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'.
Watercress Festival this
Hampshire Food Festival 2013
LJ Smith and Son butchers from Bishopstoke
win best Hampshire sausage
Wiltshire Life Awards
Lyburn Farm in the frame
Sundowner Cheese and Chive buscuits.
Lyburn Cheese goes Solar
World Cheese Awards 2012
Old Winchester takes Bronze
Awards Results 2012
Old Winchester Gold
Lyburn Smoked Gold
Stoney Cross Silver
Garlic and Nettle Silver
Francis Gold and best New Cheese
Chewton Glen Tree Houses open
Used equipment, butter churn.
Shop (Only sells cheese).
Shop opening times are Monday to Friday, 8-00am until 4-30pm.Not
open weekends or Bank holidays
Hampshire 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.
that stock Old Winchester
solar panels that generate most of the electricity to
make the cheese.
The Royal Oak Pub
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.
Old Winchester takes the Rowcliffe
prize for Best Cheese in the Specialist Cheese Makers
Class and then goes on to take Reserve Champion.
To e-mail or phone the cheesemaker
type in this address,
or 01794 399982 for Jess in the
cheese packing room
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.
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.