Prepare to be ruined. In a good way. Because we’ve got gin, more gin plus a stylish overnighter in a Muddy-award-winning Berkshire pub up for grabs. Want more? Oh, all right then. We’re also treating you to a luxury gin hamper, three-course meal, a bottle of house wine and breakfast. And it’s not just for one lucky Muddy reader and their favourite plus one but TWO. Escaping to the country never looked (or tasted) so good.
We’ve teamed up with new small-batch gin brand Berkshire Botanical to offer you the perfect break that comes fully loaded with a seemingly endless supply of Berkshire Botanical G&Ts. Created by Mr Gin himself, Johnny Neill (the man behind Whitley Neill and Marylebone Gin fame) this tipple uses botanicals, including Norway Spruce, found on the 9,000-acre Yattendon Estate in West Berkshire – one of the largest growers of Christmas trees in the UK. The Dry Gin is a bit a high achiever, too, having snagged gold at this year’s wine and spirit Olympics, hosted by the IWSC.
You’ll be staying at The Royal Oak, home to the Berkshire Botanical gin still ‘Harry’ – named after Johnny’s son. It has everything a country pub should: cosy nooks, roaring fires, sleeping dogs, a comforting menu of pub classics, pretty walled garden and 10 elegant bedrooms.
On arrival at the Royal Oak, you’ll be greeted with a Berkshire Botanical Gin Hamper containing the label’s four gins – the award-winning Berkshire Dry, Raspberry & Rhubarb, Sloe and Dandelion & Burdock – plus tonic waters (remember, swigging from the bottle is not how we roll).
You’ll be shown to your superior room where you can drop your bags and head out for a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside or kick back with a book and relax. Later you’ll be served a flight of Berkshire Botanical gins, followed by a three-course seasonal supper in the pub’s Orangery and a bottle of house wine. Thank goodness it’s not far for you to stagger to bed and you have a full Royal Oak breakfast to straighten you out in the morning.
Enter this amazing £700 giveaway below (and if you need a +1, we’d be happy to volunteer!).