In 1905, Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, England was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer was provided as security. The loan was never repaid so Thomas became the owner of the unique recipe.
Thomas began using the recipe and producing botanically brewed ginger beer which he delivered door-to-door using a horse and cart for transport.
His Ginger Beer was stored in stone jars known affectionately as Grey Hens.
Fearless, Thomas’ faithful family dog, was the winner of Crufts obedience class of 1933 and 1934. Thomas was so proud of her achievement that he not only used her portrait on his bottles, but her image adorned every Fentimans factory. Fearless proudly guards every Fentimans bottle to this day.
The world has changed a lot over 100 years since Thomas Fentiman founded the business. Fentimans have had to adapt to meet the demands of an ever changing world. Changes in the way people shop has meant our door-to-door deliveries have made way for selling online and in shops, bars and restaurants. The old stone jars adorned by ‘Fearless’ have also been replaced by our iconic and instantly recognisable glass bottle.
Over 100 years since we first started brewing botanical drinks, the business is still in the Fentimans family and is owned by the Great Grandson of Thomas Fentiman. We also continue to make our delicious natural beverages by the multi-stage botanical brewing technique. Our processes have been updated and our beverages are now carbonated before being filled and pasteurised to extend the product shelf life. However, the one thing that has not changed is the superior quality, craftsmanship and unsurpassed flavour of our drinks.