Lyburn Farm makes a variety of different hand made cheeses, which are sold in Chilbolton Stores. All of which are made from their own cows milk. Although they are pressed, these artisan cheeses are not that close to cheddar cheese. They are, in general, a softer and a more continental type of cheese, with the exeption of Old Winchester and Old Smales. The Cheeses, are all made on the farm using vegetarian rennet.
Comes in a 4.5 kg round, 9 inches across. It is ripened for about 10- 14 weeks, and has a creamy smooth texture with very small holes, eyes,to be seen evenly distributed throughout. In terms of a make, it is a washed curd cheese. Although technically it is a hard cheese, because it has been pressed, it is generally described as semi- hard.
Lyburn’s Winchester is matured on to 7/8 months. This cheese still has an element of creaminess to it with a subtle nuttiness in flavour, with a little scrunch closer to the rind.
The Lyburn’s Winchester is consistently getting results in the competitions and and at the World Cheese Awards 2009 won another Bronze, to give Lyburn Cheese 2 Gold and 4 Bronze in the last 6 years.
Also known as Old Smales, Old Winchester is, an older version of Winchester, above. This is now a much dryer and harder cheese, becoming more reminicent of an Old Amsterdam with a distinctive nuttiness in flavour. Because Old Winchester is made with a vegetarian rennet, on a number of occasions it is a vegetarian replacement for a hard Italian cheese, and yet can still be used as a table cheese, it has that bit more versatility. These are sold at about 16 month plus.
Entering the New Cheese Class in the British Cheese Awards for the first time in 2005 year, the cheese won a Bronze. In 2006 a stunning result, Old Winchester, initially took Gold, then went on to win the Best Modern British Cheese class, and ended up as one of several runners up to Tunworth, in the Supreme Championship.
Stoney Cross is the new offering from Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers.The cheese comes as a 1.3Kg truckle or a 3kg wheel, mould ripened, not dissimilar to a French Tomme De Savoie. Creamy in texture, sweet flavours, with a distinctly earthy finish. This cheese has already earned at Bronze medal at the British Cheese Awards and a silver at the World Cheese Awards despite its relative infancy. Chilbolton Stores was one of the first shops to stock this delicious cheese..
Stoney Cross received a second at the Great Yokshire Show, and the Gold at Nantwich with this cheese.To finish off the 2009 season a Bronze at the British Cheese Awards and a Silver at the World Cheese Awards.