Need some Ginspiration?

Need a little ginspiration? Then you’re in the right place. Our Surf Bar might be smaller than you might imagine given the size of our restaurant, but when it comes to gin we punch well above our weight with over 50 gins.

Here’s a quick tour:


Cornish gins rock. So our house dry here is, as you’d expect, not Gordons – its Tarquin’s Dry. But you can also find classy dry, lip-smackingly flavoured and head-turningly unusual gins from many other Cornish distillers including Curio, Pocketful of Stones, Wrecking Coast and Trevethan.

Read more about Cornish gins here.


Pink gins kick-started gin mania and they’re still among the most popular gins on the bar. This season, we focused on three pink gins that offer their own unique twist on what it means to be in the pink: Mermaid Pink, Tarsier Oriental Pink and Lilly Pilly Pink.

Read more about these amazing pink gins here.


Talking of award-winning gins, we always have the world’s best gins here.

Dingle Original Gin

Naturally, that means stocking the delectable all-conquering floral masterpiece, Hernö Old Tom, but we’ve also got the 2019 World’s Best Gin, Dingle Original.  If you want something rare, we also stock cask-aged gins like Ki Noh Bi “11th edition”, a Japanese gin aged for 6 months in an ex-sherry butt that held Karuizawa single malt whisky for 25 years; Hernö Sipping Gin #1.3, a gin matured in a cask which previously held legendary Ardbeg whisky; plus Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Edition 1, a premium gin rested in Jean de Lillet oak barrels.


If you love gin, it won’t have escaped your notice that gins now come in almost every flavour imaginable. And as a restaurant, it hasn’t escaped our notice that it’s kinda fun to pair dishes – especially our homemade desserts – with some of these lip-smackingly flavoured gins.

By all means, give one of our best sellers a go like Pixie Tears, a shimmering cucumber and elderflower gin, Italian orange gin Malfy Con Arancia or That Boutique-y Spit-Roasted Pineapple. or try cake-flavoured gins like Solway Sticky Toffee Pudding, Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle and Bakewell Cherry & Almond.

Retro candy flavoured gin liqueurs are also featured here with gins like Violetta Shimmering Parma Violet, 3 Pugs Candyfloss, Persian Blue Marshmallow and Dr Eamers’ Emporium Love Hearts that really does taste exactly like Love Heart sweets.


But while you’re here, go off the beaten track a bit too: Dr Squid Ink is a very unusual Cornish gin made using real squid ink – it changes colour too. Another amazing colour-changing Australian wine/gin combo is Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz.

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