“Our Operations Director, Peter Alvis, is the third generation of farmers and Master Cheesemakers. Located just seven miles from the Village of Cheddar Lye Cross Farm can produce 6,000 tonnes of cheese-a-year and we have PDO accreditation for West Country Farmhouse Cheddar."
The Alvis Family Business
A passion for cheese!
Since 1952 the Alvis family have been making the finest Farmhouse Cheeses at Lye Cross Farm, situated at the foot of Somerset’s Mendip Hills a few miles from the village of Cheddar.
More than 1,000 cows on the three Alvis family farms supply the rich milk to produce a quality range of traditional and organic Cheddars that make Lye Cross Farm Cheese so special. Whether farming organically or conventionally, there is a total and ongoing commitment to the care of the environment, the animals, employees and education for schoolchildren.
The Alvis family business has grown steadily and now takes milk from other farms in the surrounding area helping local farmers. The complete upgrade of the Cheese Dairy in recent years now means the annual capacity for cheese production is 6,000 tonnes.
As the leading UK organic cheese producer and one of the West Country’s finest Farmhouse Cheddar Cheesemakers we offer a full range of organic cheddar and UK territorial cheeses, together with West Country Farmhouse Cheddar and Traditional Farmhouse cheeses all under the prestigious Lye Cross Farm brand.
These products are sold from our farm shop to retailers large and small throughout the UK, with new markets opening abroad.
The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) is a European quality mark proving the origin of the product is the Cheddar area and of highest quality.