‘I’m feeling supersonic, give me gin and tonic’ – Oasis
*This is a collaborative post, we received complimentary tickets in return for an honest review*
It feels these days you can’t turn a corner without seeing an advert for this festival or that festival. And much as I love the idea of a reason to get together with all your mates and drink a particular type of booze or eat a particular type of food, using the word ‘festival’ is more likely to make me immediately think ‘captive audience/excuse to hike the prices up’.
I went to a gin festival at Wylam brewery last year and whilst i did enjoy it, the token system annoyed me as you were only able to sample those gins you paid for, which meant you were more selective about what you had and couldn’t try a little bit of everything.
Olives at the Station isn’t new to us, having visited it last year and including it as part of our Wine & Beer Metro Tour and falled instantly for it’s charms. Part pub, part bistro and handily located on the platform of Whitley Bay metro station it ticks all the right boxes for a great metro pub so I was really excited when they invited us along to their inaugural Gin and Rum festival.
As much as I liked all that we tried, and enjoyed talking to everyone and hearing their stories, particular standouts for me where the lemon drizzle gin from Sipsmith (probably the most famous brand in attendance) the Whitley Bay Gin corporation, who only do one gin but it had a real spice to it which is like nothing I’ve tried before and I really loved their moto of ‘one gin, ten different ways’. And the two rum stalls; Alnwick Rum and Old J Spiced Rum who both offered spiced rum much smoother and less sickly than the average rum you’d find in your local super market. I picked up some definite additions to my Christmas wish list that’s for sure.
Whitley Bay Metro Station
Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm