Artisan drinks producer Raisthorpe Distillery is expanding and has opened a new shop at York Designer Outlet, selling a range of its award-winning gins and Yorkshire Tonics.

The 557 sq ft store is welcoming customers as the business gears up for its busiest sales period in the run up to Christmas.

The store, on the ground floor at the outlet’s south entrance, has been fitted out with Raisthorpe’s signature branding as well as colourful, eye-catching displays of its Yorkshire Tonics and other drinks products.

The Yorkshire Wolds based distillery won two Gold Stars for its Damson Gin in this year’s Great Taste Awards. It was also awarded a 1-star for its Damson and Sloe Ports, as well as for its Apple and Elderflower flavour Yorkshire Tonic.

Raisthorpe’s operations director Oliver Medforth said: “We have enjoyed a previous period of trading at the York Designer Outlet which was from a stall rather than a shop. Customer demand for our products – particularly during the coronavirus lockdown – showed it was time for us to expand and open a full-sized store to complement our online trade.

“Customers will be able to choose from a great range of our drinks products as well as Christmas gift sets, all in a Covid-19 secure setting.”

Raisthorpe is a family business, launched more than 10 years ago by Julia Medforth at the family farm in Thixendale.

The company produces a range of award-winning gin liqueurs, vodkas and dry gin from its own still on the farm. Its products are also sold through farm shops, delis and independents and online.