Our Story


At the Heart of Suffolk Distillery, you will find a local, family-run business that has a passion for creating exceptional products for their customers to enjoy.

The Heart of Suffolk Distillery was launched by husband and wife team Martyn and Karen Luke in February 2018, when a dream turned to reality.  Both are local to the heart of Suffolk with Karen growing up just a half a mile from where the distillery has been established.  Gin has been a passion of Karen’s for many years and more recently of Martyn’s and it was an easy decision, when naming their signature product, to honour Betty, Karen’s mother, who shared the same love and enjoyment of a good quality gin. Karen remembers her mother being a proper Suffolk girl; straight talking, strong willed and famed for her love of a really good gin.  Karen knows she would have been delighted to think that a bit of her legacy goes into every bottle they make.

Karen and Martyn were joined by their son Ryan, in April 2022.  He is now leading the way with the distillery and has his own ideas and exciting plans to push the distillery forward and continue the growth of the company.

In May 2023, Ryan, the son of Karen and Martyn, joined forces with a new business partner, Tom Mills, while his parents took a step back from the operations. This led to a significant period of change over the span of 2023. In September 2023, the distillery underwent expansion by acquiring The Elms at Finbows Yard. This new space now serves as the location for their shop and event space, while the original site continues to be dedicated to production. Also in September 2023, the Heart of Suffolk Distillery extended its presence by opening Langams Wine Bar in Stowmarket. This bar serves as a showcase for their spirits, including Betty’s Gin, and features other locally produced drinks.

This family-owned company lovingly pot distil small batches of a London Dry style gin with nine carefully chosen hand crushed botanicals to create the modern, unique and refreshing taste.

The bijou distillery is based in Finbows Yard, Bacton, itself an independent Suffolk icon. It is open to the public and offers a relaxed and hospitable welcome for those wanting to enjoy a sample and purchase a bottle of the hand-crafted gin. Alongside the gin on the shelves in the small retail unit, you will find other locally sourced products which will enhance the customers experience when they visit.

The clean line image which the Heart of Suffolk Distillery has strived for, has been reflected in our signature gin. Betty’s Gin is a pot distilled gin feeling modern, fresh and crisp to the palette.  It is styled on a London Dry Gin, has a slight orange undertone and is best served with a slice of orange, a handful of ice and a premium tonic water. This complements the nine carefully chosen botanicals which are used to create the unique, modern and refreshing taste.

Throughout the year, Heart of Suffolk Distillery will also be distilling and distributing limited edition gins; further demonstrating the passion our family-run business has for producing high-quality products and exceeding customer expectations.

The Heart of Suffolk Distillery makes real gin for real people.  Each batch of around 70 bottles is hand signed and numbered by our distiller Ryan who believes that when he signs each bottle he puts a piece of himself into each bottle.

If you love Suffolk you will love the Heart of Suffolk’s Betty’s Gin.

If you would like to stock our gin in your store, deli, farmshop, restaurant or public House please email us at sales@heartofsuffolkdistillery.co.uk and we will arrange to visit you with some samples.