Besshill Farm Shop’s gin-novation as community names new brands

Besshill Farm Shop, has stirred up excitement with an online competition that allowed customers to name their new gin brands. The Combe Martin shop had the opportunity to start a new brand, from botanicals and flavours, alcohol and ingredients, down to the label itself. The online competition gave an opportunity to name two gins, one for Besshill and one for Combe Martin, and they received a phenomenal success.

A spokesperson at Besshill Farm Shop said: “Many ideas that they came up with were based on the very contrasting geographical areas of the two shops. Besshill is a farm and the location is rural, remote and on Exmoor, surrounded by hills, farms and beautiful, rambling walking country.

“Combe Martin on the other hand is a coastal resort, reliant on family tourism and camping. It has a dramatic landscape, combining the sea, cliffs and pirates.

“The history of the two places grabbed the attention of both communities also and both came up with the perfect names for the gins. So, what about the gin? It is made in Devon, by Dartmoor Distillery. Both are award winning, traditionally distilled and infused. One is appley and the other is orangey, like grandma used to make.”

Tina Gray, works closely with the community at Brookdale Church Youth Group. She also enjoys a daily dip in the ocean and is hoping to undertake 65 swims for her 65th birthday this year. Hangman’s Gin was her contribution. Named after Hangman’s Point in Combe Martin. Hangman’s Grit is a type of slate that runs the length of the coastal path and is 1044 feet high, making it the highest sea cliff in England.

Phillip Walker was the winner for the Besshill Farm Shop with the name Cockram’s Gin. Named after the shop’s proprietor Terry Cockram as the name seemed most appropriate for a farm shop gin. Phil is the coordinator of South West Blood Bikes. This is a group of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers who support The NHS by supplying blood to hospitals as well as milk for babies.