Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin
With more than 20 years’ experience in making artisan cheeses, Ludlow Food Centre’s Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin, is a fountain of knowledge.
Now making more than 10 cheeses in one of the country’s smallest dairies with comrade Paul Bedford – also clocking in an impressive 20 years – Dudley began his career 20 years ago at Malvern Cheesewrights, in bordering Worcestershire, before moving on to nearby Lightwood Cheese in 2001.
Just three months after Ludlow Food Centre opened in April 2007, Dudley joined the business as head cheesemaker, using fresh milk from the Food Centre’s Oakly Park Estate to create a special range of cheeses, as well as handmade butter and cream cheese for fresh and frozen desserts.
Now, almost ten years later, Dudley continues to create and innovate, relentlessly seeking new ways to connect his cheeses with the town of Ludlow and the Shropshire countryside.
Dudley is really looking forward to the biggest food festival in the UK and from 9th-11th September he will be part of the Ludlow Food Centre team showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marche. It is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce, specifically the hundreds of artisan cheeses you will be able to sample and buy.
Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.