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Copeland Spirits Toasts The Summer With Limited-Edition ‘Strawberry And Basil’ Flavoured Gin

Only 2,000 bottles of the flavoured gin will be available from June 8.

Co. Down-based Copeland Spirits has announced the release of a limited-edition ‘Strawberry and Basil’ flavoured gin, inspired by the fresh and sweet flavours associated with summer in Northern Ireland. As with all gins in the range, this offering is a collaboration with Finlay’s Farm and is flavoured with seasonal fruits and herbs grown, cared for and hand-selected on the Balloo-based farm. Available from both off-sales and on-trade from June 8, only 2,000 bottles of the limited-edition flavour will be available in Northern Ireland.

Gareth Irvine with Copeland Latest Gin Strawberry & Basil

Gareth Irvine with Copeland Latest Gin Strawberry & Basil

The ‘Strawberry and Basil’ flavoured gin is romantic blush in colour, but despite its soft appearance boasts an impressive 37.8% volume. With all the finesse of a premium, artisan gin along with the nostalgic but familiar taste of the great outdoors, this new addition to the range will entice both gin-lovers and those new to the category this summer.

Local Ingredients

A careful harmony of local ingredients, ‘Strawberry and Basil Summer Gin’ is flavoured exclusively with the freshest, ripest fruits and herbs, rather than syrups. On the nose this quality is immediately evident as peppery, subtly-sweet notes start the experience. To taste, fresh notes of basil provide an unexpected but welcomed aromatic experience later softened by the ever-adored sweetness of strawberry. Lingering notes of berry, paired with the crispness of the gin itself provides a satisfying finish. For an added blast of summer, pair this gin with an Elderflower tonic.

The ‘Strawberry and Basil Summer Gin’ is just the latest flavour conjured up by the novel brand since it launched the permanent flavours in its range, ‘Rhuberry’ and ‘Raspberry and Mint’. Whilst the flavours continue to surprise and excite, the brand’s noble purpose of showcasing local farms and celebrating NI produce remains unchanged.

Showcase of Flavour

Founder of Copeland Spirits, Gareth Irvine said: “Gin continues to be the most-popular spirit category and as a result the market is saturated. Our aim in response is to provide the consumer with gin experiences that surprise and excite. Our latest flavoured gin, the limited edition ‘Strawberry and Basil’ is our most-unexpected yet. We’re incredibly proud of the finished product and another collaboration with Finlay’s Farm. This flavour showcases NI’s ever-celebrated strawberry whilst giving local basil its deserved platform too.

“We wanted to create an authentic taste of summer that consumers across Northern Ireland would recognise. We also wanted to create a gin for summer’s drinking occasions such as BBQs, picnics or garden parties. With a simple splash of Elderflower Tonic, this gin is ready for pairing with summer foods like grilled meats, antipasti and mediterranean salads.”

Gareth Irvine and Finlay Orr.

Rewarding Combination

Finlay Orr, owner of Finlay’s Farm said: “This summer-inspired ‘Strawberry and Basil’ gin is the most-impressive and rewarding combination yet. Whilst strawberries can be grown in glasshouses throughout the year, nothing beats the taste and quality of strawberries grown in their natural season. Similarly, basil thrives on sunlight and sadly can only be grown outdoors in summer as it wouldn’t survive winter’s frost. Copeland Spirits tapped into these two very authentic summer ingredients and as a result needed nothing else to bring the flavour of summer to life, a testament to the creativity of the team at Copeland Spirits and NI produce and technique.”

Just 2,000 bottles of Copeland Spirits’ ‘Strawberry and Basil Summer Gin’ will be available across Northern Ireland from 8 June for a limited time, joining the brand’s two permanent lines, ‘Rhuberry’ and ‘Raspberry and Mint’ on-shelf in-store and in bars and restaurants. Each bottle is priced at £32 (RRP).

For more information visit For serve suggestions, cocktail inspiration and more on availability search #copelandspirits on social media.

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Slemish Market Supper Club Hosts Exclusive Summer Fine Dining Experience

The popular Slemish Market Supper Club is set to offer food fans a new experience next month as their exclusive dining experience returns for another six-course event featuring well known chef Rob Curley.

Based in the beautiful surroundings of the greater Ballymena area, the unique pop up dining experience, Slemish Market Supper Club, creates an array of bespoke meals using only the finest local produce. 

Hosted by the award-winning chef, Rob Curley, Slemish Market Supper Club runs across a number of venues across the greater Ballymena area in County Antrim. 

At each fine dining experience, Rob will be on hand to allow you to learn more about each dish by explaining the ingredients, where they are sourced and the inspiration behind the creation of the distinctive cuisines.

“I love surprising people by taking a humble ingredient and turning it into something extraordinary,” said Rob.

The delectable dishes consist of six courses that will include a drink, a wee bite, a starter, a fish course, a meat course and a dessert. 

“We want our diners to have more than a meal,” explained Rob, adding: “We want them to understand what is on their doorstep, what they too can prepare and have a great time as well as great food.” 

Each event differs from the rest, as the ingredients used are done so when the produce is at its finest, making each experience special. Not just that, the menu is a surprise which Rob reveals on the night.

Offering the best summer creations, the next pop up event is due to take place on Saturday August 7 at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim. The unique event not only offers the finest of cuisines but creates an intimate setting allowing you to meet new people and learn top tips from an award-winning chef. 

“It Is a delight for me to showcase what we have on our doorstep,” said Rob. “And when our diners experience the freshness it can be a revelation.”

Northern Ireland is renowned for its quality food and hospitality, and with Slemish Market Supper Club, they combine these two elements to create innovative and unforgettable experiences.

Tickets for the Slemish Market Supper Club at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens are £60 and can be booked at 

To find out more or book a place, ​​phone Rob Curley on 07547804975, go to their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter 

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Lidl Northern Ireland brings the X-factor with opening of new Buncrana Road store

Lidl Northern Ireland is bringing the x-factor to Derry~Londonderry with the opening of its brand new, £8 million state-of-the-art concept store at Buncrana Road on Thursday 29 July which will be officially unveiled by X-Factor sensation and local celebrity, Eoghan Quigg.

Located at the junction of Buncrana Road and Springtown Road, the newly expanded store replaces the retailer’s former site at 24 Buncrana Road and is the first of three new stores planned for the North West region as part of a wider £26 million investment into the region, announced earlier this year. An additional 10 local jobs have been created as part of the investment.

Dungiven local and radio broadcaster Eoghan Quigg will officially cut the ribbon to unveil the new look Lidl Northern Ireland store and participate in a meet-and-greet with shoppers from 8am – 9am.

Regional Director for Lidl Northern Ireland, Conor Boyle, said:

“As Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket, we’re delighted to continue moving confidently forward with our long-established investment plans for the North West, bringing new employment opportunities to the local community and offering customers an enhanced shopping experience at this new location.

We’re delighted to confirm the new Buncrana Road store opening date for Thursday 29 July. We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers through our doors and bringing our fresh, high-quality products and market-leading value to more shoppers in the North West region.”

Occupying a 10,000 sq. metre site with a 2,217 sq metre store space, shoppers can enjoy an enhanced shopping experience featuring higher ceilings, a more spacious interior layout and enlarged bakery areas. The store will also include improved facilities for store staff such as a larger canteen and welfare area and shower facilities.

Built with sustainability as a priority, the new store will incorporate a range of environmentally friendly features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System and 4 electric vehicle charger spaces within its 146-space car park, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles for free whilst they shop.

Speaking ahead of the new Lidl Buncrana Road store launch, Eoghan said:

“I am thrilled to be officially opening the brand-new Lidl Northern Ireland store at Buncrana Road. I’m looking forward to meeting shoppers and hope to see as many people there as possible to have a bit of craic on the morning. There are always great opening day deals to be had as well, so it’s shaping up to be a great event.

Now that I am shopping for a family of my own, Lidl is my supermarket of choice, with its fantastic selection of quality products at great value. The new and improved store is a great addition to the local area and I can’t wait to get in myself for the weekly shop!”

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