Nestled in the hills over looking the sea, the Cornish Distilling Co. are the first Cornish distillers of genuine British rum. From the fermentation of the molasses through to bottling, everything is done by us in our Bude distillery.


Rum From Scratch

We make genuine British rum, created on site in our distillery in Bude, Cornwall. Unlike most British sellers, who import their rum from the Caribbean and add flavouring, we create our rum from scratch. The fermentation process, although time consuming, allows the team to have more control over the flavour of the rum. We are proud to offer you a truly authentic British-made rum.

The Cornish Distilling Co. is a collaboration between Richard & Fionagh Harding, and Tom Read.  

Moon Curser Rum
Moon Curser

Moon Curser

Our new Mooncurser Cornish spiced rum is inspired by the hidden coves and rocky inlets that Cornwall has long been notorious for. Here smuggling was rife, as the moon cursers stole their imports ashore in the dead of night, to become the stuff of local legend.

Tasting notes: notes of vanilla, orange and caramel, followed by warm nutmeg and cinnamon. Hints of coffee, ginger and pepper provide a clean finish. 70cl / ABV 37.5%

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Meet the Team

Richard Harding, Chairman

No two days are the same for me. I am also responsible for Norton Barton Artisan Food Village. I could be dealing with corporate finance issues one day and the next filling bottles of rum.

Tom Read, Head Distiller

I perform the day-to-day production at the distillery. This ranges from starting fermentations right through to sealing bottles and everything in between.


After a first career in the IT Service industry, Dean finally found a use for his Chemical Engineering education in the distilling world at the newly formed Cotswolds Distillery.
Rum distillery tours in Cornwall

Rum Tours

If you’ve ever wondered how to make true British rum from scratch you will have the opportunity to visit the distillery floor and see the process of rum making – from the fermentation of the molasses to the bottling of the finished product.

You’ll get to sample the range of the Cornish Distilling Co’s rums whilst enjoying sweeping views over the Cornish countryside.

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Contact Us


The Cornish Distilling Co.
Norton Barton Artisan Food Village
Norton Barton
EX23 9LG



01288 321921