We are delighted to announce that Lady Prue, our delicious mixed milk clothbound cheese, is now available to buy online, exclusively from our website.
“HARKING BACK TO THE VERY FIRST TRUCKLES MADE AT HOME FARM, THIS CHEESE ENCAPSULATES SO MUCH ABOUT OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE."
Named after Mary Quicke’s mother, who built the original cheese dairy at Quicke’s in the 1970s, Lady Prue combines goat’s and cow’s milk to create a youthful, pale and delicate clothbound cheese, with a subtle taste of goat and a gentle caramelly hint. One of only a handful of mixed milk cheeses being made in the UK, this cheese embodies both Home Farm’s rich heritage and our continued dedication to experimentation and innovation.
Mary Quicke MBE explains: "My mother, Prue was trained as an artist and later established the dairy – with six children in tow – and it’s her artistry which still runs through the veins of the business today, pushing us to experiment with our craft. This commitment to pushing boundaries led us to mix goat’s and cow’s milk and the result after three months came out so much better than we could have expected."
MEET LADY PRUE
Lady Prue recently joined Mary via Zoom to discuss the founding of the cheese dairy in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, milk prices were falling and the farm's milk was going to another cheesemaker. Spurred on by the idea that they might be losing out, Sir John ( Mary's late father) and Lady Prue visited other local cheesemakers where they discovered that they were all doing better financially, so it became that they ought to do it too. A new cheese room was built in 1972, and the first cheeses appeared a year later, but Sir John's work in London meant that it was left to Lady Prue to find a cheesemaker and sell the cheeses. Even then Sir John and Lady Prue wanted to produce "something unique, something akin to chateau-bottled wine instead of a commodity".