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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 and...

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 years...

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 closure,...


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 of...

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