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Published September 21st 2016
Have a brie-lliant day at Wensleydale Creamery
If you're a fan of cheese and all things dairy, then the Wensleydale Creamery is the perfect day out for you. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the famous Wensleydale Creamery boasts magnificent views over the dales, where you can indulge in their finest cheeses. Most visitors are lured to the creamery by the unforgettable cheese tasting room. Guests can sample as much cheese as they wish and try over 20 different flavours… oh and did I mention that it's free!? A visit to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales will not be complete without a visit to the renowned Wensleydale Creamery.
After sampling as much cheese as you like and feeling pretty full up, you can then make your way to the museum and cheese making gallery. The cheese museum is £2.50pp and here you can learn how local farmers' wives once made cheese before 1987, when the first creamery was built in Hawes, Wensleydale. The museum has recently been newly refurbished and is a fascinating place to find out how Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has been made throughout the centuries. On display are real items of old cheese-making equipment, recreations of an old farmhouse kitchen and photo opportunities with the famous Wallace & Gromit.
The Wensleydale cheese-makers start making cheese very early in the morning and the art of cutting, stirring, pitching and salting can be viewed from the viewing gallery usually before 2pm. A top tip is to check in advance what time they are making cheese on the day that you are visiting to avoid disappointment. The viewing gallery is fascinating and gives you a great insight into how cheese is made as you watch the cheese-makers go about their day-to-day routine. On our visit, we phoned in advance and we were lucky enough to also book onto the cheese demonstration, which was £1 per person. After looking around the museum and the viewing gallery we made our way to the demonstration room where we were taught each stage of how cheese is made. The staff presenting the demonstration were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and even cracked a few cheesy jokes. I highly recommend the demonstration as you can learn the step by step process of how cheese is made at the factory.
The renowned 1897 Coffee Shop at the creamery is set overlooking the dales and serves many delicious dishes, all including different varieties of their famous cheese. We ordered a pesto, vegetable and goats cheese ciabatta along with cream tea and scones. The food was delicious, cooked to perfection and left us wanting more. The ingredients used tasted incredibly fresh as the creamery are dedicated to keeping things local, by using milk and produce only from local family-run farms. On a sunny day you can sit outside and enjoy your lunch, cream tea or even choose from a selection of their fancy ice-creams on offer.
For a full dining experience, you can alternatively eat at the Calvert's Restaurant where you can choose from a variety of home cooked meals. The Yorkshire Wensleydale Ploughman's and the Wensleydale and Ginger Cheesecake looked irresistible. A top tip is to visit Wensleydale Creamery with an empty stomach so that you can taste their large selection of cheeses and indulge at the café or restaurant after.
The Wensleydale Creamery is a fun-packed day for the whole family and a great place to soak up the remarkable views of the Yorkshire dales whilst enjoying its most famous product, Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.