I Stand By Kirkham’s: A Celebration of Raw Milk Cheese | Masterclass & Tasting

Show your support for Graham Kirkham – the last maker of raw milk Lancashire cheese – with this exclusive guided cheese tasting, hosted by The Courtyard Dairy’s Andy Swinscoe.

Additional information

Session Dates

20th March 2024


7pm (GMT)





Believe in raw milk cheese? Want to support Graham Kirkham, the last maker of raw milk Lancashire cheese?

Don’t miss out on this exclusive masterclass and tasting session where Andy Swinscoe from The Courtyard Dairy will team up with Graham Kirkham for a captivating exploration of the last raw-milk Lancashire cheese available in the market.

Graham and Andy will be sharing the rich history of Mrs Kirkham’s cheese and lead us through a detailed tasting experience of the Creamy and Tasty Lancashire varieties, showcasing the unique characteristics in their production, texture, and flavours.

To support Graham and his family business, after what has been an incredibly difficult few months, The Courtyard Dairy are selling a tasting box, available for UK residents, for just £30 (includes delivery) to accompany the webinar. Please ensure you order your cheeses by 14th March, in order to arrive in time for the masterclass.

Included in the Tasting Box

  • 250g Kirkham’s Creamy Lancashire
  • 250g Kirkham’s Tasty Lancashire
  • Traditional Homemade Eccles Cake
  • Limited Edition “I Love Mrs Kirkham’s” Badge
  • Postage and Packing

Join us, FOR FREE, and hear about the fight for the survival of one of Britain’s last raw-milk territorial cheeses. and show your support by purchasing a tasting box through The Courtyard Dairy or at your local cheesemongers*.

Please note, it is not possible to register for the masterclass at the same time as purchasing your tasting box. You will need to do this separately.

* Taste of Lancashire Tasting Box only available for delivery to UK addresses. Last order date 14th March to ensure delivery in time for masterclass.

Background Information

At 11pm on Christmas Eve 2023, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a precautionary recall of many of the cheeses produced on the Kirkham family farm in Goosnargh, Lancashire, as a result of an ongoing investigation into a food poisoning outbreak. Over the seven weeks that followed, retailers were unable to sell Kirkham’s cheese whilst the authorities carried out their investigations.

The Kirkham family worked closely with the Food Standard Agency to ensure their cheeses were, and continue to be safe. Over 40 samples of milk and cheese made by Kirkham’s over a full five-month time period have been tested since the investigation began and none showed evidence of the outbreak strain of the suspect pathogen. Consequently, the ban on sale has now been lifted and Kirkham’s can once again sell its wonderful territorial Lancashire Cheese.

Alternatively, you can purchase the cheeses from your local specialist cheese shop or supermarket.

Your Hosts

Andy Swinscoe
The Courtyard Dairy
Graham Kirkham
Mrs Kirkham’s Cheese

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