Producer Visits

Deb’s first visit to a cheesemaker: Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese

The morning of Thursday 17th April had finally arrived.  My colleague, Pam, and I, were being taken on an amazing educational “day out” by Andy and Kathy, owners of award-winning…

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A video visit to Kirkham’s Lancashire

Every couple of months Andy, Kathy and occasionally some of The Courtyard Dairy staff like to pop over to visit good old Graham Kirkham (of Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese fame) and…

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The pioneer of British blue cheese: Robin Congdon – Beenleigh, Harbourne and Devon Blue

A story to tell the tale of Robin Congdon, the master of the blues.  The latter is rightly credited as the creator of Beenleigh Blue, Harbourne Blue and Devon Blue…

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Tunworth – A visit to Hampshire Cheeses to see how it is made!

When I told Kathy we were going on holiday for a week, she seemed excited.  And I hadn’t even told her she’d be spending a day with Hampshire Cheeses, makers…

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Hafod cheese

Hafod Cheddar cheese – two years on….?

Two years ago I visited Holden Farm Dairy and reported some very exciting things that Sam and Rachel Holden were experimenting with:  “I can’t wait to try some of his…

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Creating a modern British cheese: Cote Hill Blue

Michael and Mary Davenport had a decision to make: give up farming or find some way of adding value to their milk.

Here is the story of how they transformed a…

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Making Vacherin Mont d’Or, a visit to cheesemakers Sancey Richard

In the shadow of the real Mont d’Or (gold mountain) lays a small dairy.  At 6.00 am in the morning its three big long vats are being gently filled with…

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Stichelton Cheese – the usurped king of blues?

On a trip to London, a guy named Joe Schneider got talking about cheese.  Over a pint of bitter, an idea was mentioned and developed.  A raw-milk Stilton.  Made with…

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Finn Cheese: the story of the ‘great white one’

Finn was created in Sevenoaks as Britain’s first cream-enriched cheese (often called double or triple cream cheese) and is named after Charlie Westhead’s dog at the time (Finn is Irish…

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A visit to Neal’s Yard Creamery

Late last year I went off into the deepest darkest depths of Herefordshire to find one of Britain’s most-outstanding and pioneering cheese makers: Neal’s Yard Creamery.

Read about that visit here…

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Dale End Cheddar and Botton Creamery

All about the amazing Dale End Cheddar made on the North Yorkshire Moors by Botton Creamery.

Alastair only makes a small amount of cheese: he farms only 46 Dairy Shorthorn cows…

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Tarentais cheese – a visit to an amazing producer

I’ve visited a lot of cheesemakers.  Very rarely have I been back twice.


But some producers are awe-inspiring. Tarentais cheese is one of these.

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