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Wensleydale Creamery (Hawes)

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Museum & Cheese Making Factory. Gayle Lane, Hawes, north Yorkshire, DL8 3RN. tel = 01969 667664. Fax: 01969 667638. email: creamery@wensleydale.co.uk

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      04.06.2002 17:10
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      Crikey, you lot will read bloody anything... SLIGHTLY LIGHT HEARTED OPINION ON WENSLEYDALE WITH CRANBERRIES FOLLOWS - NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.... REAL OP ON WENSLEYDALE CREAMERY AT THE BOTTOM... "Pardon me boys, but was that the crap cheese you chew chewed?" For the faint hearted or queasy stomached amongst you, a bit of advice .... STOP READING NOW!!! Can you believe anything more likely to impact negatively on your ability to keep food down where it belongs than a slab of cheese which has been destroyed by sticking unpleasant stuff in it? Cottage cheese with pineapples, chives, onions, sweetcorn, orange, even vanilla, are bad enough, but just the thought of cheese (especially Wensleydale) containing cranberries ... well, it's enough to fair get your gastric bits churning, ain't it? And in classic style, Ciao has seen fit to stick this suggestion up, and not only that, but under the cheese (cheddar) section too - is this bad taste day or what? Well, at least with the Bank Holiday there won't be too many people rushing to read this and ruin their few nice days off... Checking out the magnificent Google for wenselydale with cranberries brought up "Did you mean: wensleydale with cranberries" (silly me), and clicking yes increased my hits from a single solitary one (the dyslexic's guide, I suppose) to an astonishing 260. Refining the search by adding in the inverted quotes so I got the exact results I was looking for, still got me 143 ... BLIMEY!!! First on the list - the Wensleydale site at http://www.wensleydale.co.uk/herbs.htm - promised "Try this combination - Traditional Wensleydale cheese with plump, juicy cranberries. An innovative complement of flavours and a superb visual experience." There was even a link to its own page - http://www.wensleydale.co.uk/cranberry.htm "An or
      iginal creation, Hawes Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries displays an innovative combination of flavours and dramatic visual impact. The natural wholesome goodness, rich in vitamins, of this delicious creamy-white cheese, with its flaky open texture, fresh clean flavour and honeyed-after taste is only enhanced by the delicate fruity succulence of pure sweet Cranberries. "A superb dessert cheese, perfectly complements a range of medium sweet white wines and light fruity reds. "Health conscious discerning food lovers demand quality natural products from their place of origin. Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a designated Environmentally Sensitive Area, where the use of artificial chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen is restricted, are many small non-intensive farms. Cows graze sweet limestone meadows rich in herbs. It is this herbage that gives the milk and hence the cheese its special Dales flavour. Hawes Creamery, the only one in Wensleydale with this unique source, hand makes, to time honoured traditional recipe the only true Wensleydale Cheese in the World. "Whilst Wensleydale cheese has been made in the Dale for over a thousand years it was only recently that, (despite Cranberries formerly being another local product), the two were united to create inestimable satisfaction. The deep sun ripened fruit, whose health giving properties have been well documented, provides the perfect partner." FRUITY SUCCULENCE???? This stuff sounds not like any cheese I have ever known, but more a sick maker's delight... "deep sun ripened fruit"? ... the script writer must have fair taken leave of his senses, or it's an April Fool joke ... nope, they're serious... When I eventually pick myself up from the floor, I content myself with the safe and sound knowledge that this is one thing Mrs D is never going to buy for me, after all she kno
      ws she gets a quick back hander for anything the slightest bit exotic - chips man, me, remember. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OK, real bit... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wensleydale Creamery - http://www.wensleydale.co.uk/ Wensleydale Dairy Products Ltd., Gayle Lane, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3RN Telephone 01969 667664 Fax: 01969 667638 creamery@wensleydale.co.uk In the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales Visitors Centre . Viewing Gallery . Shop . Cheese Tasting Food Hall . Free Parking . Crikey they even feature Wallace and Gromit on the page! If you're into cheese then you'll like the place, if you don't then you won't - simple really... Chorus of boos and cat calls, as dave27 exits the building having annoyed the mass hordes of Dooyooers everywhere ... wonder how many will read down to this point and recognise that it's a jape, a wheeze, a prank, to test out whether people actually read this stuff ... if you have then tell me about my revolting carrots ... I once tried this test out on Ciao, and was amazed by the results. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wensleydale Creamery is a good place to visit, offering an excellent day out for the whole family - visitors centre, restaurant and museum. RECOMMENDED

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        25.09.2001 19:44
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        In 1150 a monastery was built at Fors, four miles from Hawes, but some years later the monks moved, because of hostile natives to Jervaulx in Lower Wensleydale. These French Cistercian monks brought with them their special recipe for the making of cheese, which continued to be produced at Jervaulx until the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. From that time the art of cheese making which the monks had developed was passed to local farmers' wives who, for more than three hundred years, produced the cheese in their own farmhouses. In 1897 Mr Edward Chapman, a corn and provisions merchant of Hawes, began to purchase milk from surrounding farms to use for the manufacture of Wensleydale cheese on a larger scale. The industrial depression of the 1930s made trading conditions difficult and Mr Chapman's dairy was facing closure The Wensleydale farmers were offered contracts by the Milk Marketing Board to take dales milk to a national dairy miles away. The farmers were adamant that the Hawes dairy should continue, and they found a leader of their cause in Kit Calvert. In 1935 Kit Calvert called a meeting and gathered enough support to rescue the dairy. In 1966 the Milk Marketing Board recognised the potential and purchased Wensleydale Creamery. In May 1992 Dairy Crest, a subsidiary of the Milk Marketing Board, closed the Hawes creamery, the only one in the dale, and transferred production of Wensleydale cheese to Lancashire! The ex-managers took up the fight and, against the odds, eventually persuaded the owners to sell the creamery to them. A buy-out was agreed in November 1992 and the rest as they say is history. Today visitors can peruse the Creamery at their leisure, sampling the local produce as they go. Although the creamery is not very big there is enough going on to keep you amused for a few hours and there is also a restaurant, café and shop where you can purchase what you have seen being made. <br> THE MUSEUM The museum portrays the history of the Wensleydale cheese, way back to its humble beginnings. You can also choose to watch a video which goes in-depth into the processes involved in the production of the cheese. THE VIEWING GALLERY This centre opened in July 1994 and here you can watch milk being converted into cheese. Because this is a traditional cheese room – everything is done by hand and is fascinating to see how the cheeses are individually made, moulded and then wrapped in muslin, the same way it would have been done centuries ago. Please note though that they only make the cheese between 10.00am and 3.00pm. THE RESTAURANT The restaurant is what was formerly the butter making room and is now a large and relaxing place to eat. The restaurant is fully licensed and serves a good selection of meals, snacks and drinks for the whole family. Special diets are catered for and so are the children. It offers a waitress service and some good old fashioned hospitality. It can seat up to 120. COFFEE SHOP A good range of hot and cold drinks as well as snacks are available here. The hot chocolate I must add is heaven on earth here, as is the locally produced ice-cream. THE CHEESE SHOP Offers a good range of quality cheeses for you to purchase with many of the items being suitable for giving as gifts. Here you can sample Wensleydale cheese in all it’s various forms for yourself before you decide to purchase. They also sell a range of books, badges, pencils etc.. HOW TO GET THERE The Creamery is situated just off the A684 about a mile away from Hawes and is well signposted. OPENING TIMES Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm Open every day except Christmas Day. ADMISSION CHARGES Adults £2.00 Children £1.50 (under 16s) Family Ticket £6.50 (2 adults and up
        to 3 children) PARKING There is ample free parking. MORE INFORMATION Wensleydale Dairy Products Wensleydale Creamery Gayle Lane Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3RN Telephone: 01969 667664 Fax: 01969 667638 E-mail: creamery@wensleydale.co.uk Website: www.wensleydale.co.uk I have to say that although the Creamery is a wonderfully interesting place to visit, don't expect to be able to fill in the whole day here. There is enough to see and do however and the best thing is the staff - they really do have an enormous sense of pride in their work and this shows through in their attitude towards visitors. Children are especially catered for, for example my daughter who was only 5 years old at the time, could not see very well in the viewing gallery but before I knew it a kind member of staff had fetched along a stool for her to stand on and ushered her to the front so that she had a prime viewing position. Not many other places would be this considerate and because of small touches such as this, we will definately be visiting again.

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