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Introducing Pauntley Court's very own quince gin

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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We had simply the most magical wedding at Pauntley Court. The venue truly is absolutely gorgeous and has everything you could possibly need for your wedding weekend. We were initially drawn to the house itself but the rest of the grounds and the church being so close sealed the deal for us!

On our wedding weekend, we checked in on Friday and were warmly welcomed by Melissa, Jilly and Rachel and then spent the day setting up bits and pieces ready for our big day. We just loved being able to have our family stay over for the whole weekend and really get to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Jilly was our wedding co-ordinator and was so helpful during the whole process, from planning right through to the big day. She took away the stress of having to make decisions on the day and was just so helpful and warm to all of our guests. Jilly is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. We were so lucky to have her!

If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t change a thing!

 

Bride & Groom

August 2023

 

Photo by Dearest Love Photograpy

- Lucy & Ryan