Cheese firm is setting up ‘factory shop’

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GARSTANG’S award-winning cheese firm Dewlay is to open an on-site shop this Spring.

The retail outlet, at the A6 dairy/factory, will be called The Cowkeeper. It will open on May 4.

Dewlay managing director Nick Kenyon said: “This new venture will allow people to visit the site six days a week, watch the cheesemaking process, learn more about Lancashire cheese in our viewing gallery and, of course, sample and buy our range of Lancashire cheese.

“We have been producing Lancashire cheese for more than 55 years in Garstang and we feel we are expertly placed to educate and inform people on what makes Lancashire cheese so great.

“We are proud to be the cheesemakers of Garstang, and with the opening of The Cowkeeper we hope this will attract more people, not just to Dewlay, but to Garstang and the surrounding area.”

“Garstang has so much to offer visitors, and with this enhanced cheese experience we hope it will entice more people to visit and shop in the town.”

Finishing touches are now being put to the shop, which will be open to the public as well as to pre-booked tours from local schools, community and social groups and coach tours.

l The Cowkeeper term harks back to the mid-1800s. It is believed that in cities and towns, shops were set up which housed cows in the back, meaning milk, cheese and other dairy products could be easily accessible to the masses.