Hartridges was founded in 1882 by Francis Hartridge and continues to flourish today under the ownership of the fourth generation of the Hartridge family. Born in 1847, Francis Hartridge was pivotal in the formation of the soft drinks company that exists today.
Whilst working for his father at the family brewery in Kent, he trained as a brewer and ran the business until 1868. At the age of 35, he then purchased the Alliance Brewery, an independent brewery in Hambledon, Hampshire and Hartridges Soft Drinks Company was born.
By the early 20th century Hartridges were selling their ales and soft drinks to a wide geographical area and a fleet of dray horses were employed. Today, the company continues under the present ownership and direction of Martin and Christopher Hartridge, who take a huge amount of pride in their achievements and that of their ancestors.
Francis Hartridge's Celebrated Ginger Beer is a traditionally brewed sparkling ginger flavoured soft drink with sugar.