The History of Blacksticks Blue
Gill and Colin noticed that a range of specialist Continental cheeses was gaining a bigger audience in the UK and wondered why so few of these cheeses were, at that time, being made in British. Ever up for a challenge, Butlers set about creating a soft, rounded, Continental style British Blue FArmhouse cheese here in Lancshire..
The first cheeses were made and sold in 2003, mainly to local restaurants. This included the Blacksticks Restaurant where Peter used to live (Blacksticks was no longer a working farm at that point). The distinctive veining of the cheese had a striking similarity to the stark outline of the Chestnut trees in winter that gave Blacksticks Lane and the farm its name. Blacksticks Blue was chosen, therefore, as the name for this exciting new cheese.
Renowned chefs soon discovered Blacksticks Blue, including Simon Rimmer, who famously declared it "The Daddy of all Blue Cheeses". Shortly after, its future was secured when Marks and Spencers started selling Blacksticks Blue in their shops and from 2004 you could start to find Blacksticks Blue on sale in many shops up and down the country.
In 2014 we are celebrating the 10th Birthday of Blacksticks Blue. If you can't visit the real Blacksticks Lane in Lancashire you can still find out what's going on at the dairy, discover and share recipes, listen to the music we're listening to in the dairy and generally stay in touch with the world of cheese and "The folk who like their blue cheese orange." The "Black Sticks" are represented in our logo and line our virtual Blaksticks Lane. They've sadly disappeared from the real lane so one of our aims for our 10th Birthday is to plant some new Chestnut trees at the end of this year. We'll keep you posted.