Derbyshire's Oxford Blue cheese returns from Wales

Oxford Blue Cheese Oxford Blue cheese was originally produced at Hartington Creamery in Derbyshire

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Derbyshire's Oxford Blue cheese is to be made in Oxfordshire after a Welsh sojourn, thanks to a French baron.

Oxford Blue was developed in 1995 by Oxford Fine Food - now owned by Robert Pouget De Saint Victor - but is currently produced in Carmarthenshire.

Prior to that, the full fat creamy blue was produced at Hartington Creamery in Derbyshire until it closed in 2009.

Work has now started to convert a disused barn near the A40 in Burford, Oxfordshire, into a new dairy.

Baron Pouget had to overcome a waste issue to give the salty and tangy dairy delicacy a proper link to its name.

"We produce five tonnes of cheese per month which also means there are 50 tonnes of whey to dispose of, so we had to find a sustainable site in Oxfordshire," he said.

He added the company had also agreed to be supplied with milk from a herd of about 100 cows in Banbury. Previously milk had been used from outside the county.

The company hopes to develop a smokery, shop and cafe at Burford but the new dairy is expected to be in use by December.

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