House of Elrick Restaurant and Distillery

by Stuart Ingram in Aberdeen, City of Aberdeen, Scotland

We did it
On 29th March 2018 we successfully raised £23,586 with 324 supporters in 42 days

For the construction of House of Elrick Garden Restaurant and 2nd distillery in the walled garden.

by Stuart Ingram in Aberdeen, City of Aberdeen, Scotland

Elrick House is a family estate in rural Aberdeenshire with a fascinating history – this crowdfunding campaign is seeking investment to  build a restaurant with 2nd distillery within the walled garden at the estate – transforming it into a must-go destination for this beautiful part of Scotland. 

House of Elrick is a new, premium brand created and founded by Stuart Ingram. Stuart purchased the family B-listed home, Elrick House, in 2014 and has to date completely self-funded the work done on  site which includes the creation and launch of the hugely popular House of Elrick gin which recently featured on Dragon's Den.

The pledges!

We have a number of pledge packages available  that offer great discounts across House of Elrick products, including our Original House of Elrick Gin and our new House of Elrick Old Tom gin and Old Tom Coconut gin. Take a look through our offers to pick a great deal.

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Since the launch of the gin Stuart has sold more than 10,000 bottles in nine countries.  It is also available to buy in the UK directly from House of Elrick, Fortnum and Mason, Selfridges, John Lewis and at World Duty Free across five airports. House f Elrick gins are a complement of juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and citrus peel, built around a core of heather, pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose petals. All distilled with purified water from Loch Ness.

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But Stuart’s vision does not stop here, he has also created a number of other products under the House of Elrick brand including an Elrick tartan and a home fragrance range.  Cushions, kilts, ties, pashminas as well as hand washes and candles are already available, with many more in the pipeline.

Further plans include the complete renovation of  the house and grounds to provide a creative retreat for those who wish to enjoy the beautiful Aberdeenshire country side.

Where will your investment go? 

The restaurant and distillery.

Continuing with the goal to create a brand that represents both quality and creativity, funds raised through this campaign will be used to resurrect the stunning (and incredibly rare) listed walled garden that sits at the centre of the estate’s grounds.  The forecast budget for full delivery of the project is £850k, with planning permission already fully granted,  we are therefore seeking partial support to kick start the project. Stuart will build the restaurant and a 2nd distillery within the walled garden. The restaurant will feature a fully glazed front wall to blend the restaurant and distillery with the beauty of the garden outside – providing a unique and personal dining experience.

The restaurant will offer locally sourced, sustainable, field-to-fork fine dining, with a vision to provide the area with a core business that will attract visitors both locally and nationally. 

The distillery, set at the heart of the restaurant, will house a 100 litre, locally-smithed copper still that will become the focal point of the building.

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Stuart also has planning permission to bring public footpaths back through the estate to welcome both local and visiting ramblers through the gardens as he returns them to their former beauty. The Jacobite rose is documented as being heavily present in the garden (rumoured to have been gifted to the estate by Bonnie Prince Charlie himself) and will be re-planted, clippings being supplied directly from Balmoral after a previous owner of Elrick House had gifted the famous Scottish flower to King Edward in the late 1800s.

Stuart hopes that through the build of the restaurant and restoration of the garden, he will create an exciting and proudly Scottish brand that will bring visitors to the area.

Local Job Creation 

With the continued growth of the brand and on-going construction we are proud to support local companies and during construction so far, have engaged all our labour locally. It is perceived that over the course of the next 12 months we will be recruiting and growing our local presence, by adding the addition of the restaurant and second distillery, this will again increase the need to recruit locally.  

Why now?

To date, Stuart has funded the brand entirely and seen great success with House of Elrick gin, however revenue is not enough to fund both the planned new liquids and the restaurant build. This is an opportunity for those who are looking to fund a local business dreaming big.

Please note that at this time we can only ship product rewarded through pledges within the UK. If you are outside the UK please contact us.

A little about the estate

Built in 1720 Elrick House has a particularly colourful history. Owned by entrepreneurial farmers who often travelled to Italy, they were influenced by the Enlightenment that had swept Europe and found themselves amongst a number of particularly maverick thinkers, doers and philosophers that led the Scottish Enlightenment of the same time period. It is this creative past that fuels everything that House of Elrick is and will be.

You can read more about the story here: www.houseofelrick.co.uk

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Hand wash and a 10% discount card

Thank you for your support! As a thank you we will send you a bottle of House of Elrick hand wash. Scents will be randomly selected from Jacobite Rose, Crushed Pepper & Mint, Persian Pepper and Heather. Plus! A 10% discount card for life for House of Elrick products purchased from www.houseofelrick.co.uk (Available from April 2018)

£29 or more

112 of 200 claimed

1 bottle of House of Elrick Gin & discount card

1 bottle of our original House of Elrick gin plus a 10% discount card for life on House of Elrick products. Shipping to the UK only.

£50 or more

Bottle and branded glasses - Shipped to UK Only

1 bottle of original House of Elrick gin & 2 branded gin glasses A 10% discount card for life for House of Elrick products purchased from houseofelrick.co.uk (Avail. Apr '18, all other elements of pledge avail. Jun '18)

£60 or more

1 bottle of House of Elrick Gin & 1 Old Tom

1 bottle of our original house of Elrick Gin 1 bottle of your choice of House of Elrick Old Tom or House of Elrick Old Tom Coconut Shipped within the UK only 10% discount card for all House of Elrick products when bought directly from houseofelrick.com

£80 or more

All the Gins

1 x Bottle of House of Elrick Gin 1 x Bottle of Old Tom Gin Original 1 x Bottle of Old Tom Gin Coconut UK & EU delivery only

£100 or more

Two bottles and branded glasses - Shipped UK Only

2 bottles of Original House of Elrick gin & 2 branded gin glasses A 15% discount card for life for House of Elrick products purchased from houseofelrick.co.uk (Avail. Apr '18, all other elements of pledge avail. Jun '18)

£180 or more

1 case (6 bottles) of original House of Elrick gin

1 case (6 bottles) of Original House of Elrick gin A 15% discount card for life for House of Elrick products purchased from houseofelrick.co.uk (Avail. Apr '18, all other elements of pledge avail. Jun '18) Alcohol Shipped to UK & Europe Only

£300 or more

Weekend for two at Elrick House

Weekend for two at Elrick House once renovated and accepting guests (predicted 2019) 2 nights. Includes breakfast and a tour of the distillery. A 15% discount card for life for House of Elrick products purchased from houseofelrick.co.uk (Avail. Apr '18)

£500 or more

Gin and Tartan Colleciton

1 bottle of 1st batch House of Elrick gin from the new distillery, 1 bottle of 1st batch Old Tom & 1 bottle of Old Tom Coconut gin 2 House of Elrick glasses 2 House of Elrick Home scented hand washes House of Elrick tartan pashmina and silk pocket scarf A 15% discount card for life on House of Elrick products when bought directly from houseofelrick.com (Avail. Apr '18, all other elements of pledge avail. Jun '18) Alcohol Shipped UK only

£750 or more

House of Elrick Spirits - UK Shipping only

1 case (6 bottles) of House of Elrick gin 1 bottle of 1st batch Old Tom & 1 bottle of Old Tom Coconut gin 1 bottle of a future HoE liquid (gin, rum or vodka) Weekend for 2 at Elrick House once renovated and accepting guests (predicted 2019) 2 nights. Includes breakfast and a tour of the distillery. A 15% discount card for life for HoE products purchased from houseofelrick.co.uk (Avail. Apr '18, all other elements of pledge avail. Jun '18)


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