NEWS & BLOG

September 2018

As the whole Brexit issue slowly unravels, it is interesting to listen to the politicians clutch at straws, to try …

August 2018

The two Davids. Still ploughing his own furrow, father David Smales has a 94th birthday party at the end of …

July 2018

As the heat continues this July, comparisons are made with 1976, and for those of us that can remember it …

June 2018

It has to be said that there is some concern around the governments commitment to giving the rural community and …

May 2018

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. …

April 2018

Where are we all heading?  I have refrained from getting too involved in Brexit up to now, but with only …

March 2018

Disappointing to hear that a large number of Supermarkets had run out of milk, for a number of days, during …

February 2018

  Having just spent 3 days at the San Francisco food show, things have clearly moved on since the last …

January 2018

A visit to La Fromagerie, just before Christmas produced this fantastic cheese board for lunch. That was a real treat, …

December 2017

 St Peters Church, Bramshaw, is a lovely 12th Century Church, so full of character with little bits added over the …

November 2017

What a great result, Pangbourne Cheese Shop, chosen as best UK cheese shop at the World Cheese Awards. Well done …

October 2017

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers shares best practice alongside, Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review Established by former minister The Rt Hon …

Ann-Marie Siddall

 Lovely but very sad day, was the 28th. September, we needed to be at the church for 11.30. As we …

September 2017

Milk prices are slowly making a comeback for those of us not on a cost of production supermarket contract. There …

August 2017

That lovely weather of late June and early July is gone, back to typical English summer, wet and cool. Those balmy …

July 2017

We had a stunning two weeks at the beginning of July, warm balmy days and warm nights, allowed the vegetables …

June 2017

The new cookery school at the Chewton Glen is now fully open and ready for business, www.chewtonglen.com/the-kitchen. Helped along the …

May 2017

Main issue for both April and May had been lack of rain, that was until 24 hours ago. We had …

April 2017

April arrives and then almost gone, cows all out to grass day and night. Lots of grass but by the15th …

Royal Oak, Fritham

Royal Oak, Fritham, SO43 7GN We are regularly asked, where do we get lunch locally, with your cheese on the …

March 2017

All of a sudden, we have all got bored of hearing about what Mr Trump has got to say. It …

February 2017

As the shortage of Mediterranean produced vegetables starts to bite, the supermarkets turn it into a full blow crisis by …

January 2017

As the turmoil in Europe gathers pace, the biggest crisis to hit the EU for some time, deepens by the …

Home Made Cheese by Paul Thomas

For those starting out on a journey to make their own cheese, or those that just wish to understand more …

Hot wax tank and lazy Susan

    Hot wax tank for sale. Presently contains green wax. Price £500 Lazy Susan round table for sale. Approximately 1.5mt …

December 2016

Chelsea Pensioners ring in the festive season with some Lyburn Cheese 7th December 2016: The Chelsea Pensioners enjoyed a taste …

November 2016

Some good news going on here. Lyburn Smoked picks up a Silver at the World Cheese Awards in Spain. The …

October Special 2016

Tim Smales marries Emily, at the village church in Landford, dodged the storms, great day. No John Deere tractors this …

October 2016

Another day another year, pumpkin are now all on the move, the weather has been fantastic, great August, September and …

September 2016

I note from the Telegraph Business section today that 3 Tesco directors are to stand trial charged with fraud. All …

August 2016

The phone goes, it goes all the time, and my Agricultural bank manger, rings to see how I am. This …

July 2016

All the excitement of Brexit over, we were for staying but Boris decided we were out, and basically carried the …

June 2016

Southampton Airport, in conjunction with its new airline, bmi regional and ourselves, teamed up to help celebrate the Queen’s 90thBirthday …

May 2016

We always thought, that in times past, London was the centre of the world, but times change and civilisations move …

April 2016

In recent weeks the PHE (Public Health England) have released a report called ‘Eatwell Guide’. What a bizarre document, amongst …

March 2016

Andy Mckenzie in the new Lainston House Cookery School Great evening at Lainston House with Farmers Market, and Andy Mackenzie …

February 2016

Back from Australia, and a great three weeks, catching up with all the family, the fantastic countryside, the great team …

January 2016

Well, there is another year gone and into the history books. To the right the winter sun sets on the …

December 2015

Nice venue, a smart golf course in central Southern England. A number of us had gathered for the annual Christmas …

November 2015

More spilt milk!! So, the most asked question at Farmers Market, at the moment, is why is the milk market …

October 2015

Pumpkin harvest now in full swing and after a slow start they have ripened up, and now gone too far. …

September 2015

Pony Club comes to Lyburn Farm. This picture was taken when it was still dry and we were short of …

August 2015

Good news for our cheeses in the Great Taste awards this year. Old Winchester takes a 2 Star Gold and …

July 2015

Len Goodman, swaps his dancing shoes for a pair of white welly boots, and he is joined by Janet Ellis. …

June 2015

Bath and West hosts the British Cheese awards again, and we keep the big prizes in the south. Two Hoots …

May 2015

What a week. What was expected to be political chaos, turned out to be a ride in the park. The …

April 2015

Can’t let the Top Gear crisis pass without a comment. I don’t watch much television, but I do watch Top …

March 2015

Due to continued demand for our cheese the old 2000lt vat had to go, and has now been replaced by …

February 2015

A tale of two meals. This is a man shopping in a very well known store. He tells us he …

January 2015

Lyburn Farm from St Andrews Church We can’t let this month go by without comment to milk price. This is …

December 2014

Another Christmas eve passes, the farm is all locked up for the evening, and the alarms all set, so its …

November 2014

Winter has arrived after the most fantastic autumn, pumpkin all sold, the first frost has just killed off all the …

October 2014

Wellow ploughing match being held in one of our fields called Tipplefield, no split milk here. Dave Lewis, the new …

September 2014

Romsey has brewed beer for years, I remember the slogan , ‘Your in the Strong Country’. In 1858 a man …

August 2014

New Forest Show now over. We were given the dubious privilege of judging the ‘Young Sheep Handlers’ class. These are …

July 2014

After the wet of the winter, we now have huge heat of summer, Tuesday of the New Forest Show much …

June 2014

Better late than never, first day of June silage making underway. Huge crops of grass, two days wilting has given …

May 2014

Sure sign of spring, is the sound of the Cuckoo, and this year it was April 20th. A letter to …

April 2014

A chink of light, and even warmth as April enters. We missed the January broad beans, but now have them …

March 2014

A grey day for the dairy industry, Grey Cat looks after vermin control at Bridge Farm The writing has been …

February 2014

Avon Causeway 7th February, looking more like the Norfolk Broads.The weather seems to throw new challenges at us every month. …

January 2014

Still raining, I seem to remember saying that in the summer of 2012. Cows really don’t like this weather, too wet, …

December 2013

Challenging times, not the cheese market, nor Christmas. Having come through a dry autumn, it started to rain in December, …

November 2013

Emerging gracefully from the river valley of the Test, a medieval castle , or may be a set from Harry Potter. …

October 2013

Pumpkin in great profusion this year, after the complete disaster of the 2012 crop, the 2013 crop got off to …

September 2013

Another year, another British Cheese Awards, held at Kingham in deepest Oxfordshire. 908 entries and 183 cheesemakers entered this year, …

August 2013

The Hampshire life Awards, and Lyburn Cheese finds themselves up against Goodalls Strawberries, Lymington and Hatchett Herd of Pedigree Dexters, …

July 2013

It is hard to conceive the change in our crops in the short period of just 3 weeks. Having struggled …

June 2013

Bad news. It is with great sadness that we learn of the demise of the Denhay cheese business. In their …

May 2013

Around the roundabout, and the way to ‘Every little helps’, the Avon on the left, and a valley awash with water, the …

April 2013

The first week of April and it is snowing with days of consecutive frosts. The last 12 months have delivered 49.343 …

March 2013

As I recover form a night at the Wiltshire Life Awards in Malborugh, the rain is back with a vengeance, …

February 2013

I Have just reviewed the take at Hampshire Farmers Markets for the 6 weeks since Christmas and we are about …

January 2013

for the benefit of Supermarket buyers just out of University, these are beef cattle, not to be confused with horses. …

December 2012

……and it still raining, and as I sit in front of the log fire on Boxing Day, cheese for lunch, …

November 2012

……..and it is still raining out there. Having made a huge amount of cheese in the preceding months, we have …

October 2012

Francis, a washed rind version of Stoney Cross, very pink, same small eyes as Stoney Cross and very pungent. Seen …

September 2012

Another year goes by and another British Cheese Awards, in Cardiff, is with us and so quickly gone again. For …

September 2012

September, and lots going on as always. Milk supplies have now taken a huge dive in August, down 14% on …

August 2012

Plenty of medals all around, 3 Star Gold for Stoney Cross and 1 Star Gold for Old Winchester, and also …

July 2012

Now July 27th, what week, ASDA and Morrisonshave now finally fallen into line with the rest of the industry as …

June 2012

In the last few days, Robert Wiseman Dairies, Arlaand Dairy Crest announced price cuts of 1.7ppl, 2ppland 1.65ppl respectively, in …

May 2012

To continue the April storey below about milk prices, the rest of the world followed suit and have roughly cut …

April 2012

Good news and bad news, it has now rained and the grass is growing, if but slowly, bad news, it …

March 2012

For those of you that enjoy your markets, we now have a Winchester Farmers market on Saturday 14th April, by …

February 2012

For February we have 2 Hungary Sailors, in the form of Dick Strawbridge and his son James and to follow …

January 2012

Sorry but have been away, and have got a bit behind, and away was New Zealand. It was 40 years …

December 2011

As part of the Hairy biker’s series Great British food, they took a look at what was on offer and …

November 2011

Stoney Cross does well at the World Cheese Awards with a Gold and Bronze in two different classes. Star of …

October 2011

Good months sales on cheese, up about 5% on last year, don’t really know why, you don’t notice until you …

September 2011

Early morning, approaching the brow of Short Hill Nomansland, just caught the sun coming through the trees, with just a …

August 2011

The weather up until the second week of June, had looked as if there were to be a complete disaster …

July 2011

We normally enter the various cheese competitions each year and this year is no exeption. Entering the Great Taste Awards …

June 2011

A visit from cousin Ian Smales and his wife Angie form Australia. Ian has to go to Norway next week …

May 2011

The dry spring has meant that the silage crop is looking light, probably only tow thirds of what we would …

April 2011

Broad beans look fantastic, the best I have ever seen them. They have come through the winter well, the picture …

March 2011

Weather warming up a bit now , dry enough to get on with some grass seeding, any when from the …

January 2011

Weather warmed up a bit now, broad beans have made no progress in November and December, cant blame them, but …

December 2010

And so quickly another year draws to a close, no sooner did it start , and here we are at …

November 2010

The picture to the right is of a Crown Prince pumpkin/ squash, always a debate as to what to call …

October 2010

A huge crop op pumpkin selling very quickly this year, demand for suqash also very brisk, seem to have come …

September 2010

British Cheese awards were back in Cardiff again this year, blessed with some very good weather, the Supreme Champion being …

August 2010

Tim has taken the huge commitment to do the Ironman Triathlon this summer in Bolton. This encompasses a swim, 110 …

July 2010

Over a period of time it has always been Old Winchester that has picked up the prizes, but this year …

June 2010

V Limewood v Chewton Glen The Hampshire food festival has now become a huge event for the month of July, …

May 2010

We visited Arbutus the other evening, just off Soho Square. That was just so good, it is not often you …

April 2010

The new P&O ship Azura will be due into Southampton on the 7 April and made ready for her maiden …

March 2010

March 20th and finally some heat and warm rain, the grass has been scorched bare by the cold and the …

January 2010

Finally we get a sensible winter, delivering to the North of Hampshire became a bit of a challenge, but nothing …

December 2009

The year ends with huge sales in December and we see a growth of about 20% for 2009. As we …

November 2009

Hampshire Farmers Markets have now been going about 10 years and contiue to flurish, depite what have been in the …

September 2009

Useful crop of pumpkin on the way. British Cheese awards Link for the results Another good set of results for …

August 2009

Food Standards Agency carping on about Organic food, not what it is cracked up to be, we then have the …

July 2009

Interestingly, it was Old Winchester winning the prizes last year, and has done another Gold Star at the Great Taste …

June 2009

The end of another year and the Apprentice. You either love it or loath it, and we love it. There …

May 2009

High powered delegation over from China and we are standing in what will be a useful crop of Organic Broad …

April 2009

Mid April and perfect conditions for drilling Maize. Today’s modern tractors come with computers that tell you everything and enough …

March 2009

Four Days at the International Food Expo, turned out to be a huge success. Having joined forces with Bookham and …

February 2009

A large part of our business is organic vegetables, and the question being put to me is,’How is it going’, …

January 2009

And so it is a Happy New Year to you all, or that is what we would like to think. …

December 2008

Happy Christmas to all of our customers. Sorry we ran out of truckles , will try harder next year. Christmas …

November 2008

Never a dull moment on this place, having taken a number of prizes with our cheeses this year we finish …

October 2008

What a star, Susie Carter wins ‘Britain’s Best Dish‘ competition. You might well say what has that got to do …

September 2008

For some years Waitrose have run a small producers competition. This year they have teamed up with Country Living and …

August 2008

Milk wars have just broken out with Tesco announcing that they are to sell 2 litres of milk for £1.06 …

July 2008

Cant let this week pass, with out reference to this august group of gentleman who came for a trip around …

June 2008

Another 3 tonnes of organic broad bean safely unloaded. The veg, having got off to a good start have been …

May 2008

Having supplied Waitrose with Organic vegetables for the last 8 years, and Halloween pumpkin for much longer, it is, with …

April 2008

Lyburn cheese, Two Hoots and Wickham Vineyard find themselves at the top of Spinnaker Tower for St Georges day 23rd …

March 2008

Mid March and the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine has written a report on some of the Very Best available strong …

February 2008

Another year and a new face. Sadly Anna has left us and returned to her homeland of Poland, and naturally …

January 2008

Dawn and her cheese box!! Here is a picture of Dawn Hacket, the champion of Farmhouse Cheesemakers. Dawn has now …

December 2007

That’s a nice field of cabbages Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fare launch a DVD that tells the field to …

November 2007

Run out of room yet again. The bigger volumes of Old Winchester that are in the pipe line, all need …

October 2007

Pumpkin campaign has gone well, all the large cleared, with some small left but still have a tinge of green …

British Cheese Awards 2007

Another good solid result at the British Cheese Awards, a Bronze for Winchester, and a Bronze for Old Winchester in …

September 2007

We have for the time being, shut the farm shop again due to Foot and Mouth. We now have no …

August 2007

There is no end to the grief at the moment, Foot and Mouth is back. News that the bug may …

July 2007

Job to know where to start this month. Strong sales growth with the cheese has been dented by the theft …

June 2007

Had a very good run in the last 6 months, lots of new customers for the cheese, and makeing an …

May 2007

Tuesday 29th. May, Bath and West Show week, yes and its raining surprise, surprise. Then even more surprises, Lyburn’s Old …

April 2007

The very dry weather, will soon start to affect milk production, irrigating, grass seeds and Broad beans. Meanwhile, Lyburn Gold …

March 2007

Good news and bad news, the good news is that our cheese Winchester won another Bronze at the World Cheese …

February 2007

Not a very happy story, bird flu hits East Anglia. As we watch the story unfold, the overriding message, and …

January 2007

Tour dates for this summer Here are the dates as promised for this years tours. June 27th and 28th, July …

December 2006

Little Lyburns, weight about 1.3kg, in green wax, little bit older than the Gold but not as old as the …

November 2006

This is a short introduction to Anna, who is now taking over the cheesemaking at Lyburn farm. Anna has spent …

October 2006

Cows now back out to grass, after a long dry summer the cows have now got more grass than they …

September 2006

British Cheese Awards 2006. An outstanding day for us and the culmination of 7 years hard work. Old (Aged) Winchester …

August 2006

The dry weather continues with no real sign of a break, the odd shower of rain and dull day, but …

July 2006

Certainly the driest summer for some time, some have compared it with 1976, but have to say nothing like as …

June 2006

More prizes for the Lyburn cheeses. The Bath and West Show gave us a first in class with the Cumin, …

May 2006

Lyburn Cheese now available in the US West coast stores of Washington DC, Oregon, and California. Cropping on the farm …

April 2006

New Point of sale posters available in A2 and A5. Farm shops and deli’s just give a ring and we …

March 2006

This month Romania is on the agenda. We have now had our second visit from Ben. Ben, who is Romanian, …

February 2006

An excellent trip to California, 3 days hard work at the show has yielded results. Large numbers of fascinating people …

December 2005

The evening tours during the summer have become extremely popular, and we ended up doing 8 tours, and a total …

November 2005

British Cheese Awards had a change of venue this year, and have moved to Imperial Gardens, in the centre of …

October 2005

Harrods, this year, have decided to follow their very sucessful Italian promotion last year with a ‘Truly British Event’. We …

September 2005

Massive crops of pumpkin this year. Planting a pumpkin seed, is more than just a job, more than just trying …

August 2005

New milk tanker, the old one had done its time but now too small, too many trips. The new one …

July 2005

Despite some very hot weather in July, we have now had some rain and this has produced a super crop …

June 2005

Silage making finished, a disappointing organic rhubarb crop mainly due to all the hard frost earlier in May. Then a …

May 2005

Some very patchy weather has meant that silage making has not been straight forward. It has been a case of …

March 2005

This year the World Cheese Awards have been held at the International Food Exhibition , Docklands, in London. From our …

February 2005

Another new store comes into play. Having completely run out of space, this now gives us capacity for another 2000 …

January 2005

As can be seen in the pictures along side, the present ripening room is full to the brim with maturing …

November 2004

Stand up the other Mike Smales. E- mails come and go , as they do, and suddenly an e-mail, from …

October 2004

As another manic pumpkin season unfolds, we find ourselves with reasonably good yields, but disappointingly small pumpkin , mainly due …

May 2004

After a late, wet, start the maize has now gone off like a rocket. Here we see a 60 acre …

September 2004

Another very successful weekend at the British cheese awards in the grounds of Blenhiem Palce at Woodstock. A total of …

September 2004

Lyburn Gold More prizes for our cheese at the World Cheese Awards in London at the begining of the month. …

August 2004

In the region of 100 attended our last open evening, incorperating the Eastleigh Ramblers, more talking than rambling I think, …

July 2004

Tractors working at Bridge farm, second cut silage, the weather is perfect not a cloud to be seen. This means …

Cheese tours 2004

We have already had a number of enquires regarding the very popular cheese tours and suppers, held at the farm …

June 2004

More good news for the cheesemakers, two second prizes in the cheese competitions. The Garlic and Nettle came second to …

April 2004

We have applied for a second Rural Enterprise Scheme Gant, under the Goverment’s ERDP program, and have been successful. This …

April 2004

Late evening down at Bridge farm, now part of Lyburn Farm. Heifers now finally out to grass much to their …

March 2004

Students from the Southampton Catering College, visit Lyburn Cheese, to learn about the cheese making process, watch it being made …

January 2004

Our more recent cheese Winchester, is now enjoying some considerable success. We are now having to make more, but inevitably …

December 2003

As well as the shop being open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons we will be open all day on 23rd …

November 2003

More good news for our three principal cheeses. We have repeated the success of last month, at the British cheese …

October 2003

Now into a very intense two weeks of activity. Apart from making cheese this farm grows a number of vegetables. …

September 2003

The British cheese awards, held at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, provide an opportunity for cheese makers large and small to come …

September 2003

September is proving to be a busy month this year. Celebrated Australian chef Jonathan Smales visits Lyburn Cheese, with his …

September 2003

More good news for the Garlic and Nettle, it just gets better. The cheese has won it’s first major prize …

August 2003

The pumpkin harvest has come early this year. Due to the spell of extremely hot weather the pumpkins, that have …

August 2003

New product. The older mature version of the Lyburn Gold, as yet un-named, is now becoming available in greater numbers. …

July 2003

The 10th British Cheese Awards and the Great British Cheese Festival is going be held in 11 acres of parkland …

March 2003

After all the the rain of the winter it has now come dry, not particularly warm, but for the cows …

February 2003

Along with all the other members of the Specialist Cheesemakers, we have now been certified by ADAS, the Food Standards …

January 2003

Having had a very good run up to Christmas, it was clear that we have not enough room and capacity …

October 26th and 27th 2002

A Pumpkin and Cheese weekend The farm shop will be open all weekend to cater for the needs of those …

September 2002

British Cheese Awards 2002 This year the British Cheese Awards 2002 have moved to Chipping Campden, a suitable successor to …

September 2002

Emsworth four day food festival, was I would think, a huge success. We did the Friday and Saturday and were …

August 2002

We have now opened the cheese shop on the end of the new creamery. For the time being we will …

May 2002

Here we see a slice of smoked cheese. We do not smoke them here on the farm as we have …

April 2002

After some delays and problems, mainly mechanical, the plant is now working well. We needed more cheese moulds, and needed …

February 2002

The new creamery has now been finished. All the plant and equipment has been installed cleaned and cleaned again and …

December 2001

Still lucky with the weather, Concrete has gone down without any threat from the frost, and the internal structure is …

November 2001

The building for the new creamery is now in place, helped by some very dry weather, had it been the …

September 2001

British Cheese Awards. There has been a revolution in the British cheese industry in the last 15 years, old recipes …

August 2001

Ground works have now started for the new dairy. We had hoped to have this up and running for Christmas …

July 2001

The original pilot plant and facilities are now working at full stretch. Application was made to the Government, under their …

February 2010

With a general election looming Hilary Benn gets up at the Oxford Farming conference to tell everyone, what a great …