The very real person behind our name

Christiana Stead (who we affectionately refer to as “Granny”) was born in the 19th Century and lived in a picturesque village called Middleton-in-Teesdale in the North of England. Her non-alcoholic ginger drink recipe, which we use to create Mellow Ginger Wine, has been delighting generations for over 150 years.

“We liked it so much we bought the business” 

Although the story of our original non-alcoholic ginger drink began 150 years ago, the Knox family became keepers of the famous recipe in 1994. It was then that Len and Dot Knox bought the recipe for their favourite ginger drink and began preparing Gran Stead’s Ginger from home and selling it at craft fairs. As word spread and demand grew, they moved on to farmers markets and began to build an enviable list of stockists.

The business was given a marvellous start by the hard work of Len and Dot and we’re delighted to say that twenty years later it continues to grow. Today it’s us, their son Chris and daughter-in-law Rosemary, who take care of the day to day running of the firm, and production has moved to a local farm.

Who we are and the drinks origins.