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8 great cheese producers in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 18 December 2017

Mrs Kirkham's cheeses made the slow way

Mrs Kirkham's cheeses made the slow way

Glynn Ward

Lancashire cheese is perfect all year round but with so many brilliant makers which do you choose? Here is our guide to a few favourites

Lancashire is famous for many things but it’s only in recent times that people outside the county have started to appreciate our delicious cheese.

We’ve been making the stuff since the Middle Ages and in 1199 King John thought it was good enough to be granted a Royal Charter to host an annual cheese fair in Preston. It has taken the rest of Britain 800 years to catch on.

If you travel the more remote byways of Lancashire you can still spot village cheese presses and, while they are no longer in use, many of our artisan makers still employ the traditional methods going back centuries.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same with some delicious Lancashire cheese – it goes brilliantly with a slice of Christmas cake. If you are coming late to the party here are a few suggestions to show you the whey…

Butler's Blacksticks BlueButler's Blacksticks Blue


This Inglewhite family cheese-maker hit the jackpot with its Blacksticks Blue cheese, which still has that blue cheese tang but without the more overwhelming qualities of stilton or gorgonzola. It’s highly versatile being soft enough to be stirred into sauces or mashed into potatoes as well, of course, straiught on crackers.


A.D. Shorrock

Andrew Shorrock is proud producer of the wonderfully named Lancashire Bomb, which is strong, creamy and nutty with a touch of acidity. What’s more, it’s wrapped in black wax so it looks like something Guy Fawkes might have used.


Graham KirkhamGraham Kirkham

Mrs Kirkham’s

A family name synonymous with Lancashire cheese-making. Graham Kirkham, who was taught the art by his mum, only uses traditional raw cows milk from their own herd. It’s a long, slow process using an old style press, but the end result - a rich, creamy yellow texture - means its worth every moment.


JJ Sandham

If you like smoked cheese, this company based just outside Barton village has it off to an art form. With total control over the smoking process and more than a decade’s experience JJ Sandham’s cheese has natural flavours and a rich nuttiness.


Faye Kitching at the famous Leagram Organic dairyFaye Kitching at the famous Leagram Organic dairy

Leagram Organic Dairy

This little dairy in the lovely village of Chipping was set up by the late great Bob Kitching, a former Lancashire Life Food Hero. Now the family, led by his daughter Faye, produce many award winning cheeses – including goat and sheep ¬- made by hand native from local farm milk.



An award-winning family run business that has been in operation since the 1930s employing exclusive recipes. Using locally sourced milk, the company currently making 19 different varieties – the fun is working your way through them.


The Cheese Shop at DewlayThe Cheese Shop at Dewlay


Garstang Blue certain put Dewlay on the map as well the quaint market town just off the A6. Several Christmases back Jamie Oliver decided to use the cheese during a supermarket commercial that received national coverage. The Dewlay phones have rarely stopped ringing ever since.


Grandma Singleton’s

Another long established cheese-maker, Grandma Singleton’s is handcrafted combining four generations of traditional techniques with new and innovative approaches to flavour. And there really was a Grandma to set the ball rolling..


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