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Quicke’s to unveil new cheese at Borough Market, plucked from the pages of Home Farm’s history

Amy Brice

Mary Quicke

From the cool quiet of its maturing rooms in Devon to the bustling hubbub of Borough Market, Quicke’s will this month introduce its first ever mixed milk cheese, Lady Prue, with the first wedges available exclusively from the Heritage Cheese stall in London’s oldest food market.

Named after Mary Quicke’s mother, who built the original cheese dairy at Quicke’s in the 1970s, Lady Prue combines goat’s and cow’s milk to create a youthful, pale and delicate clothbound cheese, with a subtle taste of goat and a gentle caramelly hint. One of only a handful of mixed milk cheeses being made in the UK, this cheese embodies both Home Farm’s rich heritage and the award-winning cheesemaker’s dedication to experimentation and innovation.

Lady Prue’s arrival also marks the beginning of a new partnership between Quicke’s and Heritage Cheese, run by Enrico Messora and partner Ewa Weremi, a stall that brings some of the UK’s finest traditional cheeses to the cacophony of colours, smells and tastes at Borough Market. A new home for Quicke’s in the capital, Heritage Cheese stocks many of the Devon-based cheesemaker’s clothbound best, while also providing the ideal testing ground for new concepts, such as Lady Prue.

Mary Quicke MBE explains:

“Harking back to the very first truckles made at Home Farm, this cheese encapsulates so much about our past, present and future. My mother, Prue was trained as an artist and later established the dairy – with six children in tow – and it’s her artistry which still runs through the veins of the business today, pushing us to experiment with our craft. This commitment to pushing boundaries led us to mix goat’s and cow’s milk and the result after three months came out so much better than we could have expected. Having spent a number of years working in London before I returned to the farm, I know that it’s home to some of the finest cheesemongers, affineurs and food halls in the world, so it’s important for Quicke’s to have a strong presence here. In honour of our London friends, Heritage Cheese is our first exclusive stockist for Lady Prue and we can’t wait to hear what Borough Market’s enthusiastic and discerning visitors think of it.”

Lady Prue is available exclusively from the Heritage Cheese stall at Borough Market from Wednesday to Saturday each week, priced at £4 per 100g.

For more information on Quicke's, please visit www.quickes.co.uk