As a lover of great things, it only seem fitting that one day I would have the privilege of owning my own Artisan Cheese factory. We are now based in the glorious Reeth Dales in North Yorkshire, where we produce Yorkshire cheese whilst also offering cheese making courses, however there has been a long journey to get to this point in our Cheese making history.
This is where the whole story began, as Laceys Cheese was created in 2007 by Mr Simon Lacey. Simon invested a lot of money into his new business and already was very skilled and knowledgeable in the cheese making industry.
In 2008, Laceys Cheese were approached by The Station in Richmond, an old railway station which had been converted into a hub for local producers, including a restaurant and cinema, which was managed by the Richmondshire building preservation trust. We moved in to the biggest unit available, converting it into both a factory and shop; a place to both make and sell our products.
2008 – 2010
Between 2008 and 2010, Laceys Cheese supplied a variety of their cheeses to numerous Sainsburys in the north of England. This was a great opportunity for Laceys as it meant that they could get their name out to a wider audience of people very early on in their history!
In 2010, Simon was approached by the one and only Gordon Ramsey for an amazing opportunity to do some filming for his Television show – “The F-Word”. He spent a day making cheese (and whey lemonade!) with Janet Street-Porter, and also was invited to Gordon Ramsey’s very own restaurant where Simon was featured on TV!
Simon’s TV stardom continues! Simon was invited to work with famous Australian chef, Bill Granger. They spent a day cheesemaking at the cheese factory, where they made bubblegum and popping candy flavoured cheese! Simon and his wife Amanda were also invited to an intimate dinner party hosted by Bill, where he used our cheese in soufflé. This was all broadcasted in episode 7 of ‘Bills Tasty Weekends’ which can be seen on youtube here!
2014 saw the start of what has become a massive part of our company today: Our Cheese making Courses. Our first course was held in our factory in Richmond where we had just two people on the course. Today, we regularly do groups of between 6 and 10 people, and host these days in our factory in beautiful Reeth. Find more information about our cheese making courses here.
In December 2015 we had another big step as a business, as we relocated to our unit in Reeth in order to be able to expand our cheese making courses. This has proven to be a great decision for us, as already in 2019 we have had over 400 people on cheese making courses! This move has allowed us to have more room to host more people on the courses and even expand our business to create different types of products; watch this space…
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