The Immediate Past Mistress Distiller, Philippa Burrough held the first ever Livery Consorts event for the Worshipful Company of Distillers on 8thNovember 2018 at Beefeater Gin, prior to standing down as Mistress Distiller. The Consorts of many of the Livery Companies have been holding events over the past few years to raise money for charity and also to provide a sociable network during their year in office. A number of Consorts from various Livery Companies were invited to attend and included the then Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman as the Mistress’s personal guest.
Desmond Payne MBE, Master Distiller at Beefeater and Liveryman looked after guests with great charm and generosity guiding everyone through the visitor area tour and then the Distillery itself. A highly instructive and educational comparative tasting of six gins (Plymouth gin and 5 Beefeater gins) was followed by a Beefeater G&T. Several Consorts remarked that they could get quite use to drinking seven gins before midday!
The Consorts then headed to the Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain, where a delicious three course lunch was enjoyed by all. A bottle of Beefeater Crown Jewels, the Mistress’s gin of choice and a homemade quince vodka were presented to the Lady Mayoress by way of a thank you for her outstanding Mayoral year. This was the final event that the Lady Mayoress attended in her year. As she wrote in her letter of thanks, “I don’t expect anyone has had quite such a brilliant exit from the Mansion House.”
Thanks goes to the generosity of Desmond Payne and Beefeater for giving the tour free to the Mistress Distiller and as a result a total of £300 was raised for “Place2Be” one of the Mayoral charities.