The Surrey Copper Distillery is now open for private and public tour experiences. The following guide is intended to promote a safe environment for guests and our staff during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Guests with any of the known Covid-19 symptoms including a high temperature, new continuous cough and/or loss of taste/smell should not under any circumstances attend the tour experience.
Upon arrival guests will be asked to sit on the chairs provided outside the distillery which will be placed 1 metre apart – a gazebo will be sited in case of inclement weather. All guests will be required to sign a form confirming that they have read this guide and provide a contact telephone number so that they may be traced easily later if required.
The toilet may be used but only one guest is permitted inside the building to use the toilet at any time. Before entering the building please use hand sanitiser. Hand wash and disposable paper towels will be provided in the toilet. Hand sanitiser should be used when returning to the group after having used the facilities.
Chairs outside the distillery will be placed 1 metre apart, however, guests who live in the same household or share a social bubble may sit closer together if they wish. Each guest will be provided with a complimentary G&T upon arrival (any drivers should identify themselves at this time, they will be provided with an alcohol drinks package to consume at home). All drinks will be provided in disposable plastic glasses. When each drink is finished guests should dispose of their own glass in the bins provided. A new plastic glass will be provided for any and each subsequent drink. Tables will be covered with disposable tablecloths which will be disposed of at the end of each tour session.
At the beginning of the tour a short introductory talk will be provided by the chief distiller covering the fundamentals of gin, how gin is made and some of the botanicals used to make Copperfield gin. Questions are encouraged. This will take place outside the distillery.
Where a cocktail masterclass has been purchased as part of a private tour, three different cocktails will be demonstrated by distillery staff. Outside of Covid-19 restrictions guests would usually be asked to make their own cocktail of choice from the three demonstrated, either individually or in pairs; however, for the foreseeable future cocktails for consumption will be made by distillery staff only.
A maximum of 6 people will be allowed into the distillery production area at any one time. Entry will be via the large roller doors which will be kept open throughout. Guests must remain within the marked area and stand on the crosses placed on the floor at each stopping point along the tour. All guests much maintain a social distance of at least 1 metre whilst in the distillery area.
All guests will be required to wear a face covering in the distillery production area and use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving. Face masks will be available for guests who don’t have their own face covering and each guest will be provided with a free personal bottle of hand sanitiser to use and take away afterwards.
Guests are kindly asked not to touch anything including equipment, bottles, any surfaces etc whilst in the distillery area.
After the walking tour a tutored tasting will take place. Each guest will be provided with a set of small sample cups, each of which will contain a different neat spirit to taste. Mixers can be provided as required. Once again, after each guest has finished they will be asked to place their own cups into the bins provided.
Any issues or concerns relating to this guide should be raised with distillery staff either in advance of the tour or at any point during the experience.