Real & Raw - Cheese & Dairy

Established 2013 

Producers of raw, unpasteurised, cow's milk cheese at our dairy at Commonwork Organic Farm in Kent.

Our two signature cheeses, Graceburn and Edmund Tew have won numerous awards and can be found in the country's leading cheese and speciality food shops.

We use only the freshest milk which we collect while still warm, as the cows are being milked. The herd at Commonwork consists of a mix of Friesian x Holsteins, Swedish Red and Montbeliarde cows giving us a milk that is higher in fat and protein than standard dairy cows and perfect for cheese making.  Commonwork Organic farm take a regenerative approach to agriculture, a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds and enhances ecosystems.

Blackwoods was established in 2013. 

David, our Managing Director and Head Cheese Maker, began making cheese in 2006 when he undertook a cheese making traineeship at the Yarra Valley Dairy in Australia. 

In 2010 David came to London to work for Neal’s Yard Dairy for 10 days and ended up staying for 5 years. During this time David worked throughout the company, spending the majority of his time in the maturation department. Here David worked very closely with some of Britain's finest farmhouse cheesemakers.

David has also completed an internship with Mons Affineurs in France and worked for Mary Holbrook on Sleight farm in Somerset.