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We believe that goodness comes from the ground

At our dairy in Stonegate, East Sussex, we craft a selection of award winning handmade cheeses using raw milk from sustainable family farms within the home counties.

 
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About us —

 

We are the Dyball’s, Becky, Cliff, and Julie, we are incredibly passionate about good food and farming; we make a selection of award winning handmade cheeses crafted out of raw milk which comes from sustainable family farms within the home counties. Traditional farming methods are embraced, the land and hedgerows nurtured, encouraging a unique ecosystem, working in harmony with the farmers. Our family and the farmers we work with are huge grazing advocates, the animals freedom, health and quality of life is paramount; it's the heart and soul of our business, and we believe, the future health of our fellow humans and our planet. 

We are Vegetarian Society accredited, and have also received  The Compassion In World Farming Good Dairy Commendation and Sussex Food Producer of the Year 2016. Over the years, we have consistently won British and World Cheese Award medals.

 
 
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Our Cheeses —

 
 

We craft a selection of handmade cheeses using raw milk that are all are suitable for vegetarians. Flavours vary slightly across the seasons due to the changing diet of the animals. Cheeses made from spring and summer milk tend to be quite floral and grassy, while winter cheeses you’ll notice they’re more savoury. Each is unique, the joy of raw milk! 

 
 
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Burwash Rose —

Burwash Rose is a semi-soft cheese. Washed in English rose water, it’s creamy and sticky,  with wonderfully pungent aroma – the perfect balance of notes, a true melt in the mouth cheese.

Milk type: Raw cows milk from Kingcott Dairy

Maturation Period: 6-8 weeks Weight and shape: Cylindrical, 500g small - 1.5kg large

Weight and shape: Cylindrical, 500g small - 1.5kg large

Cheese dimension: Small 5ins diameter - Large 9ins diameter

How to Enjoy: Chilli Jam, and toasted Sourdough. Delicious baked in the oven!

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Goodweald Smoked —

Our Goodweald Smoked is a hard farmhouse cheese that has been naturally smoked over oak chippings by the award winning Weald smokery.  Creating a rich, full bodied and pleasant toasted aroma.

Milk type: Raw cows milk from Kingcott Dairy

Maturation Period: Four months

Weight and shape: Half Moon, 2kg to 2.4kg

Cheese dimension: Height 3.5ins Width 9.5ins, half moon

How to Enjoy: Delicious with raisin bread. Makes a superb smoky macaroni cheese, served with a watercress salad

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Lord of the Hundreds —

Lords is a hard, naturally rinded, complex cheese, fabulously savoury, yet its flavour hints at caramelised hazelnuts, along with fresh grassy notes. 

Milk type: Raw ewes milk from Boydells Dairy

Maturation Period: Eight to ten months

Weight and shape: Square 4kgs

Cheese dimension: Height 4ins Width 7ins

How to Enjoy: Lovely with charcoal biscuits, quince jelly and pears too. Lords was featured in the ‘Rare Breeds Society’ cookbook and many chefs use it as an alternative to Parmesan.

 
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Broadoak Cheddar —

A traditionally made double muslined cheddar. With the correct balance of acidity, it has a clean and sharp-edged flavour, with hints of sweet hay and a slight crunch, perfectly crumbly, strong, yet creamy.

Milk Type: Raw cows milk from Kingcott Dairy

Maturation Period: 12 months

Weight and shape: Cylindrical, 10kg to 14kg

Cheese dimension: 13ins diameter 

How to Enjoy: simple: pickled walnuts, crusty bread, cultured butter!

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Scrumpy Sussex —

Scrumpy Sussex is a hard un-rinded buttery rich cheddar type cheese. We combine garlic, cider and herbs with the curd, enabling them to infuse their distinctive zingy flavours.

Milk type: Raw cows milk from Kingcott Dairy

Maturation Period: Four months

Weight and shape: Half Moon, 2kg to 2.4kg 

Cheese dimension: Height 3.5ins width 9.5ins, half moon

How to Enjoy: Makes the BEST cheese on toast 

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Stonegate —

Stonegate is a fresh goats cheese, delicate and creamy with a slightly zesty essence. The raw milk comes from Debbies delightful herd of pedigree British Toggenburgs goats, discover more about Ellies Dairy here http://elliesdairy.blogspot.co.uk/

Milk type: raw goats milk from Ellies Dairy

Maturation Period: Fresh

Size: 200g log

How to Enjoy: Chefs love it for cooking, children love it with coulis, soft fruit and shortbread, also adds an interesting twist to a traditional cucumber sandwich

 
 
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Olde Sussex —

Olde Sussex has an open and bouncy texture. This cheese is wonderfully deep, rich and creamy, with a superb tang. 

Milk type: Raw cows milk from Kingcott Dairy

Maturation Period: Four to six months

Weight and shape: Cylindrical, 4kg to 4.4kg in weight, 

Cheese dimension: Height 3.5ins width 9.5ins 

How to Enjoy: a true ploughmans cheese 

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Battenhurst —

Battenhurst is a hard, crumbly and salty cheese. Its savoury, sharp and tangy, with a lovely full strength flavour.

Milk type: raw ewes milk from Boydells Dairy Farm 

Maturation Period: One year plus

Weight and shape: varies

How to Enjoy:  with big fat green olives or roasted alongside seasonal vegetables and rosemary, also makes a great tart

 

 
 
 

Meet the lovely families we work with

 

The farmers we work with select strong healthy bloodlines for breeding their animals. All creatures are stocky sturdy beasts, they're bred for good feet, frame, udder strength and a gentle nature. Due to the way they’re fed, being mainly grass, and passion for their welfare each herd produces less milk than most. Needless to say, they live a much longer, fulfilling life of freedom, in a calm and nurturing environment.

 
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Bespoke Cheeses

 
 

Our handmade truckles can be stacked on top of one another and decocted to create a beautiful tiered cake.

 
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Location —

The Old Factory Buildings

Battenhurst Road

Stonegate

East Sussex

TN5 7DU

 

Opening hours  —

Tue – Thu, 8 am – 10 pm
Fri – Sun, 8 am – 11 pm

 

Contact  —

(01580) 201610
info@traditionalcheesedairy.co.uk