Appleby Creamery is based in the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in the Eden Valley which can boast a history of cheese making recorded over 5 centuries.
Born & bred old ‘Applebians’ & expert cheese makers Maurice Walton, Alan Mandle & Bob Parmley who together boast over 80 years’ experience, combined their knowledge in producing 14 varieties of handmade cheese and in doing so have transferred much of this expertise to Tom Jackson who is now Head cheese-maker. Using traditional recipes from the region & utilising the highest quality Ayrshire cows milk, along with sheep & goats milk which graze the herbaceous north western hills & fells of Cumbria.
The trio came together in 2007 with a view to utilise the yield of the small traditional dairy herds which survive in the remote uplands and with which the fragile rural economy and communities still depend.
All the milk is sourced directly, fresh from the farm. Pasteurisation is in-house maintaining the individual batches and the consistency of the cheese. A vegetarian rennet is used throughout all the range in the separation of the curd so not to discriminate the consumer.
The distinctive cheeses have together accumulated over 20 nationally recognised industry accolades, 6 being Gold as well as Appleby Creamery being named ‘Best Producer’, in the prestigious ‘Taste Cumbria’ awards.