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Our ethos is to champion local food producers by using the finest quality ingredients sourced from within Leinster, to create wholesome, contemporary, tasty dishes that we are proud to call "Rathwood"

Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese


Since 2005 John Hempenstall of Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese has been making distinctive, award winning Irish cheeses. Initially starting as a supplementary income for his dairy farm, Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese has grown from strength to strength winning a multitude of national and international awards and is now sold across Ireland and into Europe.

John’s attention to detail is key to the success of his cheeses, from the care he takes to his dairy cattle that supply the milk he uses in his cheeses, to his own design custom made equipment, through to the packaging process every step has the finished product in mind. If you asked John the secret to his success he’d probably tell you that it’s simply the mixture of lush Wicklow grazing grass and the salty sea air that gives his cheese its own unique flavor.  Since his Daughter Mary has joined the family business they have enjoyed further success winning the prestigious Best Soft White Cheese for the Wicklow Bán in the British Cheese Awards in Nantwich UK 2015.

At Rathwood we are very proud to work with Wicklow Farm House Cheese, we use it in our cooking and we’ve paired it with our own Rathwood Organic Wines so why not treat yourself next time you are in and try some of the best cheese in Ireland, if not the world, that comes from a farm right on your doorstep!

Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese

Our Head Chef Jimmy with John Hempenstall of Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese