Ann Dorward has been making ‘Scotland’s cheddar’ since the mid-eighties, reinvigorating a once-common 17th-century recipe for Dunlop cheese on West Clerkland Farm. She uses the milk from her own cows, and also has flocks of sheep and goats from which she makes Bonnet, a hard goats' cheese; the seasonal Paddy's Mile Stone and Ailsa Craig soft cheeses, named after the famous Firth of Clyde landmark; Clerkland Crowdie; Glazert, a mould-ripened soft goats' cheese, and Aiket, a camembert-style soft cows' milk cheese. All cheeses are vegetarian, and visitors are welcome to the farm to watch the cheese-making process – by appointment if you’d like a longer look round, or there’s a viewing window for those who just pop by. You can then buy it in the cheese shop or try it in the tearoom, where a ploughman's lunch centres on Ann's cheeses. Tea, coffee and cake is also served – including a carrot cake iced, of course, with the farm's own cheese.
Anne Dorward has been making her award-winning cheeses since 1989, reinvigorating a traditional 17th-century recipe for Dunlop cheese on her West Clerkland farm. Using milk from her own Ayrshire cows and a mixed herd of Sanans and Toganberg goats, Dorward produces a range of eight cheeses. Alongside the traditional Dunlop cheddar, currently in the final stages of PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status, she also makes Aiket, a Camembert-style soft cow’s milk cheese; Glazert, a soft goat’s cheese; Bonnet, a hard goat’s cheese, and Clerkland crowdie, a soft cow’s milk cheese – all in addition to two seasonal favourites, Paddy's Milestone and Ailsa Craig, named after the famous Firth of Clyde landmark. All the cheeses are vegetarian and can be bought in the farm shop or sampled in the rustic tearoom where a range of sandwiches and the ploughman's lunch showcase the farm’s main product. There’s also homemade soup, quiches and a selection of cakes on offer.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 21
- Open since: 1989
- BYOB: No charge. corkage
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