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Old Ford

Old Ford was made by Mary Holbrook at Sleight Farm in Somerset, from the raw milk of her own mixed-herd goats. Mary sadly passed away in 2019. 

Sleight Farm has now ceased production of Mary Holbrook’s wonderful cheeses. We will miss Tymsboro, Sleightlett, Cardo and Old Ford greatly, but also recognise that these cheeses were an expression of Mary’s personality and years of experience, and they will live on in our memories.

Those who are missing Old Ford may like to give Highfields a try. 


Old Ford's texture ranged from silky to weathered; craggy and crystalline depending on age. Young flavours were floral, and almost coco-nutty becoming progressively more savoury, briny, and concentrated with age.

Old Ford was made when the seasonal milk production was at its peak, usually between May and July. Unlike her other cheeses, Mary Holbrook liked to make each batch of Old Ford herself. The cheeses arrived with us a few months later and were turned once a week until they were sold.


Timsbury, Somerset


Read more

Remembering Mary Holbrook 

Women in Cheese: a profile of cheesemaker Mary Holbrook

Sleight Farm on Film


This short 'farm-visit' film features cheesemaker Mary Holbrook at her farm near Bath in Somerset. Mary has her own herd of around a hundred home-bred goats, or 'the league of nations' as she calls them. As we follow her around the farm, the true depth of her knowledge and experience reveals itself. We hope you enjoy watching it.

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