Pauntley Court has joined up with Gun Dog Gin, a local Herefordshire distillery, to create our very own quince flavoured gin using this golden 'pear-like' fruit from the gardens at Pauntley Court.

The History of the Quince

Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book

Elinor Fettiplace place was the last of the Whittington family (one Dick's descendants) to live at Pauntley in the late 1500s, her original recipes were found and have been published, giving a wonderful insight into Elizabethan cookery.

"And so to the magical quince, the golden apple of the Greeks, symbol of love and happiness, sacred to Venus who is often depicted holding one in her hand."

- Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book, Hilary Spurling

Photography by David Liebst

 

Married Amongst the Quince Trees

Our intimate and magical quince orchard in the formal gardens is a perfect private place for a small outside ceremony or drinks under the boughs, which look beautiful with their pink blossom in May and in September with their stunning golden fruit.

Why not have your drinks and canapés here. Ask Melissa about the Pauntley Quince Quencher gin cocktail!!

 

Buy Your Booze!

We're excited to announce you can now purchase our fabulous quince gin!

The little bottles make perfect wedding favours for your guests. Or why not stock the bar with larger bottles for your bar person to serve for you! Quince gin is a great cocktail component or it can be served with cheese similar to a pudding wine or as a gin liqueur. Maybe you'd rather buy a bottle or two to keep as a memento of your special day, which you can drink in the years to come.

Take a look at our cocktail recipes below for inspiration.

 

Prices

  • 5cl £5.00
  • 35cl £19.50
  • 50cl £24.50

To order please email Melissa at Melissa@pauntleycourt.com

 

Cocktail Inspiration

The Pauntley Court Quince Quencher

  • 25ml Quince Gun Dog Gin
  • 25ml Ages Maralade Vodka
  • 1 Bottle of Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
  • Garnish with sliced lime

Serve over ice

 

Dick's Tipple

  • 25ml Quince Gun Dog Gin
  • 25ml Elderflower Liqueur
  • 25ml Lime juice
  • Splash of Fever-Tree soda water to finish

Served over ice

Gun Dog Gin is made in Herefordshire using locally sourced fruit & vegetables which are steeped in British Gin. They offer a variety of other interesting flavours, which can be found on their website www.gundoggin.co.uk.

 

Did you know? 

"Boxes of quince marmalade were a favourite mediaeval wedding present, and they remained a luxury gift for anyone from royalty downwards until well into the seventeen century."

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Melissa and the Pauntley Team x



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I can't express how perfect the day, and the whole weekend, was! We had the most wonderful day filled with love, joy and laughter. Pauntley Court was a huge part of this. It's just the most beautiful location and we will think so fondly of it forever!

Melissa and Parky are so warm, welcoming and lovely. It was a pleasure organising the day with you in the lead up to the wedding day. 

Thank you ever so much for everything! It truly was the best day of our lives, I'm not sure my words are sufficient to explain this! 

Rachel's help was invaluable, she helped so much and meant we could focus all our time on the day and spending time with friends and family, knowing she was there was such a big bonus. The breakfast Sunday morning was great!



- Charlotte & Conor