History

Yarg got its name in a moment of inspiration when Bodmin Moor farmer Alan Gray first produced it in the 1980s. His inspiration came from a 17th century recipe for nettle wrapped cheese he found in his attic. Spell Gray backwards and you have cracked the code as to how our cheese was named. A simple, original and fun solution as to the naming of a new cheese, not to mention the answer to one of the most popular pub quiz questions of all time (how Yarg got its name was even once mentioned on University Challenge). Our latest cheese, Kern, means ’round’ in Cornish, also being the first four letters of Kernow, the Cornish for Cornwall.

Lynher Dairies, now owned by Catherine Mead, moved west at the start of the 21st century to a new state-of-the-art dairy near ar Truro. We created Wild Garlic Yarg and Stithians cheeses, with┬áKern’s development starting in 2010. A dairy extension to store this long maturing cheese was opened in 2017.

Lynher Dairies is now one of the most successful makers of artisan cheese in Britain, elevated to world famous status in 2017 when Kern won Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards. Both Yargs consistently win top awards at international level too.