5 local cheeses from Lancashire you should try
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Why would you even bother with the likes of Stilton or Red Leicester when Lancashire has such an array of quality cheese producers?
Mrs Kirkhams Lancashire Cheese
Cloth-bound and sealed with butter, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheeses is famous across the world. It’s made from raw, unpasteurised milk with a mellow, buttery taste with a little lemon acidity at the family dairy near Goosnargh.
Production is small scale and Graham Kirkham works diligently to his mother Ruth’s recipe
Beesleys Farm, Mill Lane, Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2FL www.mrskirkhams.com
Dewlay Cheesemakers Crumbly Lancashire
Crumbly Lancashire is a young cheese typically matured for up to 8 weeks and made from fresh locally sourced milk. Bright white in colour, this cheese has a clean, zesty, slightly sharp flavour and a crumbly texture.
Dewlay’s have been making cheese in Garstang for 60 years and the family firm is now run by the third generation of the Kenyon family.
Garstang ByPass Road, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0PR www.dewlay.com
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Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses Blacksticks Blue
Blacksticks Blue by Butlers is an amber coloured blue veined cheese with a fantastic flavour.
Richard and Annie Barker purchased Lower Barker Farm in Inglewhite in 1932 and started making cheese on a very small scale, today their son Tom and his wife Jean make cheeses with milk coming from the family farms.
Wilson Fields Farm, Inglewhite, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2LH www.butlerscheeses.co.uk
Leagram’s Organic Creamy Lancashire
Organic Creamy Lancashire has a smooth creamy texture, easy to eat, with a rounded flavour and has won numerous awards, including the Food Hero of the Year in the 2009-10 Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards.
Bob Kitching, founded Leagram Organic Dairy with his wife Christine in Chipping in 2000. Bob sadly passed away in 2013 but his daughter Faye aims to keep his cheese legacy alive.
High Head Farm Buildings, Green Lane, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2TQ www.cheese-experience.com
Shorrocks Lancashire Bomb
Labelled the bomb due to the black wax covering and knot end at the top, the traditional Lancashire Bomb is aged for two years and is a creamy and full flavoured variety.
The Shorrocks family have been producing cheese in Lancashire for generations, the current owner Andrew Shorrock produced his first ‘cheese bomb’ over a quarter of a century ago.
Shorrocks Cheese, Newhouse Farm, Ford Lane, Goosnargh, PR3 2FD www.lancashirebombs.co.uk
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