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
Blackberry & Lavender Gin Sour
Our cocktail of the month is the delicous Blackberry Lavender Gin Sour. The romatic florals from the simple lavender syrup and freshly squeezed lemon, enhances the piney juniper and citrus found in a our gin. It's a clean, classic cocktail that’s grown-up in more ways than one.
- 5-6 blackberries - 15ml lavender honey simple syrup - 50 ml Catford Gin - 15ml lemon juice - 1 egg white - Sage bitters - Edible flowers as garnish, if desired
Method - Combine blackberries and simple syrup into shaker and muddle - Add all ingredients except bitters. Shake (without ice) for a dry shake to get the egg white going - Add ice, shake- Double strain into coupe - Top with bitters and edible flowers if desired
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!