Lynher Dairies

How it all began

Lynher Dairies, owned by Catherine Mead, is situated in the small village of Ponsanooth in mid Cornwall.

Yarg got its name from a moment of inspiration. Bodmin Moor farmer Alan Gray first produced it in the 1980s after finding a 17th century recipe for nettle wrapped cheese in his attic. Spell Gray backwards and you have the answer as to how Yarg was named.

We now produce Yarg in Ponsanooth, near Truro, where we make, by hand, all four of our award winning cheeses – Cornish Yarg, Wild Garlic Yarg, Cornish Kern and Stithians. Our small dairy was elevated to world famous status in 2017 when Kern won Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards 

Kern  means round in Cornish and also happens to be the first four letters of Kernow, the Cornish for Cornwall. When choosing its name, we knew we wanted it to have four letters and for it to have the same strong sound that Yarg does, so we have much to thank the Cornish language for.