History

Yarg was first produced in the 1980s on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall by farmer Alan Gray, who was inspired by a 17th century recipe for nettle wrapped cheese he found in an attic,  One of the best known facts about Yarg is that its comes from the backward spelling of his name.

The Horrell family then bought the recipe, Catherine Mead joined the team and when the Horrells retired, a new state-of-the-art dairy was built at Ponsanooth, winning a coveted RIBA award. All production moved there in 2006.

Kern’s development began in 2010, with high profile awards coming through as early as 2013. 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 took won Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards. Yargs consistently win top awards at international level too – see the individual cheese pages for the detail.