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York Gin shop: officially safe to visit

The York Gin shop on Pavement - officially the best shop in York - has a whole range of measures in place to keep you and our staff safe.

We've installed Perspex screens, a hand sanitiser station, and a beautiful new ‘Puss & Mew’ tasting machine means customers can taste and chat about all our gins in a safe, socially-distanced manner.

This addition - harking back to an original 18th Century gin vending machine - makes shopping for York Gin an experience you won't forget.

We've secured the ‘Good To Go’ Visit England kitemark, the AA ‘Covid-19 Confident’ award, and we have a 5-star rating from the Food Standards Agency. It's safe to visit York Gin!

Our famously friendly expert staff are on hand to answer all your questions - and you can enjoy free samples of all our gins.

We're open Monday to Saturday 10:30 to 5:30 and Sunday 11 to 5.

The York Gin shop in the city centre

12 Pavement, YO1 9UP

You'll find the beautiful York Gin shop in one of the city's most iconic buildings - the 16th century Herbert House. We're opposite M&S, just a few seconds’ walk from Shambles - one of the most famous streets in York and Yorkshire.

You can sample all our gins for free and ask any questions - our team of gin experts are famous for their friendliness and expertise.

As well as large bottles and gift sets of our gins, we stock York Gin branded clothing (including face covers), kitchenware, gifts and accessories.

We get fantastic reviews for our shop and customer service. Here they are on TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook - we hope to see you soon!

Find the York Gin shop

Opening hours & other info

Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm 

Phone number:  07860920298


The closest car park is the Castle car park, next to Clifford's Tower.

Public Transport Directions

Park & Ride: Take the bus to the city centre. We're opposite M&S.

Train: We're a 10-minute walk from York train station - our postcode is YO1 9UP.

Other info

Disabled access. Children welcome - offered tasters of lemonade while adults try the gin. Dogs welcome - water bowl outside.

What our customers say - York Gin shop reviews

Just as great as I expected. Not a gin drinker, but left a convert with 3 bottles.

- Paula S, LinkedIn

Beautiful gin and such lovely staff - very willing to talk you through (and sample) all the flavours.

- Becky M, Google

They were so friendly and the gin was lovely. This place is a gem.

- Pen D, TripAdvisor

Fantastic helpful staff helped me to decide what to buy for Christmas gift.

- Stephanie W, Facebook

Puss & Mew historical tasting machine

We've redesigned an illegal 18th century vending machine to keep York Gin shop's customers safe from the coronavirus.

The Puss & Mew vending machine (in the shape of a cat) first appeared on the side of a London house as a way to evade the Gin Act of 1736 (which tried stop the people drinking too much during the ‘Gin Craze’).

A drinker asked if the ‘puss’ had any gin. If it ‘mewed’, they put a coin in its mouth - and the person inside the house would pour some gin that flowed from a pipe in its paw, which went down the drinker’s throat.

The York Gin Perspex version is designed to let customers sample any of our five gins in a safe environment.

A shop assistant pours the gin down a tube through a hole in the Perspex glass and into the customer’s disposable cup. This means both customers and staff can socially distance while discussing the gins.

In the press

The launch of our face covers got plenty of local press coverage. The bandanas are inspired by York baddie Dick Turpin who held up stagecoaches while covering his face. Choose from the black Outlaw version or the red Roman Fruit cover with its own motto - ‘Veni, Vidi, Bibi' - ‘I came, I saw, I drank'.

And just before Christmas 2019, we hit the national and international headlines with the shop's ban on cheesy Christmas songs. We banned anything released after 1960, which meant no Mariah, Wham!, or Wizzard, but plenty of Bing Crosby and carols! It went down a storm.


We’ve worked closely with the York Conservation Trust - the charity that owns the building - and York design agency, Lazenby-Brown and York up-cyclers PurePallets and PureLasered to create something we’re really proud of. Here's a gallery of images.

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