In late 2011, Lakes Distillery founder, Paul Currie, (whose father Harold Currie founded Arran Single Malt Distillery) announced they had successfully received planning permission from the Lake District planning department in Cumbria to convert the former Victorian Model Farm at Setmurthy near Bassenthwaite Lake into a Distillery.
Building work started in April 2013 and the distillery opened on 15 December 2014 with the unveiling of bespoke entrance gates. The distillery operates a visitor centre with tours available, a shop, a bar and bistro. It is expected to employ 25 people.
The distillery produces gin, vodka and blended whisky. The distillery also started production on a single malt whisky in early 2015 that will be available from Q1 2018 onwards and will be called The Lakes Single Malt.