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Arriva Trains has started offering gin made in Caerphilly — and hosted a gin tasting experience to celebrate

24 August 2018

Arriva Trains has started offering gin made in Caerphilly — and hosted a gin tasting experience to celebrate: IMG 8601

COMMUTERS AND GIN LOVERS across Arriva Trains Wales’ services can now enjoy some of Wales’ best home-brewed gin — thanks to Caerphilly-based distillery, Eccentric Gin.

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

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Megan Evans

Notes to editors

About Arriva Trains Wales

  • The Arriva Trains Wales network extends throughout Wales and the border counties of England, providing local and long-distance services to major destinations such as Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Birmingham, Chester and Manchester.
  • ATW’s on board At-Seat Catering team offers a selection of drinks and snacks brought to your seat, including sandwiches, cakes, snacks, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Providing for just under 32 million passenger journeys per year, ATW plays a major social and economic role in connecting people and communities throughout its network with a fleet of 128 trains covering a route of over 1,000 miles. ATW operates 247 stations throughout England and Wales of which 55 are staffed.
  • The Wales and Borders franchise started in December 2003 and runs for 15 years.  In the past 10 years, Arriva Trains Wales has invested £31 million in the network to improve stations, staff facilities and training, service availability and ticket purchase opportunities.
  • ATW is dedicated to providing excellent customer service throughout its network: National Rail Passenger Survey results report the overall customer satisfaction with Arriva Trains Wales is currently at 82% (Autumn 2015), while ATW is consistently one of the best national ‘right time’ performing rail operators in the UK.
  • ATW is one of the largest private sector employers in Wales, employing around 2200 people, and has created more than 300 additional jobs in Wales and the border counties since 2003.
  • ATW is committed to investing and developing in young talent: 21 apprentices and 13 graduate trainees have been recruited through its National Award-Winning Apprenticeship Scheme.  
  • ATW is constantly seeking to improve links with local communities and customers. In 2004, ATW set up the popular ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme, supports many large high profile events around Wales such as Velothon Wales and the Cardiff Half Marathon and is a community partner of Disability Sports Wales.
  • ATW are industry leaders in utilising and developing new technology in order to better its customer service offering. In 2015 ATW introduced the UK’s first video assisted train ticket vending machine and the Mobile multi-flex ticket, the first smart-phone ticketing product of its kind in the UK rail industry.