LANCASHIRE
     
 

LEAGRAM ORGANIC DAIRY
ROBERT KITCHING,
HIGH HEAD FARM,
GREEN LANE,
CHIPPING,
LANCASHIRE PR3 2TQ.

T: +44 (0) 1995 61442

WEB: WWW.CHEESE-EXPERIENCE.COM

 
 

Chipping is known for cheese and chairs and is on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, four miles east of Beacon Fell. In 1911, a lady was the first person to make Lancashire cheese commercially in Chipping.

Bob Kitching has been making Lancashire cheese for 30 years and has always wanted his own dairy to use and display his great collection of Lancashire cheese making equipment. His reputation has spread throughout the country for his Lancashire cheese making demonstrations at shows and exhibitions.

By chance he saw the local landowner, John Weld-Blundell, was writing about The lost Gardens of Leagram Hall, with its south facing secret walled garden. As part of this massive project, Bob took over renovating the old cowsheds into a cheese making dairy with an old Gornall cheese vat rescued from Cheshire and upright cheese presses.

One farmer in the Trough of Bowland provided him with organic milk which is batch pasteurised and as Bob says 'treated gently' to preserve the flavour. The day I was with Bob, a visiting Australian cheese maker travelling under a Churchill Scholarship was helping to make Lancashire cheese. Several students from Europe have been through High Head Farm Dairy.

The labels are a work of art designed by the Kitching family showing Leagram Hall with a garland of herbs. The Bowland Hen Harrier from the crest of the Trough of Bowland is in relief on the left and Leagram red squirrel holding a red rose. 'Come round and watch' is Bob's invitation to real cheese lovers and tourists.

Available from his dairy, at local specialist shops, including the organic health store in Longridge and to its credit, Booths supermarket.