Sunshine, greenery and oodles of gin – now that sounds like our kind of session.
The weatherman just became our best friend because he’s predicting a summer heatwave that will reach all the way to the North. And the timing couldn’t be better, because we’ve got a new gin garden for you to check out. Nestled at the top of The Potting Shed in Guiseley, it’s a secret sun trap that will transport you from the bustling city to a tropical hideaway where you can indulge in a delicious array of G&Ts.
The Potting Shed already has a gin parlour, but this latest addition is something new. It has an indoors-outdoors vibe, with vast windows on three sides and a retractable roof that will let you take full advantage of those sunny summer days (as well as those drizzly rainy ones). You can settle down on their cosy rattan sofas or pull up a pew at one of the bright white garden tables, where you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, grass-covered floors and living walls.
In this leafy wonderland, gin is god and it’s delivered to your table with incredible efficiency. That’s right, it’s table service, so the only reason to step out of the rays is to refresh your sunscreen. But we digress, you want to know about the gin, right? They’ve built a new bar and dedicated it to local legends The Artful Pour, a modern distillery based in Yeadon with a collection of six craft gins.
You can try them in two ways – as classic pours or artful concoctions, but even the classics will make you rethink your usual garnishes. Keep it simple with Yorkshire Dry Gin, Indian tonic, lemon and juniper berries or try something a little more adventurous. How does English Rhubarb Gin sound? It goes surprisingly well with ginger ale and strawberries. And if you like your gin with a fruity twang, they’ve coupled their Pink Grapefruit Gin with Mediterranean tonic, orange and grapefruit.
Their artful pours are even more creative and more akin to a cocktail than a G&T. Their Violet Gin is paired with Maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and Indian tonic, then topped with raspberries to create a wonderfully rich drink. Or you can try a refreshing twist on a mojito as they combine Cucumber and Mint Gin with lime, sugar syrup and fresh mint. As for the Passionfruit Gin, it lives up to the fruity dream – they mix it with vanilla vodka, fruit syrup and pineapple juice, then serve it with a shot of prosecco.
But your gin exploits needn’t end there, because they have another 40 gins inside and you can have any of them delivered to your table. From Masons to Hendrick’s, Aviation to Monkey 47, there’s a little something for everyone here. Try Brockmans with a twist of pink grapefruit or Gin Mare with a garnish of rosemary. And if gin isn’t your thing, there’s a bar full of beer, spirits and wine to keep you liquored up.
Any daytime session demands food and The Potting Shed has a menu full of classics dishes, so whether you want a pizza smothered in hot and spicy beef or a cheeseburger topped with bacon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But when it comes to summer sessions, there’s nothing better than their kebabs. You can get chicken, lamb kofta or halloumi, served on a freshly cooked flatbread with homemade coleslaw. Delish.
The longer you stay, the more you’ll love it here, because as the afternoon turns to evening, they take it up a notch with live music and DJs on the weekend. While you may not be able to see it from your sun-kissed spot, you’ll certainly hear it because they feed the music up to the gin garden, so you won’t miss a thing.
The Potting Shed’s new gin garden is a little slice of botanical heaven, a lush green space where you can enjoy the summer sun with a G&T in hand, and you won’t find anything like it outside the city centre. So what are you waiting for? Check it out before this fleeting heatwave disappears.