Cornish Gins

We only talk about Cornish gin today at all because of Tarquin’s, the first Cornish distillery for over 100 years. And it is because of that – and the absolutely wonderful range of Cornish gins that Tarquin’s offer – that Tarquin’s Cornish gins have pride of place on our bar and we work with them so closely on all our events.

But as one of the biggest and busiest Cornish restaurants, we have the room and are always welcome to standing by other new and outstanding Cornish gins. So as well as finding some useful behind-the-scenes information about the Cornish gins crafted by Tarquin’s, you can also read the curious tale of Curio Rock Samphire.


As we said, Tarquin’s is the first Cornish distillery for over 100 years. But what’s in the name? As is often the case, the story starts with one man – Tarquin Leadbetter – realising in 2012 that his chosen profession isn’t the profession he was born to choose taking a very different path – and a journey of discovery and self-discovery, of trial and error, fun times and hard times, before the taste of success is very sweet indeed.

Success crowned when the brilliantly bold Tarquin’s ‘The SeaDog’ Navy Strength Gin, clocking in at a punchy 57% abv, beat over 260 individual gins to become the “World’s Best Gin” at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Here at The Bay View Inn, we always stock at least two Tarquin’s gins, our ‘house’ dry gin and Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry, regularly spicing up the range with their latest fruity marvels.

If you love Tarquin’s gin, just ask what other gins we have on our shelves right now.


Unlike Tarquin’s, which is a story of one man’s quest, Curio is a labour of love from a husband and wife team, William and Rubina Tyler-Street who became curious about setting up a bespoke spirits brand at the same time as Tarquin back in 2012 and celebrated seeing their first products take to the optics in December 2014.

Four times distilled, Curio Rock Samphire gin captures the light, fresh sea spray and wild aromas of the Cornish coast with the rock samphire hand foraged on the local cliff tops and was deserved winner of a silver medal in the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017, and a gold medal winner in the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2018.

If you love Curio gin, you might also like to try Curio Peruvian Cocoa Nib Vodka that we also stock here.