Goodwood Cheese

Goodwood Cheese

Goodwood Home Farm, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QF

Tel: 01243 755154



At the end of the seventeenth century, the first Duke of Richmond bought Goodwood so he could enjoy the fox hunting in the nearby village of Charlton. In 1746, his son was given some cheese made for Bonnie Prince Charlie on the morning of the Battle of Culloden. In 1825, the Duchess of Richmond was given a piece of the ‘Protestant Cheese’, which still resides at Goodwood. Today, the story continues, with cheese being produced on Goodwood’s organic farm.

Goodwood Home Farm is one of the largest lowland, mixed organic farms in the UK, sited on the South Downs National Park and has been supplying food to the Dukes of Richmond for the last 300 years.

The herd of 200 milking cows is predominantly Dairy Shorthorn, a breed which originated in the sixteenth century as a result of crossing the best milking cow of the time. The resulting deliciously rich, organic Goodwood milk and cream are processed at the farm. The milk is non-homogenised and tastes just the way milk used to.

Some of this milk is used to make a range of traditional handmade cheeses, in Goodwood’s own cheese room, under the guidance of an expert artisan cheesemaker, Christopher Vowles.

Chris is passionate about cheese; indeed, it is his life. A third generation cheesemaker following in the footsteps of both his grandmother and father, he has had the colossal task of master-minding the new cheese dairy at Goodwood.

For each Goodwood batch, 1400 litres of pasteurised milk from Goodwood’s organic dairy cows, is piped a few yards into the cheese room thus reducing the carbon footprint.

The resultant cheese is now available from our  Farm Shop. Called CHARLTON it is a Cheddar style Organic cheese available in two delicious varieties: Mild (6 month maturity) and Mature (12 month maturity).  Charlton is creamy, firm textured with long, rich flavours and a tangy bite at the end.