Welcome to the Cat and Fiddle and Weasel. The UK’s highest Whisky Distillery.

We strive to make the best premium spirits overlooking the wondrous Peak District National Park. Let us welcome you to our incredible distillery by booking onto one of our Forest Whisky Distillery Tours. Now available to book every Saturday and Sunday! We also now offer a food offering so don’t forget to add that option to your event. Then you can come and browse our Cat and Fiddle shop where you can pick up a bottle of your favourite gin or whisky.

How about booking a table in our beautifully renovated Whisky bar. Don’t forget that we only accept bookings and we have a small allocation of tables. So get in there quick to avoid any disappointment. If you have any questions or queries then please get in touch with our confusion of weasels and we will help you have the best experience possible! We can’t wait to see you soon!”

if you are popping in for a drink at the Cat & Fiddle distillery bar, due to the high demand, Please can we ask you to pre-book your table in advance.
                                                       We have also opened a little take-out shop with coffees, snacks and and amazing choice of take-home bottles & gifts. Feel free to pop in if you are passing.

Forest Whisky Distillery

Enjoy an informal, friendly tour around our whisky Distillery

The Forest Distillery is a 17th Century stone barn nestled in Macclesfield Forest. Surrounded by nature, and with our own ancient spring producing a constant supply of fresh water. Our distillery is a beautiful old building, daily distilling spirits of the very purest quality. This is where we make all of our Gin.

We have a bar within the distillery, which we open to the public most weekday afternoons. We’re occasionally hampered by snow and only have a very small team here, so it is always best to book before visiting.

We offer regular distillery tours at weekends and would love to host you here. Because of our size, we can only release a few tickets at a time and they do tend to sell out very fast.

the Forest whisky Distillery Bar

Tour 1

join us for Drink in the cat & fiddle whisky distillery
Bar

Our bar is open: Monday to Sunday 12pm -5pm

Tables must be booked in advance of your visit Book Now

Cat & Fiddle Bar

The Cat & Fiddle Whisky Distillery tours

The Cat & Fiddle, sitting at 1689 feet, will be Britain's highest altitude whisky Distillery

We’ve been renovating the old building for the past 12 months and hope to move our whisky still here in spring 2021. Until then, we have a lovely little take-out shop, and again, host the most intimate tours and tastings every week within the old pub. We also have a table to book if you just fancy a tipple.

Due to the high demand, all tables and events at all venues must be pre-booked using the links below.

the cat & Fiddle whisky Distillery tours

Tour 1

Why not join us for a talk & tour of the cat & fiddle whisky distillery

Tours available Saturdays & Sundays for more information Click Here

Tour 2

The Shop at the cat & fiddle

Come and have browse around our wonderful Shop & checkout our amazing selection of locally sourced products

We are fully stocked with plenty of goods to take away!

Fantastic Forest Blend Coffee, specially made for us by Kickback Coffee based in Pott Shrigley
Delicious cakes made for us by Dan Hardman Bakes in Macclesfield
Tasty Pastries from Elnor Lane Artisan Produce
A range of craft beers from our friends:

Wincle Brewery
Redwillow Brewery
Shindigger Brewery
Robinsons Brewery

A fantastic Wine selection carefully chosen by our in-house Wine Weasel
And of course our full range of Forest Products including Cat & Fiddle Shop Exclusives!

the cat & fiddle shop

The cat & fiddle Shop
Our Current opening hours are:
Monday – sunday: 10.am to 5pm
Repurposed Candles
Forest repurposed candles
Forest Soda
Forest gin Premixed Cans

 

The Story of The Cat & Fiddle so far….

The curious tale of The Cat & Fiddle…

Once upon a time…
in 1813 to be historically accurate, a local Silk Merchant called John Ryle purchased a plot of land next to a brand new turnpike road.

Upon this plot, he built a beautiful, warm, cosy haven where weary travellers could enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. The weather at this location was often inclement, and Mr Ryle’s Inn soon became a necessary stop when travelling between the towns of Macclesfield and Buxton.

He named his Inn, The Cat & Fiddle (no, we don’t know why either but hey diddle diddle!)

Over the years, the Inn has played a part in many stories. Some personal, some more of international importance (Charles Rolls regularly used it as stop-off whilst testing cars for his fledgling business with a Mr Royce) . However, over the last few decades, like many other pubs, the Inn has struggled to survive as a business. Several factors are to blame, but it’s remote – yet beautiful – location certainly hasn’t helped to encourage drinkers to visit and spend time.

In 2015, the Cat died, and a Weasel was born…
As the doors closed at the pub for the last time, a local family began a small business, selling gin which they distilled in their kitchen, using botanicals from the forest below The Cat and Fiddle. They called the product Forest Gin and it generated huge demand from the worlds best bars, hotels and department stores.

The family quickly rented a barn in the forest, employed some local folk and now they daily distil Forest Gin and Forest Whisky whilst singing twee folk songs and wearing Elf costumes (the costume and songs bit is a blatant lie, but if it helps the story, then great).

2019 A conundrum.

The Cat and Fiddle Inn has been owned by the Robinsons family for nearly 100 years. The family are passionate about supporting pubs and local communities but, despite having invested huge amounts into the building over the years, each successive landlord has found it harder and harder to operate a successful business there. As a simple pub, the trading figures simply don’t justify the investment needed. A lot has changed over the last century and after a lot of careful thought and consideration the family reluctantly decided to close the doors of The Cat and Fiddle.

But that was not the end of the story. For the last 3 years, the Robinsons family have been working hard to find the right partner, with the right business plan, who will take The Cat and Fiddle into a sustainable and successful future. To do this and reach its full potential, it was clear that The Cat and Fiddle needed to operate as more than a pub.

It just so happens that The Forest Distillery is operating at capacity, and is in urgent need of a space to put barrels of freshly distilled spirit to “sleep” for a few years until it is ready to be enjoyed as English Single Malt Whisky. The Cat and Fiddle just happens to have an extensive network of cellars at 1600 feet above sea level with the most perfect conditions for whisky to mature… coincidence or fate?

What’s Next…?
We asked our friends, family, supporters and the local community for help to give this tale a happy ending. This iconic pub needs a major transformation to secure its future, including a new environmentally friendly sewage treatment plant and lots of other major refurbishment works, to breathe life into this legendary hidden gem. In November 2019, we ran a Crowdfunder which raised over £55,000 to assist us and Robinsons Brewery to attempt to re-open the Cat & Fiddle as Britains highest altitude distillery.

If all goes according to plan, then The Cat and Fiddle (and Weasel) will open its doors as a shining jewel on top of the green hills above Macclesfield and Buxton.

Until we have commissioned the water, the electricity and a good roof, we cannot predict exactly what we will have there. However. the very basic bones of the plan are to:

Have an onsite shop with take-away food and drinks for your picnics.
House a Whisky Distillery with the finest cellars in the land.
Create a World-Class tourism site to attract people to our beautiful local area.
Generate employment opportunities for local people, with the added bonus of attracting investment and more visitors to the wider region.
And of course, The Cat and Fiddle Pub, with roaring fires, good food, and the finest drinks for you and your family to enjoy in the years to come.

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Whether you’re looking to join one of our Whisky or Gin Distillery Tours or to book a table for a drink at the Cat & Fiddle or The Little shop & gin garden, we are the perfect place.

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