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Cropwell Bishop Creamery

Business Address: Nottingham Road, Nottingham, NG12 3BQ

Country: England,

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About Cropwell Bishop Creamery

From the creamery in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir they have made mouthwateringly delicious Stilton for more than three generations.

Here at Cropwell Bishop we believe in keeping things in the family. That is why, from our creamery in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, we have made mouthwateringly delicious Stilton for more than three generations.

Today, cousins Robin and Ben Skailes oversee the day-to-day running of our cheese dairy along with their fathers, David and Ian. Using traditional methods passed down by their grandfather, they continue to produce award-winning Stilton of the very finest quality.

Our creamery plays a big part in Cropwell Bishop village life. Most of our employees live locally, and some of them have been with us for more than 25 years.  Some have even worked under Robin and Ben's grandfather. That is why we trust them to maintain the highest standards of cheese craft; and why we regard them as part of the family.

It’s fair to say that the Skailes aren’t strangers to the cheese-making industry. On the contrary, we have been involved in it for more than 160 years

In 1847, Robin and Ben's great, great, uncle set up A. Mathews and Skailes: a London-based company that supplied cheese, eggs, butter and other provisions.

During the 1920s, Robin and Ben's grandfather, Frank, joined the family business. In 1941, wartime regulations required Frank Skailes to operate the cheese-making side of the business through a separate company. So Somerset Creameries was born - a Somerset-based company that also operated a Stilton dairy in Melton Mowbray.

In 1949 Somerset Creameries acquired Cropwell Bishop Creamery. This small but long-established business added another East Midlands-based dairy to Somerset Creameries' portfolio, and expanded its product range to include cheeses such as Cheddar, Red Leicester and Double Gloucester.

As time moved on, The East Midlands arm of Somerset Creameries flourished. In 1973, Frank Skailes sold A. Mathews and Skailes, moved Somerset Creameries to Cropwell Bishop and closed down its West Country operations.

In 1981, David and Ian Skailes took the helm from their father, and became the joint managing directors of Somerset Creameries. A few years later they sold North Street Dairy in Melton Mowbray and invested the funds into Cropwell Bishop to make it the world-class dairy it is today.

David's son, Ben, started working for the company in 2004, followed two years later by his cousin, Robin. In 2005 Somerset Creameries became known as Cropwell Bishop Creamery, and a year later the company built a packing and distribution site on the outskirts of the village.

Robin and Ben now manage the running of the creamery under the watchful eye of their fathers, who remain closely involved in the business.  Our strong family values extend to our suppliers, too. We have hand picked some of the best milk suppliers in the region: small, family-run farms whose expertise, like our own, has been passed down through generations. And in return for the exceptional milk they supply, we make sure our farmers are paid a price that they deserve. After all, we're likely to need their milk for several generations to come…