The local public recently took to social media to name Hampshire’s first gin train, coming to the Watercress Line on Saturday 5 May.
The Watercress Line recently gave the opportunity to its Facebook followers to create the name for the headboard of the train. Over 1,200 people voted, with ‘Juniper Express’ topping the public vote with over 300 nominations. Close contenders included ‘Tonic the Tank EnGINe’, ‘The Botanical’, ‘Mother’s Ruin’, ‘Ginny McGin Face’ and ‘The Gin Reaper’.
Woodies Mountford, Marketing Manager at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, said: “We thought it would be a fun idea to get the local public to decide the name of our new gin train and were completely taken back with the amount of people that were interested in giving the locomotive a name! With the popularity of the submarine vote for Boaty McBoatface, I was personally hoping Ginny McGin Face would be the winner, but the public clearly know their gin and went for the more elegant, fitting title of Juniper Express.”
Sponsored by Fever-Tree and in partnership with Winchester Distillery and Pulpo Negro, the first-time unique experience on Saturday 5 May demonstrates gin’s rise in popularity by selling out in ten minutes. A second event added for Friday 29 June proved even more popular, selling out in two minutes.
Gin lovers on board the Juniper Express will be able to enjoy cocktails created with Winchester Distillery’s famous Twisted Nose Gin, appropriately made with locally grown watercress. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as guests can also enjoy an array of tantalising authentic Spanish tapas followed by a mouth-watering main course from Hampshire’s legendary Pulpo Negro, all experienced onboard a nostalgic steam train.
For more information on the gin train, please visit: watercressline.co.uk/Gin.