Quickes Lady Prue
The new cheese, called Quickes Lady Prue, is aged six months and clothbound, for a pale, mild-mannered and buttery slab, with a light, herbaceous tang and a sweet hint of caramel. It was designed for the American market and is a good melter.
The Quicke family have been farming at Home Farm, near the village of Newton St. Cyres in the South West of England, for over 450 years. Visit www.quickes.co.uk and learn more about their quality products and the history of the company.
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”.