Did you know…

… a cheese tower featuring New Forest cheeses was shipped to The British Consul in Munich, for Her Majesty’s Birthday, on board a bmi plane, from Southampton airport.


From the top, Rosary Goat, Isle of White Blue, Tunworth, Francis, Barkham Blue, Old Winchester and Lyburn Smoked, Francis, Barkham Blue, and Old Winchester.

Lyburn Cheese is headlining the Cheese and the Forest Larder theme at The Drift Inn on Friday 4 November from 2pm.

The award-winning Lyburn Cheeses, produced by the Smales family at Lyburn Farm, are known locally as New Forest treasure.

For Festival Week, The Drift Inn at Beaulieu is hosting a tasting event with Mike Smales whose family has been making Lyburn Cheeses for 40 years.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear about the cheeses and of course to try them – Lyburn Gold, Stoney Cross, Lyburn’s Winchester, Old Winchester, Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked or Lyburn Garlic and Nettle.

Having picked your favourite you’ll also then get to enjoy that Forest lunchtime treat – a Ploughman’s. A variety will be served throughout the afternoon at The Drift.

The Drift is an old coaching inn set on open moorland right in the heart of the New Forest.

Named after the traditional New Forest pony ‘drifts’ and nearby pony sales yard, this family-friendly pub serves home-cooked food and a great selection of ales.

It’s motto? Wellies, walking boots and dogs always welcome!