More Cheese, Gromit?

More Cheese, Gromit?

 

At Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, North Yorkshire, it’s impossible to resist just one more bite of delicious crumbly cheese...

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the home of Wensleydale cheese offers a fantastic day out for the whole family with a visitor centre, cheese and gift shops and a restaurant.

As one of the nation’s favourite cheeses, Wensleydale of course needs no introduction. Its history however spans several centuries, forming an important part of Yorkshire’s heritage. The recipe is believed to have originated in the Roquefort region of fifteenth-century France, and brought to Yorkshire by Cisterian monks around 1150. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536-41, the recipe was sustained by local farmers, who have thankfully kept it alive ever since.

The Creamery at Hawes was built in 1897 by provisions merchant Edward Chapman, who began the industrial production of Wensleydale cheese. The cheese’s popularity secured the Creamery’s survival throughout the 1930s’ difficult commercial times and the rationing of WWII, and is now sold around the world.

To this day the Creamery continues to produce 4,000 tonnes of cheese every year using milk from local dairy farmers as well as the ancient recipes. This commitment to the region means that the Creamery employs 200 workers and contributes £12 million to the local economy.

In 2015 a brand-new visitor centre opened to the public, offering an interactive experience of everything from Wensleydale’s production to Wallace and Gromit’s cheese adventures. Here you can witness the art of cheese making and ask questions of the Creamery’s experts, watch cooking demonstrations and taste the delicious dishes, and stroll through a fascinating museum area. For little visitors, there’s a mini milk tanker just waiting to be driven, child-friendly explanations of the journey from cow to cheese and Wallace and Gromit videos, activities and games.

But for true cheese lovers, the real highlight of the Wensleydale Creamery experience is the cheese shop. Here you can find an enormous choice of cheeses from traditional Wensleydale to Fountains Gold, and everything in between. And better still, all are free to sample...it’s sorely tempting to stay there all day!

Take home with you Wensleydale with cranberries, apricots, ginger or champagne, Wensleydale blue cheese and creamy Wensleydale sheep’s milk cheese - the only difficulty is which to choose. The shop also stocks a large range of quality gifts and food hampers, perfect for a foodie’s upcoming birthday or just to treat yourself!

If you still have any room left after sampling the cheeses, visit the Creamery’s onsite eatery - Calvert’s Restaurant - for anything from a light bite to a hearty meal. Using locally sourced ingredients and Wensleydale Creamery produce to serve unique dishes and traditional Dales favourites such as Yorkshire rarebit and Black Sheep Ale-battered Wensleydale cheese, Calvert’s offers stylish dining with spectacular countryside views.

In 2015 a brand-new visitor centre opened to the public, offering an interactive experience of everything from Wensleydale’s production to Wallace and Gromit’s cheese adventures. Here you can witness the art of cheese making and ask questions of the Creamery’s experts, watch cooking demonstrations and taste the delicious dishes, and stroll through a fascinating museum area. For little visitors, there’s a mini milk tanker just waiting to be driven, child-friendly explanations of the journey from cow to cheese and Wallace and Gromit videos, activities and games.

So if a delicious day out in the Yorkshire Dales and gratuitous cheese consumption are your kind of thing, you can’t do better than visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

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