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Cardo 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.

No cheese will ever quite fill Cardo's place, but if you enjoyed it you may like to try Riseley instead.


Cardo was a washed-rind cheese with a supple and glossy paste that was typically chalkier at the core; floral flavours were cut with a vegetal savouriness. The rind was rich and toothsome, sometimes with a pleasant crystalline crunch. A cardoon infusion was used to set the milk in place of rennet. 


Timsbury, Somerset

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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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