Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers.
Lyburn farm makes a variety of different hand made
cheeses, all of which are made from our own cows milk.
Although they are pressed, these artisan cheeses are not
that close to cheddar cheese. They are, in general, a
softer and a more continental type of cheese, with the
exeption of Old Winchester and Old Smales. The Lyburn
Gold, is where we start and details of this cheese and
all the others can be found on the next page headed 'Cheeses'.
|News in Brief
British Cheese Awards 2014 at the Bath and
Lavender tours,part of Hampshire Food
World Cheese Awards 2013
A number of
prizes at British Cheese Awards for Lyburn
wins the Best Local Supplier/Producer at the Hampshire
awards Old Winchester 2Gold Star, Stoney Cross 1 Gold
venues for next Year
Shop (Only sells cheese).
opening times are Monday to Friday, 8-00am until 4-30pm.Not
open weekends or Bank holidays
Farmers Market Dates
Lyburn farm lies on the northern edge of the New Forest,
straddling the small river Blackwater, and has been
farmed by the Smales family and Mike and Judy in
particular for the last 40 years. The river Blackwater
rises on some of the high ground of the forest and as the
heather and gorse gives way, to the old ancient oak
forest, home of the fallow deer, the countryside falls
away sharply towards the north. In the bottom of the
valley you will find the Hamptworth estate, of which
Lyburn farm is part. The name Lyburn, is in fact quite
unique, it is derived from the Scottish, lye 'born', and
burn 'river', 'borne by the river', and with the
Blackwater on either side we certainly are.
Stores that stock
The new solar
panels that generate most of the electricity to make the
The Royal Oak Pub
The Royal Oak Pub,
Fritham is one of our locals. We take a number of
enquiries from visitors to the area as to where to get a
good pint and a ploughmans. Look no further. Then come on
down to the shop, open Monday,Tues, Weds,Thurs,Friday
from 8am to 4.30pm.
The New Forest
The New Forest, has no great history of cheese making,
unlike the west country. Traditionally, in the last 100
years, the milk from Hampshire, has always travelled
eastwards to the large conurbations of Southampton and
London, to be sold as bottled milk. Historically records
show that cheese, will have been made by the Cistercian
Monks at Beaulieu and other Monasteries, back in the 1200's.
Cheese will also have been made on the various farmsteads
in the last 500years, particularly those farms that are
named 'White House Farm' as they will certainly have had
connections with cheese.
The manors of Winchester, of which this
area was part, including Downton, indicate that cheese
was made locally, but not in large commercial quantities.
So for the valley of the Blackwater, and Lyburn Farm,
cheese making is a relatively new venture set up to
address the needs of a changing market place.