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Swaledale Cheese Company

Swaledale Cheese Company has been making the finest artisan cheeses for over 30 years. They use only the finest local milk for their cheeses which are sourced from local farm in the heart of Swaledale. All the cheeses produced are without preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians.

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Address: Metcalfe Farms, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5JZ, United Kingdom
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01748 824932

Swaledale Cheese Company

The Swaledale Cheese Company, has been selling the finest artisan cheeses for over 30 years, using ancient recipes tracing back to the 11th Century. All our cheeses are without preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians and are made with locally sourced fresh milk and lovingly handmade. We take great care ensuring our products reach you in perfect condition.  

History of Swaledale Cheese 

Swaledale Cheese Company can trace its artisan cheesemaking craft all the way back to the 11th century. The Cistercian monks are believed to have created the original recipe using ewe’s milk and  then passed on the cheese making techniques to the local farmers of Swaledale. 

Over the centuries the recipe has been passed on from one generation to another and the process was changed to include different varieties of milk, including cows and goats’ milk. 

During the 20th century the art of cheesemaking declined in Swaledale and by 1980, there was only one farm producing cheese. When the Longstaff farm stopped producing cheese, Mrs. Marjorie Longstaff passed on the original Swaledale cheese process to the founders of Swaledale Cheese Company. The process has remained unchanged since the production of cheese began in 1987.