On the outskirts of the Lancashire town of Garstang, clearly marked by its very own wind turbine, stands the world-famous and one of the country’s most prestigious cheese factories – Dewlay Cheese. The award-winning business employs more than seventy people in the shop and factory and welcomes visitors from all over the country.
The shop is easily located just off the A6 and a visit here is a must if you are in the area. For cheese lovers’ there is something for everyone, from tasty Lancashire to more robust mature cheddars and delicious creamy cheeses, including Garstang White and Garstang Blue. The shop also stocks a range of cheese related products and souvenirs.
But how did it all begin? In 1957, George Kenyon, a keen dairyman, decided to set up his own cheese-making dairy and this tradition has been carried on by his son, Neil, who moved the business to the current eight-acre site where it is now run by third generation brothers, Nick and Richard Kenyon.
Lancashire has rich pasture land and is the perfect environment for cheese making, with creamy milk sourced from local family farms. By taking the popular guided tour around the factory, accessed through the shop, visitors can see cheese being made and view the entire process, which takes place five days a week. The cheesemakers at Dewlay have a wealth of knowledge to share and produce high quality cheese in the dairy. The cold store building can hold up to two hundred tonnes of product where cheese can take from two weeks to twelve months to mature at temperatures of eight degrees centigrade.
Sustainability is important to the team at Dewlay and the factory is powered by a 2mW wind turbine which was installed in 2010 and per year, has reduced carbon emissions by 2992 tonnes which is the equivalent to the annual usage of over 1,100 homes.
Dewlay cheesemakers consistently scoop up many trophies and awards at the annual, International Cheese Awards, which are the Oscars of the cheese industry. Dewlay’s Laura Barnes says, “With our Cheese Shop we know what works on a cheese board and can offer advice to customers who may be having a dinner party and are unsure on what cheese to display and how to serve it.” The shop is certainly worth a browse and cheese displays change frequently. If you fancy something different for a celebration, why not choose a cake made of cheeses? You won’t be disappointed by the plentiful bespoke choice on offer.
Visit Dewlay Cheese at:
Garstand By-Pass Road
Garstang, Preston, PR3 0PR.
T: 01995 602335