"There's nothing more marvellous than a gin at 11 o'clock on the river to wake the spirits"
Mr H.E. Hobbs
In 1870 Mr. Harry Hobbs, founder of Hobbs and Sons (now Hobbs of Henley) and publican of The Ship Hotel was renowned throughout the town for his flamboyant beard and high-spirited nature. He was often seen in his punt around 11am enjoying his home-distilled gin.
Frequently spotted sipping from his unique glass or his wood-rimmed drinking flask, Mr.Hobbs was forever throwing river parties along the banks of the Thames in Henley. He also hired out his boat for the like-minded members of the public to host their own shindigs.
Mr Hobbs' famous drinking flask, which a local boat maker made him as a thank you for introducing him to his future wife, was normally concealed within his jacket in a pocket on which his initials, H.E.Hobbs, were proudly emblazoned. The gin was renowned for its unusual ingredients and until now that secret recipe has been lost for nearly 150 years.
Recently the secret recipe for distilling this gin was discovered in the back of an old framed photo of Mr. Hobbs himself, along with step by step instructions to make Mr Hobbs' favourite drink.
Mr Hobbs, a premium and refined gin has recently been launched onto the market by Jonnie and Suzy Hobbs as a unique extension of their family business Hobbs of Henley. The gin is distilled in small batch quantities to preserve its refreshing properties and ensure the highest quality.
What could be better than spending a day cruising up and down the Thames with a glass of Mr Hobbs gin in hand?
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