High Weald Dairy News


High Weald Dairy Invites You To Our Mini Christmas Cheese Fest 2017!



 Saturday 16th December and Sunday 17th December, 10am to 2pm

In the Cheese Barn on Tremains Farm.

With Cheese to try, mulled Cider and Apple juice to share.

Make up your own hampers with our cheese, Cider, Apple Juice from Black Pig Orchards and Chutneys and Jellies from Ouse Valley.  These we can send out for you by Courier to Friends and Relatives further afield.

We also have Cheese Course Vouchers. What better gift for the lover of cheese?

And you can even see where the cheese is matured.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

  The Cheese Barn, High Weald Dairy, Tremains Farm, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7EA                        Tel; 01825 791636



 High Weald Dairy joins the South Downs Food Network. 

 High Weald Dairy recently joined a website designed to help the public and other producers, retailers and event holders, communicate and work together. The portal is a great directory for many shops, producers and even markets and other food-related events.

With the help of, High Weald Dairy is now even easier to find. You can fi,nd us there at  High Weald Dairy SDFF and the whole directory at South Downs Food












High Weald Dairy further improves its renewable energy credentials! 

The latest acquisition at the Dairy has been a new boiler fed only by locally sourced wood. The sheer efficiency of it is great, so much so, we can run our factory's heating and hot water on an average of only 10 large logs per day! 

In other news, our Cheese Courses are still as popular as ever but there are still spaces available. You are more than welcome to contact us and enquire for further details.















We are Delighted to announce more Awards in recent months

Here at High Weald Dairy we are delighted to announce more awards in recent months, congratulations and a huge well done to our team of talented Cheesemakers.


International Cheeses Awards 2014

Brighton Blue - Silver

Sister Sarah - Silver

British cheese Awards

Smoked Ashdown Forester -Gold

Ashdown Forester - silver

Saint Giles - Bronze

The Moo Man is coming.......

Media - Image


to a Cinema near you...


Well worth a visit to the Cinema



Our Sussex Slipcote soft cheese with Herb & Garlic and our Organic Halloumi are available delivered to your home via ABEL & COLE Home delivery;

Have a look at the short video to hear Marks favourite cheesy joke!



Checkout a 6 minute Video of the occasion (fast forward to 4min 50 secs if you are short of time!)


Sussex Food Producer of the Year 


High Weald Dairy are delighted to announce that they have won the presigious accolade of being named  the Sussex Food Producer of the Year for the second Year running.


The award was presented to Mark and Sarah by Sally Gunnell OBE and Phil Ponsonby of the Southern Co-op at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards held at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton on Thursday 31st January 2013.


The Sussex Food and Drink Awards are the only awards that highlight, recognise and support British Farmers and Producers and the Businesses which sell and promote their produce.


For details of the awards and other winners CLICK HERE



Checkout a 6 minute Video of the occasion (fast forward to 4min 50 secs if you are short of time!)


2013 New Years Honours List.


George Butler MBE;

Dairy Farmer George Butler of Tremains Farm, Horsted Keynes has been included in the New Year Honours list alongside Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and actor Ewan McGregor.


Georges' cows produce the lovely milk from which High Weald Dairy make their delicious range of cows milk cheeses.


George receives his MBE in recognition for his services to agriculture and charity.





HIGH WEALD dairy  were pleased to win a Gold Award for their newest cheese 'Little Sussex' at the British Cheese Awards held in Cardiff on 21st September.


Soil Association Organic Food Awards

Earlier in September our Sussex Slipcote was a winner in the 24th Organic Food Awards. These awards are the most prestigious and widely respected in the organic sector,

HIGH WEALD dairy  were pleased to scoop 5 Awards, including a Gold for Sister Sarah our Goat's Cheese, at the 2012 International Cheese Awards, Nantwich, held on 24 July 2012

With over 3,925 entries from 24 different countries, and 140 judges, this really is a prestigious cheese show, with large classes competing for one Gold, Silver and  Bronze Award in each class. 

1. Cheese made with 100% Goat milk (UK) - Sister Sarah, Gold Award

2. Modern British - Saint Giles, Silver Award 

3. Specialist Cheese makers Section. Best Organic Cheese - Saint Giles, Silver Award


4. Best Sheep Cheese with additives (UK and Non UK Exhibitors)Sussex Slipcote with Herbs & Garlic, Silver Award


5. Best Sheep milk Cheese UK and non UK Exhibitors - Duddleswell, Bronze Award


For more details CLICK HERE

High Weald Dairy are delighted again  to be shortlisted for Food Producer of the Year in the  2012/13 Sussex Food & Drink Awards.

The Sussex Food and Drink Awards are the only awards that highlight, recognise and support Sussex farmers and producers and the businesses which sell and promote their produce.

If you think we deserve to hold on to our title we would be very grateful if you  could vote for us. There are 2 ways of voting. By text, text FOOD 6007 to 65400. Texts cost 50p plus your standard network charge. Online visit www.sussexfoodawards

 The Hungry Sailors come to High Weald Dairy
CLICK HERE to see Dick and James Strawbridge's vist to High Weald Dairy on ITV1's Hungry Sailors. Mark showed them how we make our unique Halloumi made with 100% sheep milk and Dick and James created a delicious recipe to share with their guests back at the boat.

High Weald Dairy named 'Sussex Food Producer of the Year'
We are delighted to announce that we have won the prestigious title of the 'Sussex Food Producer of the Year' as announced at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards held at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton on Thursday 26th January 2012.
The Food Producer catergory was sponsored by the Southern Co-operative who said of us 'the best Sussex Food Producer, which stands out for its delicious, quality products and has a strong business with vision.
We thank you all for your support and for voting for us.
To watch the highlights of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards CLICK HERE

High Weald Dairy win Gold Medal at World Cheese Awards
We are delighted to announce that our Ashdown Foresters Oak Smoked won a gold medal at the World Cheese Awards. Our new Little Sussex also won silver.
For over 20 years the World Cheese Awards has been bringing together buyers and sellers from the dairy industry worldwide. It's the largest cheese competition in the world, attracting over 2,500 entries from 34 countries and judged by over 200 expert buyers from every corner of the globe.

Thank you to all of you who voted for us in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2011/12
High Weald Dairy is delighted to announce that it is a finalist in the 'Sussex Food Producer of the Year' catergory along with two other producers. The winner will be announced at an awards dinner at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 26th January 2012.
The Sussex Food and Drink Awards are the only awards that highlight, recognise and support Sussex farmers and producers and the businesses which sell and promote their produce in the local market place.
For more details on the awards CLICK HERE

Come to our Mini Cheese Fest on Saturday 10th and 17th December at the Dairy, 10am - 4pm.


- Christmas Cheese Gifts from £7.50


- Ready made Cheese Hampers from just £19.50


- Come and collect or make up your own hamper.


- Try our cheese and enjoy mulled wine in our new Cheese Barn


We look forward to seeing you at our Dairy on Tremains Farm, Horsted Keynes. For directions CLICK HERE



High Weald Dairy features in Sussex Life and the Farmers Guardian


We have been lucky enough to be featured in both Farmers Guardian and Sussex Life this month. To read the articles click on the links below.






Sussex Cheese Bowling and the Peoples Picnic at the Brighton and Hove Food & Drink Festival 2011.

Despite the distinctly autumnal weather the inaugural Sussex Cheese Bowling was a great success.  Held in Preston Park, Brighton enthusiastic cheese bowlers of all ages battled it out on the bowling green using High Weald Dairy bespoke, hand created ‘Saint Giles’ cheese bowls.  One of our whole Duddleswell Sheep milk cheeses substituted as the ‘Jack’. The most accurate bowl of the day was delivered by one of the under 10’s!

 The cheese bowling was followed by the Cheese Tossing competition using a 2.5kg Sussex Cheddar. The winning toss and catch being recorded at over 11m.

 The day was supported by a number of producers offering delicious, seasonal and local produce and the event was kindly sponsored by the Southern Co-op.



Friends of Horsted Keynes Church  


Friends of Horsted Keynes Church will be serving wine and our multi award-winning Saint Giles cheese at their launch event on the 17th September, 7pm at Saint Giles Church.  



For details please CLICK HERE



High Weald Dairy Win Gold Medals at International Cheese Awards


High Weald Dairy were pleased to scoop 5 Awards at the International Cheese Awards, Nantwich, held on 26th July 2011.


With 3711 entries from 25 different countries, and 150 judges, this really is a prestigious cheese show, with large classes competing for one Gold, Silver and Bronze Award in each class.


1. Cheese made from 100% Sheep milk. UK Exhibitors only

Duddleswell....Gold Award.


2. Best Organic Cheese. Open to all Exhibitors. Retailer Class.

Ashdown Forester....Gold Award


3. Single Sheep Milk Cheese. Open to all Exhibitors.

Duddleswell....Silver Award


4. Single Cheese with additives. Open to all Exhibitors.

Sussex Slipcote with Herbs & Garlic....Silver Award.


5. Best Organic Cheese - Speciality. UK Exhibitors only.

Saint Giles....Silver Award


All these cheeses are available to BUY ON LINE



High Weald Dairy features in Latest 7 Magazine 


A couple of weeks ago we were delighted to welcome well respected Brighton food writer, Andrew Kay to the dairy. Andrew has a food and drink column in the popular Latest 7 magazine that is distributed throughout Brighton, Hove and Sussex.


You can read all about Andrews visit by CLICKING HERE


Our Farm Open Day - great fun was had by all.


George Butler, Sarah, Mark and Guy Hardy would like to thank everyone who attended our Farm Open Day and who made the day such a success .

The day was very kindly opened by BBC Newscaster Katie Derham by cutting a whole, sheep milk Duddleswell. As we have had little to no rain over the past 3 months George also welcomed the down pours to get the grass growing again!
 The animals on display included the cows being milked, calves, lambs, spaniels, ferrets, hawks pheasants and ducks. The Farm yard was also full of impressive looking machinery used in the silage making process.
The cheese dairy tours proved particularly popular with Mark showing over 200 people around the dairy whilst one of our star cheese makers Kitt, demonstrated the cheese making process in the food marquee.
The children enjoyed themselves getting very muddy in the clay making area, peddling madly on the Smoothie Bike, and face painting. 
Our cheese was enjoyed over lunch in the form of a rustic Ploughmans and a delicious halloumi dish, and plenty found its way home as well - we hope you enjoy it. 
We would also like to thank all our army of helpers who very generously gave up their time to make the day run smoothly. Thanks, also goes to Strutt & Parker and the NFU who very kindly sponsored the day. 
Kindly sponsored by:




Thanks to Terry Steadman's Spaniels




Earlier in April as part of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival the Taste of Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour visited High Weald Dairy.

40 lucky foodies were whisked off in a vintage Routemaster bus on a tour of Sussex's food and drink hot-spots, including the Dark Star Brewing Company, Cocoa Loco, High Weald Dairy, The Talbot Inn at Cuckfield and Ridgeview Wine Estate.

All the passengers got to taste all of our cheeses and had a good look around the dairy. A indulgent day was had by all!

Pictured are owners of High Weald Dairy, Sarah & Mark Hardy with Hilary Knight.

Picture by Olivia Reid



Welcome to our new website

Many thanks for visting our new website. We are delighted that you can now choose and buy our cheeses and a selection of ‘ready made’ gifts and ‘cakes of cheese’ for your celebrations online and have them delivered to your door.

You can also find out more about us, get the latest Dairy News and be inspired by fabulous recipes using our cheese.

We hope you enjoy using the site and as this is a new venture we would welcome your feedback.

The F Word comes to High Weald Dairy

Gordon Ramsay has visited the dairy to learn how to make Halloumi cheese for his TV programme the F Word, focussing on Greek versus Moroccan cooking.

Watch the programme here.





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