The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
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Speciality & Gift ShopsVisitor Centers
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Speciality Cheese and Gift Shop in Cheddar Gorge open every day from 10:30am. Free cheese Taster Bar here too! Visitor Centre open between 11.30am and 3pm every day where you may watch our cheesemakers 'live'! £2.50 per adult, children free and no need to book. New for 2022 - VIP Private Cheesemaking Tours! See or website for more details. We are the only remaining cheese makers in the Village of Cheddar, Somerset, UK. Passionate to preserve and protect this world famous cheese.This exceptional team continue the tradition of hand-making unpasteurised cheddar cheese which they long-mature in cloth, the traditional way. With a Visitor Centre and a remarkable shop situated in the beautiful Cheddar Gorge itself, they welcome you to watch them make it, learn a little more about this heritage cheese and, of course, taste it!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Becouarn
    Reading, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local cheddar and process viewings
    What more do you want from a cheddar company! The staff were friendly with plenty of cheese samples to try before purchasing. The tour is unguided, but with videos and information on the walls to inform you of the process, while also being able to view the workers during this chess making process. The cheese is more going to be more expensive that if you were to buy from a major supplier but that's just the situation purchasing from local companies.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • fire-tower
    2,884 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There were quite a bit of cheese for visitors to try before buying
    Popped by the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company when we were in Cheddar. There were quite a bit of cheese for visitors to try before buying and there was a good selection of cheese for sale but we could not buy much as we were travelling. There were also some vintage equipment on display. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Cheddar.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • rogfromnewark
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly staff
    Nice experience to see some cheese making in action. Very reasonable priced and you get to see behind the scenes which was great to watch live. There is also a video of the whole process playing. Got to taste various cheeses afterwards and the friendly staff also bought out a few others as we talked about our preferences.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2024
  • Lindsay H
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely tour and tasting with Emma with interesting processes to watch and the most delicious flavourful cheese.
    Emma was a very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable tour guide. We were taken though the process from start to finish seeing the curd cutting and dipping (Luke made such a physical job look easy!) then went into the store area where we were able to see the different aging process. My husband was able to use the tasting iron to cut out a small section of cheese and it was interesting noting the difference in flavour meat to the rind compared to in the middle. The tasting afterwards was really delicious, and the smoked cheese is the only one I’ve ever liked as I normally find it over powering. We’d definitely recommend the VIP tour, such a lovely independent company.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
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NinaLouInnes
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My husband was interested in visiting here to find out more about this process, which is an increasingly popular subject when it comes to hobby classes. It really was interesting to see the cheesemaker pressing the cheeses when we visited (which appeared to be a good workout!) It was recommended that we give him a wave to make him smile, and he really did appreciate the interaction, which was really nice!
The staff in the shop were on hand to provide free tastings of the wide range of cheeses on offer; including Cornish Yarg. My husband enjoyed the chilli cheese!
All in all, a very reasonably-priced attraction to visit!
Written January 26, 2020
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Nina thank you! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit- and thanks for waving too!
Written January 27, 2020
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quslt
Wickford, UK209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I am really glad that we visited this shop and learned all about the cheese making process. The tickets costs £2.50 each and covers the whole day which is perfect as I now know that the cheese making process is not a quick one! You can watch each stage as it happens......no fast forwarding here! You can dip in and out, leave the area and pop back later to watch the next stage of the process. I found it very interesting and good value for money. There are interesting signs to read which explain each step in detail. The only annoying thing is the video in your ear playing on a loop. I wish I could have stayed longer to see the whole thing from start to finish.
The cheese maker interacted with us through a window but popped his head out for a chat when we found communication difficult through the glass.
The shop was very clean and offered tasters of the various cheeses. The staff here were very friendly and professional and are willing to describe the cheeses available.
I really enjoyed my visit here.
Written October 6, 2021
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Thank you very much for this lovely review Quslt. We're sorry about the video on loop though; this is a tricky one. During 2020 and up to June this year we opened our Visitor Centre by appointment only at set times. The feedback from these smaller more intimate groups was wonderful - so much so we have now launched our small VIP tours which are guided tours with much more one to one discussion about our cheese making. Th film will be part of these tours but will only play once! We're trying to ensure we cater for all guests and we feel these new options will suit those who want a bit more from their visit here.
Written November 2, 2021
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mr_traveller1986
Bristol, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I first came across the cheddar gorge cheese company when I visited the cadbury garden centre in congresbury the other year.

My goodness my socks were blown off and I was in some sort of cheese induced coma in the car park after the first bite It was delicious!!

visited Cadbury garden centre weekly there after to purchase several boxes at a time as I got my work colleagues and friends hooked too.

Planning on visiting the shop soon in cheddar Best start looking at hiring a 44 ton lorry to being these delicious straws back.

Amazing!!
Written March 4, 2020
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Ha Ha. We can't wait to see your 44 ton lorry pull up outside! Give us some warning to ensure we have enough in stock.. Thank you.
Written July 13, 2020
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rtl2
Machynlleth, UK521 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We are cheese connoisseurs and came here after recommendation from a local farmer for some cheese, as per the name of the shop we were expecting to be able to buy a range of cheeses here.

Our shopping list had the following cheeses on it
Manchego
Feta
Edam
Gouda
Brie
Double Gloucester
Stilton
Camembert
Dairylea Triangles
Cathedral City

The Cheddar Gorge cheese shop did not sell any of these. They only had unbranded cheddar. Who would want to buy that? Had to go to the local Sainsbury's who were able to meet our cheese requirements. A waste of a parking ticket!
Written July 5, 2020
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Dear RTL2, this review has been brought to our attention as we think you may have mistaken us for someone else. We are the only producers of cheddar in Cheddar and have won many awards for the quality of our cheese, which is unique! The name of our shop is The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company - The Only Cheddar Made in Cheddar. We don't sell, nor have ever sold, Continental Cheeses here, but we do ordinarily sell guest British Cheeses. We have never sold unbranded cheddar here either! We only sell our own. We make it here in our dairy, by hand and source our milk from one local farm. All our cheeses are made 'in the round', the traditional way and long-matured in cloth. We offer all our visitors the chance to taste our cheese before they buy, should they wish to, and we have recently completely revamped our shop to ensure this can be done safely of course. Our staff are exceptional! Warm, welcoming and knowledgeable and are here to describe our cheese range, explain how it's made and why it is so different from mass produced 'supermarket' cheddar. We don't supply supermarkets - despite being approached many times to do so. It is such a shame this mistake has occurred - we felt we ought to respond to your review since the low score awarded will have a detrimental affect on us which is simply unfair. Please do read our other reviews which we hope will offer you a better insight into what we strive to do here which, in essence is to protect and preserve excellent quality authentic cheddar cheese, in the village of Cheddar itself - the true home of this wonderful product. If we can help in any other way, chat further about your experience maybe, please do get in touch straight away - info@cheddar.ltd.
Written July 13, 2020
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john
Newquay, UK261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
popped in for a look around and ended up with 8 blocks of various types of cheese.
staff very welcoming and ready to offer you bite size pieces of cheese for you to sample.
As a cheese lover i could not resist trying all of them and thats why i ended up with a bag full afterwards
did not have time to go on the cheese tour but from what people were saying in the shop its well worth the small cost so will make time when i am there next.
Written December 2, 2021
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Thanks John from Newquay. Come back soon!
Written March 8, 2022
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apollo12
Macclesfield, UK692 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Great opportunity to try the different varieties of Cheddar cheese, including the ones that are matured within the caves. Great place to buy unique Cheddar rather than the mass produced supermarket stuff. You can pay an entry fee if you want to visit the cheese making factory.
Written May 16, 2022
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lmm10_12
London, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Before going to the shop we opted to take the cheesemaking tour which was very interesting and definitely worth the £2.50 it cost. We had never seen cheese being made before and it was fascinating. We were able to watch the process, saw a video and had a guide too.
Afterwards we went to the shop where we were able to try the various cheeses and of course buy some!
Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Written June 19, 2021
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Dive_Boy
Clacton-on-Sea, UK307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We were passing through the Cheddar Gorge on a sightseeing visit and stopped to visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company.

This is a small place that does tours of the cheese making, but alas it had to be booked in advance and we had no idea what time we would be arriving there.

The small shop has plenty of cheeses for you to sample, and some of them were very nice.

Once you have sampled the cheeses you can then buy some. There are individual cheeses and packs available. We ended up with roughly four different cheeses and a set that came with crackers and marmalade.

If you are going to stop at Cheddar then book youself onto the tour and have a look in the shop.

I would go back to Cheddar and I would do the tour next time.
Written September 26, 2020
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Hopefully next time you come the restrictions will be lifted and we won't have to pre book the Visitor Centre. Things are beginning to return to normal...
Written April 6, 2021
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Lisa H
Huddersfield, UK53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Very quick visit. Got to try 3 different cheeses which was good as I thought we may not be able to due to Covid measures. Still felt covid safe with distancing and hand sanitiser a must for everyone. Ended up spending a fortune on a large cave matured cheddar and small cheddar with port which we can't wait to eat! We were also given an insider tip by a local gent to buy the cheese straws - no idea how much they were but they are literally to die for and we wished I'd bought a lot more (although my waistline is probably thanking me for sticking to one pack)!!!
Written September 28, 2020
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Hi LIsa - yes the cheese straws ought to come with a warning: Delicious but dangerous! They so moreish! Thanks for your custom - you'll be very welcome to come back anytime! Glad to have reopened after Lockdown number 3 and hope that we all have a good summer as restrictions lift.
Written April 6, 2021
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Becouarn
Reading, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
What more do you want from a cheddar company!

The staff were friendly with plenty of cheese samples to try before purchasing. The tour is unguided, but with videos and information on the walls to inform you of the process, while also being able to view the workers during this chess making process.

The cheese is more going to be more expensive that if you were to buy from a major supplier but that's just the situation purchasing from local companies.
Written September 1, 2023
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