Scottish firm to launch first gin bar in Beijing

The gin bar, named Pickering’s, will open in July. Photo credit – Pixabay

Scottish firm to launch first gin bar in Beijing

Beijing is set to welcome its first gin bar after a Scottish distiller revealed plans to open in Chaoyang District.

Pickering’s Gin, which is based in Edinburgh, is the brainchild of friends and business partners Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell.

The gin bar, named Pickering’s, will open in July and will also include a seafood restaurant.

It’s been planned in conjunction with local partner PandaBrew, a big name in Beijing’s craft beer scene.

This has been a busy week for trade between Edinburgh and China.

Yesterday, we reported that the first ever direct flight between Scotland and China has landed at Edinburgh Airport.

The four-weekly, year-round service with Hainan Airlines to Beijing Capital International Airport is Scotland’s first connection to the Far East.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:

“This is a momentous day as we connect not only Edinburgh and Beijing for the first time, but Scotland and China too. It is a route which has immense opportunities for our countries, from tourism and business to culture, education and more.

“We know Edinburgh is second only to London for Chinese tourists and we are eager to welcome more people to our fantastic capital city, but it’s also about connecting people from Scotland to Beijing and wider China thanks to Hainan’s hub network.

“Hainan is one of the world’s most prestigious airlines and we are proud to be working with them. This is something the city has worked towards for a number of years and we are delighted to see this day finally arrive.”

The flights will be direct twice a week, and via Dublin at other times.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid