LONDON | Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace is a cocktail and gin bar in Walthamstow’s Ravenswood Industrial Estate, next to God’s Own Junkyard and right across from Wild Card Brewery. The space, part of a former World War I munitions factory, is bright thanks to a large skylight that graces the very high roof. The walls are white, and graced with art by local artist Carl Harris, who uses the mezzanine level of the building as his studio.
The owner and founder of Mother’s Ruin, Becky Griffiths, grew up seeing her mother make gin each year and over time became inspired to start doing so herself. She’s a supporter of all things local – she grows most of the fruits used in the liqueurs herself, sloes and elderflowers are foraged from East London and Epping, and the damsons are from her brother’s orchard in Cumbria.
Current spirits on offer include damson and sloe gins, and three vodkas – rhubarb & ginger, raspberry, and gooseberry & elderflower. There are also, of course, various liquors and bitters available too. The spirits and liqueurs can be enjoyed by themselves, or in one of the delicious cocktails on offer at the small bar.
If it’s food you’re after, try one of the tasty cakes by local baker Aura Rosa, or some bar snacks like empanadas, pork rolls and the like.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace
Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate
London E17 9HQ
Fri: 6:00pm to 12:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 2:00pm to 8:00pm