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Supplier Spotlight: Lyburn Farm

No other places to eat in the New Forest get this close to nature…

When it comes to food, there is certainly a lot on offer in the New Forest. Restaurants can access nature’s larder whenever they wish and here at The Bell Inn were wholly committed to local provenance and we have made sure to only select suppliers that we know, love and trust.

Situated in the bottom of the valley lies the Hamptworth Estate – here you will find Lyburn Farm. Expert cheesemakers, we are delighted to source our cheeses from them as their cows are pedigree, home-bred and most of all, happy!

The farm is approximately 500 acres and boasts a select dairy herd of 170 cows. The family has been running Lyburn since 1969 and are more than happy to adjust their techniques with the times; most of the electricity that they use for cheesemaking is generated by solar power and they only use vegetarian rennet in their cheeses.

Much like the community of the New Forest, producing cheese is a team effort and one that we totally respect. Of the 1.3 million litres of milk that is produced by the Lyburn cows, 50% becomes the delicious cheese we know and love.

Lyburn Gold

British Cheese Awards Gold 2017.

Stoney Cross

Gold winner at the International Cheese Awards Nantwich 2017 and Two Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2017.


British Cheese Awards 2017 Bronze.

Old Winchester

Awarded Bronze at the World Cheese Awards 2016 and Two Star Gold at the Great Taste awards 2017.

Francis and Little Colonel

Won Best Semi Soft at the British Cheese Awards 2013.

Lightly Oak Smoked

Awarded Bronze at the British Cheese Awards Bath and West Show and Two Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2017.

Garlic and Nettle

Received a very Highly Commended award in 2017 at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich.

The awards speak for themselves. You can find out more about their cheesemaking process here and once you have learned all about their impressive techniques, why not take a peek at our menu to see how we use the cheeses in our dishes? For those wishing to appreciate the cheese as-is, you can never go wrong with a cheese board!

Don’t become overwhelmed looking for places to eat. In the New Forest we are renowned for our friendly welcome and estate to plate ethos. To try our locally sourced dishes for yourself, call 023 8081 2214  or book your table online today.