Cornish Farmhouse Cheeses, Cornwall
John and Caryl Minson 'retired' to Cornwall in the late 1980's. Soon their small dairy farm was buzzing with activity. Always searching for a new challenge Caryl was one of the first to venture into artisan made cheese making. She has been a driving force in Cornish cheese over the years and supported a number of other makers as they set up and became established. Soon her own cheesemaking was so successful they had to decide between the herd or the cheese. They chose the cheese but continue to use Cornish milk for all but their buffalo cheese which is sourced from just across the border in Devon.
The Menallack dairy is small and compact and now beginning to show its age. The January shut down when all the staff clean and paint keeps it going from year to year.
Andrew, the chief cheese maker is busy making cheese every day and has two part timers who will soon become skilled cheesemakers in their own right. They have trouble keeping up with demand as the range of eighteen different cheeses is sold through their farm shop and at local markets as well as distributed to local restaurants and corner shops too. Jessie, the Business Manager, is constantly juggling demand to make ends meet. The team of staff at Menallack clearly enjoy their work and their passion for the product shines through!