Our label features the beloved and iconic Catford Cat. It was designed by architects Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon (the pair also designed the Michael Faraday Memorial in Elephant & Castle - the big silver box in the middle of the roundabout).
It was erected in 1974 as part of the Council’s plan to make Catford a shopping, cultural and leisure destination.
It’s made up of three pieces - the body, the head and the paw and sits on two big beams which counterbalance each other - one at the front and one at the back.
It was last given a lick of paint in 2019 where there was a suggestion to repaint it ginger, which was immediately dismissed.
Our tasting notes
On the nose: juniper and citrus with a lovely richness with fresh pine and pine resin. Herbaceous notes with floral notes then follow. There’s a suggestion of sweetness reminiscent of candied citrus peel.
On the palate: dry and crisp start with a warming lifted alcohol on the mid-palate. Lovely composition of flavours in a smooth and subtle way with a peppery and oily finish.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH
Our cocktail of the month is the delicous Orange Collins. The classic Orange Collins recipe is simple and elegant and it’s that simplicity that makes it such a wonderful canvas for experimentation.
It’s the perfect example of the amazing ways in which a Collins can be tailored to your tastes and taken to new levels of deliciousness.
Here, we’ve combined the classic Tom Collins ingredients of gin, lemon juice, soda water and simple syrup with a touch of delectably bitter Campari, a squeeze of vibrant fresh orange juice and fresh orange slices. It’s the perfect balance between bitter and sweet, juicy and dry, mellow and bright which never fails to get our mouths watering and is perfect for enjoying on warm summer evenings
Ingredients: - 30ml Catford Gin - 15ml Campari - 25ml fresh orange juice - 10ml simple syrup - 10ml lemon juice - 50ml soda water, to top up - Orange peel, to garnish
Method: - Add your first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with ice and shake well. - Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. - Garnish and enjoy!
Catford and proud
We are Catford and proud! We've lived locally for 20 years and love this part of south east London we call home. What started off as a joke down the pub (catnip in a Catford gin) has become a reality. We love Catford and we love our multi award-winning gin. We hope you will too!