Nicky and Jason Crown, with AJ Bonnett, centre, and some of the hand sanitiser. Picture: Ian Burt.
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Work on a new distillery, shop and “gin school” has re-started in King’s Lynn.

Flitcham-based WhataHoot, run by husband and wife team Jason and Nicky Crown, launched in June 2018 and has already won several awards.

The company was in the process of transforming a historic site in Lynn’s King Street into a bespoke distillery when the pandemic halted work.

“It was necessary to stop work for a few weeks, to ensure the safety of staff and tradespeople,” the couple said.

“However, as life has slowly begun to take on a new normal, contractors have now returned to the site and we are still hopeful of a summer opening.

“Although the official opening might not be quite the party we planned, we are nevertheless so excited about the start of a new era for WhataHoot. 

“The new premises will not only mean we will have a vastly increased capacity for production, we will be able to offer gin tours and make your own gin experiences, and the distillery will also be available for private hire.” 

The premises will have a ground floor “pantry” open daily selling WhataHoot products and, a range of local artisan produce. 

WhataHoot will be offering the public the opportunity to learn more about the craft of distilling with “make your own” gin experiences in the gin school, which has been fitted with 12 copper stills and a vast range of botanicals.

Mr and Mrs Crown hope the distillery will open at the start of August.

During the pandemic, the company has been producing hand sanitiser for key workers.

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