity of Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and Bakewell Liqueur in the hopes of a small success. Little did we know that we would be mixing, bottling and labelling until midnight every night, such was the success. This was when we received the first enquiries from local gift shops to stock a few dozen bottles and the real work began.

Family Business

Once I sold Burgundy’s in 2018 as a result of the flourishing Spirits & Liqueurs business, we employed Annie’s son and our business has been growing ever since. Our family owned and run business therefore allows us to retain the poetic licence that started the business and ensure that our collective philosophies of hard work are evident in each and every bottle. In recent years we have won dozens of awards including Gold at the World Gin Awards (Lakeland Moon Gin) and Gold at the Liqueur Masters (Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur), as well as an array of other awards as evidence of this.