CUMBRIA
     
 

THORNBY MOOR DAIRY
CAROLYN & LEONIE FAIRBAIRN,
CROFTON HALL,
THURSBY,
CARLISLE,
CUMBRIA CA5 6QB.

T: +44 (0) 16973 45555

 
 

This is Border Country, where the Romans settled, built Hadrian's Wall, and brought cheese making here and to Chester. The grasslands of the Solway Plain, west of Carlisle are the third largest milk producing area in the British Isles, a natural source of food.

Carolyn started cheese making in the basement of her home in true cottage industry style. In 1994, the growth in demand necessitated a move into the old piggery among the outbuildings of Crofton Hall. Crofton was the home of Cumberland's two oldest families, the Croftons and the Briscoes from 1390. It is a very calm and spotlessly clean building, 7 miles west of Carlisle.

Carolyn's career began as a professional photographer who used her heightened senses of timing and temperature to make cheese. Her younger daughter, Leonie, works with her in a stimulating relationship with five local people. The milk comes from a local herd of Dairy Shorthorn cows and a mixed herd of goats, both two miles from the dairy. Her cheeses are made with raw milk in a variety of matured, ripened, and soft style. Look for the names of 'Cumberland Farmhouse', the smoked version from their own smokehouse, Allerdale, and Crofton.

Available at the dairy and from specialist shops like Made in Cumbria stores. Carolyn runs cheese making classes for people with a real passion for cheese.