To celebrate the news, Arriva Trains Wales invited Cardiff Gin Club onto its premium train service from Cardiff to Shrewsbury, otherwise known as ‘Gerald’ last week (Friday, 17 August) to be first in line to taste the lovingly homemade gins.
Members of Cardiff Gin Club were also treated to an evening meal cooked by Arriva’s At-Seat Catering team, and received a talk from Rob Higgins, Eccentric Gin’s founder, about how the UK’s renewed passion for gin has helped grow his business, as well as offering samples of his latest products.
Eccentric Gins was formed in the small town of Llantrisant and made up of five experienced craft brewers and avid gin enthusiasts. Today the brand offers five dynamic flavours of gin ranging in styles and methods, all handcrafted from their distillery based in Caerphilly.
Cardiff Gin Club aims to bring some of the finest craft distilleries around Wales, UK and afar to Cardiff for people to learn their craft and sample some of the best gin in the business.
Nicky Batchelor from Cardiff Gin club, said: “We were thrilled to receive an invitation from Arriva to join their first ever gin tasting train journey, particularly to try a selection of gins made in South Wales.
“We’re always on the lookout to sample new gins to include as part of our events, so this was a great chance for us to try something new — and doing it while on the train made the experience all the more enjoyable!
Rob Higgins, the man behind the expansion of Eccentric Gin, said: “We are so grateful to Arriva for supporting our gins and helping to expand our audience.
“Our main goal has always been to put Cardiff on the gin map of the world. Everybody knows London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Edinburgh Gin, and Dublin Gin, but Cardiff wasn’t there. It is now.”
All customers are now welcomed to try a selection of Eccentric Gin products, which has further built Arriva’s extensive range of Welsh produce available to passengers.
The gins are available on Arriva’s Premier Class service running between Holyhead and Cardiff called ‘Gerald’, where customers can enjoy either a hot breakfast or a three-course meal cooked by on-board Chefs and made with the very best local produce from around the network, showcasing the very best Wales and the borders has to offer.
They are also available on the At Seat Catering trolleys aboard standard services.
Bethan Jelfs, Customer Services Director at Arriva, said: “Our At-Seat Catering team are continually striving to provide exceptional customer service for our customers during their journey across our network.
“We are really excited to be working with another south Wales-based company and have already received great feedback on the products and their unique flavours.
“We hope our adult customers will continue to enjoy the bespoke gins and beers with such a wide variety of flavours.”
For more information on Arriva Trains Wales’ on board At-Seat catering team, visit www.arrivatrains.wales.