Our Co-Founders Suzy & Jonathan Hobbs are proud to announce they were installed as Wardens of The Gin Guild as Brand Owners of Mr Hobbs Gin, and were amongst the new members joining The Gin Guild and taking their oath at The Mansion House, London on 11th October 2019.
The Gin Guild brings together gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of gin. It promotes and encourages commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.
October often conjures up images of plush green turning to brown and the leaves falling to make way for the Winter months.
Sunrise is shrouded in mist, there’s a nip in the air that suggests nothing will survive the cold that’s in store. This is just not true though. There is one rather sumptuous, cobalt blue fruit plumping up nicely around this time of year and that is the magic of the sloe berry.
What made the Hobbs family best placed to release Henley’s first and only ‘Highly Spirited’ gin?
The Hobbs family tree dates back to 1585 in Henley, and Hobbs of Henley- the boat hire business- was founded by Harry Hobbs (Jonathan’s great, great, grandfather) in 1870. Harry built a hospitality business giving people a good time on the river. With this long association with Henley and the river, we felt a first Henley Gin named after our founder made perfect sense.
It’s official, Mr Hobbs is welcoming Christmas with open arms!
We have recently been at several festive events including the magical Waddesdon Christmas Fair. The event is running until 16th December so if you haven’t visited already, there’s still time to go get those last few prezzies (or maybe even the first few, depending on how organised you’ve been this year!). We were there for the second week (21st Nov-25th Nov) with all our products including the brand-new gin and orange chocolate truffles we have recently launched with local chocolatier Gorvett & Stone.
How to know your Pearly Class from your Edwardian launch.
At Hobbs of Henley we’ve been renting out boats to day trippers for nearly 150 years, so we know how important it is to have boats that can meet a variety of needs. Whether you want to take a step back in time to the Edwardian era and enjoy a picnic with a group of friends, take your family for an hour-long spin in our smaller Pearly class launches or have some fun in a traditional rowing boat, we have the self-drive boat hire experience for you.
Fundamentally, Henley on Thames is a town dedicated to embracing the river and it was the area in which Wind in The Willows was written and based upon – ‘’The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie, and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames Valley.’’