Lynher Dairies is now based at Ponsanooth, a small village near Truro in Cornwall. It has been owned by Catherine Mead OBE since the early noughties and now produces four cheeses – Cornish Yarg, Wild Garlic Yarg, Cornish Kern and Stithians. As well known makers of artisan cheese in Britain, we were elevated to world famous status in 2017 when Kern won Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards 

Yarg got its name from a moment of inspiration. Bodmin Moor farmer Alan Gray first produced it in the 1980s after finding a 17th century recipe for nettle wrapped cheese in his attic. Spell Gray backwards and you have the answer as to how Yarg was named. You would be surprised how many times that snippet of information pops up in pub quizzes!

Our longer maturing cheese Kern  means round in Cornish and also happens to be the first four letters of Kernow, the Cornish for Cornwall. When choosing its name, we knew we wanted it to have four letters and for it to have the same strong sound that Yarg does, so we have much to thank the Cornish language for.

Cornish Kern cheese on racks in dairy.

Yarg got its name from the backward spelling of its creator but Kern means ’round’ in Cornish