We started making cheese in 2002 on the family dairy farm when milk prices were 18p a litre!
The idea was to add value to our milk and create a job for myself on the farm. Norbury blue was our first creation inspired by a Minton wall plaque of a blue dairy maid in the 16th century buttery based at the farm.
At the time no one was making cheese commercially in Surrey and in fact still aren’t!
Artisan Trail Experiences at Norbury Park Farm include:
Enter the Dirty Vicar
Dirty vicar came later in 2007 named jokingly after the local vicar who married rather quickly after the passing of his wife. All in good jest he is very proud to have a cheese named after him!
Moving forward we needed to expand our maturing space, so in 2016 we put our footprint on a disused barn at Sherborne farm, Albury (next door to Silent Pool gin).
New Premises at Silent Pool
We finally moved into our new premises in November 2018. We now have a retail outlet so can add value by selling direct to the customer.
Going forward we have plans to make a hard cheese cheddar type which will be called Dorking cock (after the famous Dorking cockerel). Then we will have a whole Surrey cheeseboard!
We now buy our raw cows milk from Aldhurst farm in Capel who are now pasterising and selling to local farm shops. We pay the more than double what the dairy pay as this is our ethos to support the local dairy industry.
We are very happy in our new surroundings and pair up a lot with our neighbors Silent pool in many events which can be booked through their website.
See below for activities we can offer Artisan Trail customers
For tours, we include a ploughman’s lunch with:-
- our own salad
- Norbury cheese
- Chalk Hills bakery bread
- Loosely cakes
- Jam Packed preserves
- Ale chutney made with Tillingbourne beer
- chilli jam
We also serve tea and coffee along with a ploughmans lunch or cheese platter in our courtyard from Thursday to Sunday. Please call to book to avoid disappointmentVisit Website