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Fisher German interview Robert about our Creamery

Hartington Creamery by Fisher German Written by David Merton, Head of Rural Sector Hartington Creamery was established by the Duke of Devonshire in the 1870s and over the years has been synonymous with producing high-quality cheeses. After losing 80 per cent of sales at the start of the pandemic, the business was reshaped for the modern consumer and sales are now higher than pre-pandemic - with its artisan cheeses even attracting...

Emily Thornberry Visit To Hartignton

Meeting with Shadow Ministers of Trade

We had a productive meeting with the Shadow Ministers of Trade MP's Emily Thornberry, Shadow Minister for International Trade & Industry and Bill Esterson, Shadow Minister for Trade visited us for a meeting last week. It was refreshing to not only have MP's that listened and understood our total loss of the EU market since Brexit but ones willing to also to discuss practical solutions to help mend the situation. Since...

Hartington Stilton Vodka & Gin

The Worlds Only Stilton Whey Vodka and Gins!

Vodka & Gin made from the Cheesemaking Whey The new world-first Hartington Stilton Whey Vodka and the unique Hartington Peakland Dry and Peakland Pink Gins are available now! This unique spirit is the result of our collaboration with fellow artisan Derbyshire producer Cuckoostone Distillery.  Becky and Ade, founded and head up their micro-distillery based on Church Farm, Barlow. True to form they came up with the wacky concept of taking...

International Cheese Awards Winner

Gold for our Gold at the International Cheese Awards

The most prestigious Cheese awards ceremony in the world just awarded us a Gold for Devonshire Gold Blue Cheese and a Bronze for our Blue Stilton at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards 2021 We are incredibly proud of our achievement at this global event winning both a Gold and a Bronze award. This year after missing 2020 the show has moved for the first time in 98 years away from...

Derbyshire Life

Discovering the heart in Hartington Creamery

Meet the artisan cheesemakers at the only Derbyshire based, smallest Stilton producer in the world Words: Janine Sterland: Derbyshire Life Magazine September 2021 Behind the scenes: Through a tapestry of vivid green pastures and interlocking drystone walls, Hartington Creamery, Derbyshire’s only Stilton producer, is found in the most idyllic of settings. On the site of a Neolithic burial ground featuring the remains of a Roman road running through its farmyard and into...

Food Unwrapped Channel 4

Food Unwrapped Channel 4

How is Blue Cheese Made We were visited way back in October 2019 but due to Covid, the episode featuring our creamery has only just aired on Channel 4's new series of Food Unwrapped. The TV crew wanted to film a segment with their presenter Andi Oliver of Great British Menu fame, being shown our process of making our Stilton Cheese. Hartington Creamery is the only Stilton making using artisanal methods...

Great Hartington Fire 1929

The Great Fire at Hartington Creamery 1929

The Fire at Dove Dairy 1929 The original Hartington Creamery was known as the Dove Dairy and suffered two devastating fires during its 150-year history. The first fire struck under the ownership of our founder Duke of Devonshire, who built the first Creamery in 1870 and produced a crumbly white cheese using surplus tenant farmers milk. The fire of 1894 partially destroyed the Creamery, and it remained empty for six...

The Hartington Creamery – Dove Dairy History

The First Purpose-Built Cheese Factory in the Country - Dove Dairy 1876 The seventh Duke of Devonshire founded the Hartington Creamery as part of his Chatsworth Estate in 1876. Built on Mill Lane, Hartington, the Dove Dairy was the first purpose-built cheese factory in the country, it remained at the same site until 2009 when it was closed by competitors Long Clawson shortly after they purchased the business. Until its...


Ryan Gee Wins VCA Young Cheesemaker of the Year!

Wins with a Gold for Chocolate & Chilli & a Silver for Shropshire Blue Cheese We have been on a winning streak lately and at the Virtual Cheese Awards (VCA) we won three prestigious national awards for our cheese and our cheesemaker. Pictured here is our homegrown talent and a 4th generation Hartington cheesemaker Ryan Gee. He follows in the footsteps of his Great Grandfather, Grandparents, and his Uncles all...

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