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The Cliffs
Cheddar
The Cliffs
Somerset
BS27 3QA

Tel: 01934 742810


Award Winning Authentic Cheddar Cheese
 
All our cheese is hand made using local, unpasteurised milk - remember, it’s the only Cheddar made in Cheddar!
 
See History in the Making

Follow us _on TwitterThere are many stories (some more believable than others) about how Cheddar cheese originally came into being, but some facts are not in doubt. The land around the village of Cheddar has been at the centre of England’s dairy industry since at least the 15th Century with the earliest references to Cheddar Cheese dating from 1170.

InstagramWith the absence of refrigeration or adequate transport the problem of what to do with surplus milk was solved by turning it into cheese. Cheesemakers discovered that if you pressed (squeezed out moisture with a heavy weight) the fresh curd, the cheese lasted much longer. This method of cheesemaking along with other refinements was perfected in the Cheddar area and so the first authentic Cheddar Cheese was born.
 

Today

The requirements of a truly authentic Cheddar cheese are:
 
  • It should be made from unpasteurised milk taken from cows grazing in the lush pastures surrounding Cheddar. The pastures influence the milk and the milk determines many of the key characteristics of the cheese

  • Made and cheddared by hand using the cheesemaker’s skill and experience rather than a mechanised process

  • Matured in cloth for up to 18 months to produce a rind and, more importantly, to allow the gradual change in texture of the cheese to take its effect on flavour development. This happens differently in vacuum matured cheese.
Here at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, we continue to make cheese in this way and are alone in keeping the traditional art of Cheddar making alive in the heart of the village of Cheddar.

Our cheese has won many prizes at the British Cheese Awards, The Royal Bath and West Show, Nantwich International Cheese Show, Frome Cheese Show and "BEST CHEDDAR IN SHOW" at The World Cheese Awards.
 

Some Cheddar Moments

King Henry II purchased 10240 lbs of Cheddar in 1170 at a farthing per lb

(that’s 4644 kg at a total cost of £10.67!)

When Charles I was on the throne, demand outweighed supply so much that you could only get Cheddar at the King’s court, and even then you had to pay before the cheese was made

Scott of the Antarctic took with him 3500 lbs (nearly 1600 kg) of Cheddar made in Cheddar on his famous expedition in 1901

Originally cheese had to be made within 30 miles of Wells Cathedral to be able to be called Cheddar

Queen Victoria was once presented with a drum of lovely Cheddar that weighed 11cwt (558kg), formed from the milk of over 700 cows.
 

 
Opening Times

We open 7 days a week from 10am and the cheese making is normally completed by around 3.15pm. Shop closing time varies according to the season; always open until 4.30pm, later in the summer. Our Visitor Centre and Shop is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Visitor Centre

We have a small Visitor Centre in Cheddar where you can watch us make, mature and pack our cheese. Child friendly, with lots of information and illustrations on the walls, we run a 20 minute long film which summarises the daily make process should you prefer not to stay for the 7 hours real time experience!

We produce our cheese by hand, in open vats using traditional methods. Watch our talented cheese makers transform a vat-full of local milk into a traditional, cloth-bound cylinder of cheese every day. Artisan cheddar cheese making is fascinating to watch, and where better than within the village of Cheddar - the birthplace of cheddar cheese.

Once you have watched the cheese being made, do wander into our shop to taste it. We have a wide range for you to try, from the young ’Mellow’ cheddar, more senior ’Mature’ and of course the venerable ’Vintage’ - depending how strong you like your cheese! The complex ’Cave Matured’ is available to try too - this is a truly exceptional cheddar cheese which we mature in the nearby natural Cheddar Caves, thanks to the generosity and encouragement of Lord Bath and The Longleat Estate who own the Caves.