Ayrshire Gin and Chocolate shop receives top award.

One of Ayrshire’s biggest supporters of the Scottish Gin industry has won a leading accolade for its exceptional standards.

Geraldo’s, in the west coast seaside town of Largs, has been awarded Ayrshire’s first ever Five Star Tourist Shop grading from Visit Scotland.

Since 2000, owner Toni Dawson and the rest of the dedicated team at Geraldo’s have worked hard to build a top-class reputation for the shop, which specialises in making its own luxury ice-cream in a range of creative and mouth-watering flavours. It also sells handmade chocolates, gifts and a fantastic range of premium spirits.

The Scottish Gin Society are well acquainted with the team at Geraldo’s as they are a big supporter of the Scottish Gin industry. The passionate staff are accredited as Gin and Whisky Ambassadors and the shop regularly hosts Scottish Gin tastings and masterclasses.

This summer, Geraldo’s is holding another season of free gin tasting events on Saturdays, featuring a wonderful range of Scottish Gin producers. These events allow people to sample the range of gins, but also hear about the gin’s story and meet the people behind them.

This dedication to showcasing some of the best produce that Scotland has to offer has no doubt been a contributing factor in Geraldo’s success.

Toni said: “To be awarded Four Stars in 2016 was fantastic, but to achieve this five-star accreditation which we have strived towards over the last three years is just amazing.”

VisitScotland regional director, Gordon Smith, added that the five-star grading awarded to Geraldo’s was “testament to the hard work of this business to offer a quality visitor experience”.

The team at The Scottish Gin Society would like to congratulate everyone at Geraldo’s on their well-earned success. We will be bringing you some further and exciting features from them soon. In the meantime, if you are visiting Largs, we whole-heartedly recommend a visit.


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