2015 · issuE 4
These are a few of
our favourite things...
a Fine Feast
lincolnshire Poacher Cheese
Simon Jones (OD 1978), who started to
make Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, is the
fourth generation to be running the farm
which has been in the family since 1917.
It is situated on the edge of the beautiful
Lincolnshire Wolds about ten miles from
the east coast.
The lush pastures sit on chalky land
which enables him to have a successful
dairy herd in an area where dairy farms
are very scarce and cheese making is
The farm began dairying in 1970 with
Simon’s father, Richard Jones (OD 1951),
but it wasn’t until Simon came back from
agricultural college and needed something
to get involved with that he looked into
the possibility of making cheese on a small
scale. He set up a small dairy of his own
with a 1000 litre vat and with the help of
Welsh cheese maker Dougal Campbell,
who came armed with a tonic bottle of
rennet and a sachet of starter, made his first
batch of cheese on February 17th 1992.
The recipe was based on Dougal’s own
cheese called Tyn Gryg. Dougal’s parting
comments were “Right boy, you can make
the cheese tomorrow”. So Simon started
making cheese on a regular basis from
then on. The cheese
proved very popular,
to such an extent that
in the local cheese
shop customers were
rationed to ¼ of a
pound each! This early
success led to Simon
taking on a full-time
cheese maker, Richard Tagg, and in 1995
the creation of a larger cheese dairy within
a lovely old farm building. Now all of the
farm’s milk is turned into cheese seven
days a week.
The cheese is still being made by
Richard, in this dairy today. Cheese sales
have grown dramatically since production
began. All of the milk produced on
the farm, with the exception of a small
quantity bottled and sold at Farmers
Markets, is now being turned into
Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese. To help with
this growth, Simon’s brother, Tim Jones
(OD 1983) joined the business on the sales
and marketing side in 2000.
Simon is also a Trustee of the Nicholas
Knatchbull Travel Fund, established in the
memory of Nicholas Knatchbull, an Old
Dragon (OD 1978).
We are planning to host some family
focussed events over the coming years
and are hoping to hear from other OD
artisan food providers or craftspeople.
Please get in touch with the OD Office
if you would
like to be involved.