Updated: Jun 14, 2021

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.

Photography by David Liebst

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

Photography by David Liebst

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!!

Photography by Redmaple

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 recipies below for inspiration.


5cl £5.00

35cl £19.50

50cl £24.50

To order please email Melissa at

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

Photography by David Liebst

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


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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