There is a saying in farming that you ‘get big, get different or get out’. Farming is no longer an industry where you can plough on as you always have. We decided to get different.
My grandfather started our dairy in 1950 and it converted to being organic in 2001. It felt like a crying shame that this beautiful organic milk was being hauled away and mixed with the milk of many other farms before it was dispersed into the market. We thought that the animals, and their milk, deserved greater appreciation and so we set about creating Nettlebed Creamery.
I founded the business in 2015 and it has since won many awards, including Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards, and Best Organic Cheese and Best Soft White at the British Cheese Awards. I received the Sue Ryder Women of the Year Achievement Award for Best Business in 2020. As well as our three cheeses, Bix, Highmoor and Witheridge, we also sell unhomogenised organic milk, organic kefir and cultured butter.
We are very proud of the partnerships we have with the local community, notably with Style Acre, a charity providing support for young people with learning disabilities, and HMP Huntercombe. As part of their rehabilitation programme of appropriate candidates, we provide employment for up to three offenders.
Good food, beautiful countryside and respect for people underpin everything we do. We really hope you enjoy our products.
Patrick Heathcoat Amory
Head of Production
We started making cheese in 2015. We are now a ten-strong team: four cheesemakers, two warehouse managers, three in the office, and one expert milkman.
Milk Transport Manager