BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
BBC Cornwall Attractions BBC Cornwall Attractions
BBC Cornwall Attractions

BBC Homepage
England
»

Cornwall
News
Election
Sport
Travel
Weather
Webcams
Uncovered
Extreme Sports
Surfing
Photos
Lifestyle
Clubbing
Music
Film
Art
Theatre
Blast
Faith
Voices
Attractions
Alex Parks
Video Nation
Junior Football
Message Board
Wallpapers
BBC Local Radio
Site Map

Cornwall
Connected

 

Contact Us



Discover Yarg Cheese
Making Yarg Cheese
Yarg Cheese is made near Bodmin Moor

The famous Yarg Cheese is sold throughout the world but is produced on a farm near Bodmin Moor.

During the summer months visitors can enjoy a tour of the farm and a tasting session!

SEE ALSO

Voices in Cornwall
Meet characters on Bodmin Moor, enjoy Cornish recipes and audio.

WEB LINKS

Lynher Dairies
Visit the dairies own website to discover more about the workings and the cheeses.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

PRINT THIS PAGE
View a printable version of this page.

Netherton Farm in the beautiful Lynher Valley is where the world famous Cornish Yarg cheese is produced.

The cheese has never been manufactured on a mass scale, yet it has fans all over the world.

Today the farm also opens its doors for people to see how Cornish Yarg and its sister soft cheeses are made.

Holstein Cows at Lynher Dairies
Holstein cows provide the milk for the cheeses

"The farm and dairy go back as far as 1905," explains Emma Johnson, Marketing Manager at Lynher Dairies.

The farm owners stumbled across the recipe for Yarg when they met the Grays.

"Cornish Yarg came to us from Allan and Jenny Gray," says Emma.

"They had a recipe for a special cheese that dates back to the 13th century. We had a redundant farm building so we acquired funding and started making and retailing Yarg cheese."

Cows are milked twice a day
Milking Parlour at Lynher

But what does Yarg mean?

Many believe it is an old word to go alongside the historic recipe for the cheese. However the name has a modern twist.

"We just reversed the Grays name to give the cheese its identity. It is amazing how many people think Yarg is a Cornish word!"

The cheese is produced solely in Cornwall by Lynher Dairies but it has fans all over the world.

"Cornish Yarg has now gone as far afield as Japan and Australia. It was also on the inaugural flight of Concorde," smiles Emma.

"We get visitors from all over the world who come to a small working farm to see how the cheese is made."

Yarg Cheese is covered with the nettles
The famous nettles are painted on to the cheese

As well as the unusual name, the cheese is instantly familiar from its unique coating.

"Traditionally in the past cheese products had to be wrapped in something to keep it fresh," explains Emma.

"The nettles were not originally put on for flavour purposes they were placed on the cheese as a preservative. Today you end up with a cheese that is a really delicate with an almost mushroom flavour."

Visitors to the Lynher Dairies are able to watch the cheeses being made. A popular part of the tour is the cheese tasting!

The farm also produces:

Cornish Tiskey with its sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, basil and garlic.

Cornish Garland with srping onion, oregano and thyme.

Cornish Wild Garlic Yarg which is covered with wild garlic leaves.

As well as a selection of Cornish Soft Cheeses made with peppers, garlic, tarragon and more.

From the A30 and A38 follow the B3254. The Dairy is situated between Launceston and Liskeard. Look out for the sign at Upton Cross. There is plenty of free parking and wheel chair access.

line
Top | Attractions Index | Home
Also in this section
Music
Read the latest music reviews

David White's mini site

Calling all unsigned acts
News Film link Message Board Contact Us
BBC Cornwall
Phoenix Wharf, Truro, Cornwall
TR1 1UA
01872 275421
cornwall@bbc.co.uk



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy