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The Forest Distillery Ltd


The Cat & Fiddle Inn
Macclesfield Forest
SK11 0AR
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The Forest Distillery is a family-owned company producing some of the world's finest whisky & gin from the heart of the Peak District.


The Forest Distillery is a unique place where the Bond Family and our small team lovingly distill small batches of spirits from wild foraged, locally sourced, and organic ingredients combined with our pure, natural spring water. 

We began distilling from our home back in 2014 and now produce small batch spirits of the very highest quality at our distillery high above the clouds in the Peak District National Park. 

Located at the 209-year-old Cat & Fiddle above Macclesfield Forest, we are officially the UK’s highest altitude distillery.

The botanicals that we collect from the forest bring wild, fresh flavours to our drinks, and the spring water here is filtered through the peat of the moorlands. The barley used to create our whisky is grown just down the hill by Cheshire Farmers, then our fermenters are left open to encourage wild yeast. The oak used in our casks is grown and coopered in England. Our bottles are hand-made in Stoke-on-Trent featuring bespoke artwork, and our distillery dog is called Ted. 

We truly believe that Forest Gin & Forest Whisky are amongst the world’s finest spirits. Thankfully, many of you seem to agree with us.


The Cat & Fiddle, Forest Distillery - Sitting at 1689 feet, the Cat & Fiddle is Britain’s highest altitude distillery. We host regular gin and whisky tours at the weekends and tables are available in the Distillery Bar every day by pre-booking only. 

The Little Shop & Bar, Buxton - our little shop & bar is situated in the beautiful historic Pavilion Gardens. You can take in the picturesque views whilst enjoying a cold G&T in our little gin garden, or pop into our shop where you can grab yourself a bottle of our award-winning spirits. Following the success of Summer 2021, we strongly recommend that you pre-book your table in advance.

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  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access - Disabled access to the main building at the Cat & Fiddle. No disabled access to the whisky cellars.
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Advance booking essential


  • On-site catering - Hot pies served at weekends with mash, peas & gravy available on a pre-order only basis.
  • On-site light refreshments - Takeaway shop serving snacks and refreshments.


  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking - Free parking for customers. Smart Parking system in operation. Please enter vehicle registration upon entry to the venue.

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)


Map & Directions

Road Directions

 For directions, we recommended using Google or Apple Maps, typing in The Cat & Fiddle Inn SK11 0AR, or Buxton Pavilion Gardens.

Please note that our distillery location is remote, so some forward planning may be required. We aren't able to permit children or dogs on our tour & tasting experiences. 

Please note that our car park at the Cat & Fiddle Forest Distillery operates a Smart Parking system, please enter your vehicle registration upon entering the venue.

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The Forest Distillery Ltd, MacclesfieldThe Forest Distillery is a family-owned company producing some of the world's finest whisky & gin from the heart of the Peak District. We have two sites to visit; The Forest Distillery at the Cat & Fiddle and The Little Shop & Bar in Buxton.