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“Brown's Cheese”

Brown's Cheese Factory & Farm
Ranked #12 of 127 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: If you love cheese, Brown's Cheese Tasting Room is for you. We offer a unique foodie experience, just west of Nairobi. Brown's has been making cheese in Kenya for over 30 years, and we now invite guests to come to our facility to see how cheese is made, sample several varieties, and enjoy a delicious lunch sourced entirely from our organic garden. A typical visit to Brown's starts with a welcome drink and snack, followed by a cheesemaking demonstration by your host. This is followed by a tour of our production facility, with the highlight visiting one of our cheese caves, and seeing thousands of cheese maturing using traditional methods. After the tour, we sit down for our cheese tasting. We know that traditionally the cheese course is served after the meal, but we're cheese people and believe it is best enjoyed with a blank palette and an empty stomach! We taste 8-10 of our handcrafted cheeses, along with homemade crackers, breads, chutneys, plus our carefully selected house wines. We finish with a seasonal light lunch, typically consisting of soups, salads, and flatbreads, followed by dessert and coffee. Kids will love exploring the garden and animals, and even milking a cow. Our tasting room is open Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays, but reservations are strictly required. Plan ahead, as Saturdays can be booked many weeks in advance. We look forward to introducing you to the wide variety of delicious cheeses crafted by Brown's.
Reviewed December 29, 2011

They are located in Tigoni and it is a lovely drive on Limuru road out of town but very close to the Village market, Gigiri (about 20 minutes up the hill). While it is interesting and their cheese is fantastic, I am not sure one comes to Kenya to visit a cheese factory?!

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Reviewed November 4, 2011

This business evolved many years ago, when the mother of the lady currently running the farm decided to try to make some cheese, because at that time, the number of varieties available in Nairobi was extremely limited. After a great deal of persistence, she perfected the technique and was soon being asked by friends and neighbours to make some for them as well. And the rest, of course, is history!

Now 17 types of cheese are made at the farm, and the production facilities (which are surprisingly compact!) can be viewed as part of a visit. Note: if you visit on a Sunday the factory will not be producing, but you are still able to see all the equipment and learn about the processes. Milk for the cheese is collected from local co-operative farmers. The farm also has some cows (and other animals) of its own, that you can also see if you wish after the meal has ended. There is also a fantastic vegetable garden - produce from which is used to make the meal included in the tour.

You can find out more about the farm and the two types of tour available at http://www.brownscheese.com/?lunches-at-the-farm,22

We took option 2 @2,500ksh per person - and highly recommend it! The web site advises that a minimum party of 4 or 6 is required, but as we didn't know anyone else in Nairobi we just emailed and asked if we could 'tag along' with another party, which was no problem at all.

On arrival, you will be offered refreshments and delicious home-made nibbles. We arrived a little early and really enjoyed sitting in the garden of the farm, watching the many birds. You may well be greeted by all of the 3 lovely dogs who also live at the farm! After the tour, the meal is served (with alcoholic/non-alcohic drinks of your choice) starting with a tasting of perhaps a dozen or so types of cheese made at the farm, served with delicious home-made chutneys. The couple who now run the farm are extremely friendly and informative, and they explain all about each cheese in turn. After this, a buffet is served including soup, salads, a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian main course, and finally a dessert - all beautifully presented, home-made and really tasty. It's worth going just for the lunch!

At the end of the visit you are given the opportunity to purchase cheeses produced at the farm, plus home-made crackers and other delicious nibbles. Most people left with a bag full! I think we were there for 4hrs in total. The whole experience was really pleasant and we met some really nice people whilst we were there. It's also a great reason to get out of the city and see some of the lovely Kenyan countryside. You 'll pass tea and coffee plantations on the way (map and directions are on their web site). Recommended!!

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