Another clutch of awards for our cheeses

The Great Yorkshire Show – one of Britain’s largest agricultural and food shows – has certainly been great for us this year. Our Wild Garlic Yarg has won the Best Specialist Cheesemakers’ trophy, which is a real tribute to the skill and knowledge of our team – it’s harder work than you might think, making excellent cheese, so these top awards are always very pleasing. The trophy is pretty smart too!

We also brought back two Golds and a Silver for our nettled Yarg and our Kern, so an all round pleasing result.


Please vote for us!

Cornish Yarg has reached the shortlist in the Best Hard Cheese category for the Great British Cheese Awards – how much further we get is up to you!

These awards, in conjunction with Peter’s Yard, set out to recognise, celebrate and reward the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheesemakers and retailers.  Yarg was amongst those shortlisted to receive the most nominations from the general public, which is something to be proud of in itself but it would be great to win, wouldn’t it?

Voting closes on August 12. Thank you!



Eating outdoors – a Cornish summer must

Here are our top tips for al fresco dining this summer:

  • Think fruit, think colour. Shred apple or pear into your coleslaw and try grilled peaches for a fantastic salad crumbled with Yarg
  • If melting Yarg into barbecue burgers (and with its low melting point, why wouldn’t you?), thinly slice the cheese before you start and pop on top of meat for last minute or so.
  • Mash crumbled Nettled Yarg, baby broad beans (cooked and popped out of their skins),  a little yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon – spread onto bruschetta
  • Lemons studded with cloves works as a natural insect repellent
  • Sturdy fruit and hard cheese are the best picnic choices – Kern, apples, bread. Who needs more?



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British Cheese Awards success

We are delighted to report that all three of our cheeses have won top recognition at the British Cheese Awards 2017. Both our nettle and wild garlic Yargs came home with golds and we are delighted that our new cheese Kern was awarded a silver in the competitive British Export category. As always, all credit to the team!

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Great wins at the Devon County Show and Taste of the West!

The agricultural show season is underway, and that for us is always a bit of a thrill. We get to exhibit our cheeses, and in some cases, sell them too. Meeting customers face-to-face provides great feedback for us, as do the comments from judges up and down the country. News from the Devon County Show got things off to a very pleasing start with great wins for all three of our cheeses:

  • Hard pressed cheese other than Cheddar – 2nd Prize for Cornish Kern
  • Single speciality cheese- 2nd Prize for Cornish Yarg
  • Cheese with additives – 1st Prize for Garlic Yarg

Not an agricultural show but just as important, the Taste of the West Awards have just  given  us Gold for both Yarg and Kern this year.  Another lovely boost for our skilled cheesemakers.

Now we look forward to the Royal Cornwall Show in the second week of June,and the marvellous one day Stithians Show in July – see you there!


Spring has sprung in Cornwall’s woodlands

We look forward to these few short weeks every year, when the ransom leaves – or wild garlic as they are more often known – spring into action in our woodlands. We start picking at the end of March and well into April to ensure we pick the greenest, healthiest and tastiest leave with which to wrap our truckles. The smell is heavenly – heady but never overpowering. The flavour they add to our Yargs is a gentle yet distinct one. Have you tried some yet?

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It’s all hands on deck for the full launch of Cornish Kern

We are excited about 2017. It is going to be the year in which many more of you can get your hands on our award winning new cheese Cornish Kern. Up until now, our stocks have been limited but we’ve been working hard and this spring should see a much wider availability. Hooray to all that!

When Lynher Dairies started making Cornish Yarg thirty years ago, not many across the Tamar had heard of it. Now of course, it’s a star of the artisanal British cheeseboard both at home and abroad, and it was from this standpoint that Lynher decided it was time to start developing a brand new cheese.

What’s now known as Cornish Kern is made in the same open vats as Yarg and, like Yarg, is pressed and brined. And there the similarity ends. Kern is coated in a protective black wax like rind and is matured for between 14 and 18 months, hence its longer journey to the marketplace. The resulting cheese is quite flaky and almost dry with a profound and nutty flavour. Deliberately quite different to the younger, curdier Yarg, Kern is more intense and what the World Cheese Award judges of 2016 deem worthy of the coveted ‘Supergold’  – in other words, one of the best 66 cheeses on the planet.

We can’t wait for you all to try it!


2016 shone brightly for Lynher Dairies

Well, that’s almost it for another year – time to tuck the last batch of new cheeses into their Christmas dormitories and put our feet up whilst nature does all the work.

2016 has been something of a golden year for us so here are just some of our baubles…

Our new cheese Cornish Kern won a much coveted Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards in Spain, making it one of the top 66 cheeses in the world (it also gained a Gold, let’s not be too blasé about that!)

Cornish Yarg and Wild Garlic Yarg both gained Golds at the British Cheese Awards. Then there was the Gold Champion Award for Wild Garlic at the Great Yorkshire Show. Not to be outdone, Cornish Yarg then earned the accolade of three Gold stars at the Great Taste Awards – and you can’t do better than that!

So, glittering prizes all round for our cheeses but in case it goes to their heads, we should point out that they wouldn’t even exist without our stellar team of cheesemakers – well done team, and enjoy the brief rest, there is work to be done in 2017!

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The Holly and the Nettle


Move over, ivy, it’s time for the nettle leaf to take centre stage. Cornish Yarg’s frosty good looks remind us of snow-dusted pines or a whole forest of Christmas trees. Or there’s the ransom leaf for another ivy-free option.  Vibrantly green and beautifully wrapped in aromatic ribbons of ransom leaves, our delicious Wild Garlic (Supergold winner at the World Cheese Awards 2015 no less) is reminiscent of the most enticing parcel under the tree.

Bring some colour to your cheeseboard by ordering on line for delivery on a chosen date (no later than Dec 21st please) and we will send by 1st class post a handsome 900gm truckle and product information cards to an address of your choice just £18.95.


Cornish Kern’s success story continues …

Amazing news from the World Cheese Awards 2016 in San Sebastien – Cornish Kern has won a Supergold, making it one of the top 66 cheeses IN THE WORLD. Hope you can hear our team pride and excitement in this announcement – we are thrilled!