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Sara’s gin success just the tonic

Sara Dewhurst with her Lytham Gin
Sara Dewhurst with her Lytham Gin
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A former teacher turned catering professional has found the recipe for success – by creating Lytham’s own label gin.

Sara Dewhurst is delighted at the reaction to her brew of the fashionable spirit, which has been going down a storm either by the bottle from Sara’s Le Roti delicatessen or by the glass from any one of a number of bars around town.

Sara turned her back on education to set up Le Roti in Park Street two and a half years ago.

She has enjoyed being her own boss so much that she was eager to diversity and decided to combine catering with her passion for science – and her favourite tipple.

“I really loved chemistry at school,” said the former Queen Mary School student, who later taught for many years at Lytham St Annes High School.

“I studied it at university and later worked in the pharmaceutical industry before training to be a teacher.

“After 24 years in education, I have really loved being my own boss. But I missed science and wondered how I could combine that with running a business and enhancing what we do at Le Roti.

“I’ve always loved gin, even before the current revival in its popularity. I have a huge collection of craft gins at home.

“After speaking to most of the bar owners in Lytham, I realised there was possibly a market for a locally-made gin so I decided to have a crack at making it myself.

“I wanted to make sure it stood up to other gins and did Lytham proud, decided on the names ‘Sandgrown Spirits’ and ‘Lytham Gin’ and applied for a licence.

“Trade marking those names allows me to diversify later but for now, it’s all about the gin and it has been selling really well.

“Helen and Tony Vavoso at Spago, Java and Fifty Four were first to stock it. Ambience have been brilliant in helping me find tonics and garnishes and most of the bars, restaurants and golf clubs in Lytham and St Annes now have it behind their bars.

“A couple of places in Blackpool and Preston have also taken it but the only place to buy it by the bottle is Le Roti.”

Restaurateur Helen Vavoso said: “It’s a lovely gin and has been going down really well with customers. It’s great to be able to support a local venture.”