Hebden Goat

Creamy and smooth, with a rich goat flavour


Now out of season until April.  Why not try Amalthea or Dorstone instead.

Hebden Goats cheese is made on the farm by Gillian and her eight (yes just eight!) goats.  The cheese is slowly set before being moulded and aged for three weeks.  The wrinkly rind breaks down to a smooth paste and rich goaty and grassy flavours.

Made by Gillian Clough, TenAcres Farm, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England.

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Gillian Clough only started making Hebden Goat cheese in 2015. A Radiography lecturer, Gillian has a love for goats, particularly Anglo Nubian goats – big, floppy-eared goats famed for their rich milk, which is great for cheese making. Buying a smallholding (called Ten Acres after it’s size!), she set about breeding these goats as a hobby, whilst her husband, Tim, keeps a few rare-breed sheep.

The goats and sheep all feed out at pasture on the Pennine hills high above Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. Farming seasonally (they only make cheese spring to autumn) the goats are fed from the pasture and using forage made on the farm, which helps add to the richness of the Anglo-Nubian milk, and allows it to show its provenance.

Being brought up on poor quality supermarket cheese meant that Gillian had no real interest in cheese. But after the first round of breeding, her goats were producing milk in quantity. So looking for something to do with it, she enrolled on renowned cheese expert Ivan Larcher’s cheese-making course.

Returning to her home enthused, Gillian’s husband Tim set about building her a small one-person dairy on the bottom floor of their house. This small dairy allowed Gillian to make a light fresh-curd cheese (called Gat), and she soon discovered that, blimey, she loved it! She’d discovered how good cheese could taste.

Gillian visited The Courtyard Dairy in 2015 and impressed them with the quality of the milk produced on her farm. So we set about encouraging and working with her to develop a brand new, lactic goats cheese. A year later, and Hebden Goat was born.

Every morning Gillian gets up and milks her eight-goats. She then adds a tiny amount of lactic starter bacteria and rennet to the milk, before going to work in her day job as a lecturer at Bradford University. By next morning the long set of the milk has happened, which means after that day’s milking, yesterdays set milk can be ladled into moulds and left to drain. Aged for 2-3 weeks, Hbden Goat cheese then develops the wrinkly yeast rind (geotrichium) that is natural to goat milk. This breaks down the firm texture of Hebden Goat to provide a rich, creamy goats’ milk cheese, unique to the Yorkshire Pennines.

This product will have two weeks shelf life from the date of delivery.  Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.

Weight: 1 x 100g cheese.

Customer reviews

  1. Mandy Price

    Delicious cheese, have tried several supermarket brought goats cheese and been very disappointed, but this cheese is in a class of its own, very creamy, no bitterness, loved it.

    • Andy

      Thanks Mandy – glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Michelle

    Came across this cheese in a little wholefood shop researched it on the net when I got home and found your sight. This cheese is the best goat cheese I have tasted, mild and creamy, great texture and stays together well. Have just made spinach and goats cheese filo’s excellent cooked too. I will be purchasing more, well done on all the award winning too – great to see a back yard dairy doing so well.

  3. Michele Sabina

    Have been getting this every week for a few months from Valley organic and find it to be so delicious, nourishing and works so well for my digestion!!! Thank you and your goats so much and please keep up the good work.

  4. Lesley

    This cheese is so yummy and we love it with crackers or just a slither on its own! We have even met the goats and they are so well loved and cared for ……. now we know why their cheese tastes so good … it’s all that LOVE!

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