Cheese Making Workshop

“Poets have hitherto been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese”  G K Chesterton

Last Saturday saw the 2nd cheese making workshop at Clavelshay Barn led by Sarah & Chris Styles-Power of Shebbear Cheese.  Last time Sarah taught the class alone, this time she brought her husband Chris to help keep the class in check.  Sarah and Chris are a great double act – the Morecombe & Wise of the cheese making world and soon had everyone at ease and hands on in the making process.

Shebbear Cheese


A lovely group of people – Annie, Sarah, Caroline, Viv, James, Lynda & Stephen  had a really enjoyable day learning the process of making cheese . The workshop certainly went with a swing, especially all enjoying the lunch with home-made soup, Shebbear cheese and wine. Annie’s rehearsal for her forthcoming village production had us all falling about with laughter. (Note to self – book Annie for every workshop/course as entertainment.)

Shebbear Cheese Shebbear Cheese

Despite the good humour, much was learnt and taken in by our willing students with Annie & Sarah keen to practise at home making their own Classey Valley cheese - can’t wait to try that.  All took home a cheese they had made – a soft feta type and a semi-soft one which needs to mature in the fridge before eating.

Stephen Barrett who was taking part in the course , runs a restaurant in Plymouth (Bistro One)and is also a journalist specialising in food and wine. He is writing an article on the cheese making workshop for the Western Morning News and it should appear within the next few weeks. Photographer Richard Austin took endless trouble taking shots for the article.


Everyone so enjoyed the day that they want another one – we will probably have one in May , when we will learn how to make  a blue cheese.

Thank you to everyone who took part , with special thanks of course to Sarah & Chris .