About Lancashire Mead Company
Welcome to the Lancashire Mead Company – producers of Artisan Meads
To find us as you have, you have become a traveller, a seeker. One who has been searching for a True Mead, just as I was back in 2008. Since then it has been a journey of discovery, of trial and of (occasionally) error. Now it seems we have found each other, through a quest for the Golden Nektar that is REAL MEAD. Have you been watching Game of Thrones or Vikings? Well settle yourself down and wander through our amazing selection of REAL meads.
The Lancashire Mead Company are one of the
very few Mead producers that do not put Honey into White Wine and call it Mead.
The Honey MUST be fermented to be worthy of the name Mead!!
So, let us introduce ourselves. We are husband and wife team, Gordon Baron and Ann Farrell. Gordon is the Meadmeister and known to many as Hawky. Gordon is, currently, an Ovate with The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. His journey in the search for the Real Mead really started in 2007, when he helped prepare a batch of mead in a cottage in the woods near Chorley, Lancashire. This batch mysteriously went missing well before it was ready. The following year, Gordon decided to have go at mead making himself; then, over the next 5 years, experimented with different Honeys and Yeasts, increasing batch sizes & filtration methods.
After meeting Ann in 2012, Gordon started to make plans to set up the Meadery. In 2013, amidst the wedding preparations, Gordon gave up lorry driving and began making the final preparations for starting the business. In October 2013, we found suitable premises and made an application to HMRC for a License to Manufacture, which was granted on 26th November 2013. The Lancashire Mead Company was born! Ann joined the business six months later, becoming full time in 2015 and gave up teaching in 2016.
In line with our spiritual beliefs, we wanted to keep our Mead as natural as possible. This means, firstly, that the honey we use is raw, unpasteurised, and un-sterilised. For the technically minded, throughout the process at our suppliers, the honey has never been heated above 44 degrees Celsius (112 Fahrenheit). It also means that throughout our process it has never been heated above 40 degrees Celsius. Secondly, it means that there are no chemical additions throughout the whole process, with the exception of the Yeast Nutrients which are digested along with the sugars in the honey during fermentation. We do not use "fermentation stoppers" or "stabilisers", the yeast naturally dies off and sediments without the aid of any finings.
The final stage is to filter the mead to give a crystal clear finish, this is done by passing through sheet paper filters down to approximately 0.3 microns. This means our products are SULPHITE, GLUTEN, WHEAT AND DIARY FREE as well as being SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS.
Each bottle is then filled, capped and labelled individually and manually. The process and final product is as handmade as is feasibly possible. We only use a hand-held paddle mixer, a pump/filter and a vacuum assisted bottling machine. We keep our carbon footprint as low as possible and do not use energy hungry fermentation temperature control equipment at all.
What you get from The Lancashire Mead Company is a mead made with the home brewers’ ethics, without the wait or potential failure.