Belton’s award-winning cheeses rely on the highest quality fresh milk. The milk comes from a local field of 80 farms within a 25-mile radius of the Belton Farm dairy. All Belton Cheese is matured on-site in our purpose built cold store and is carefully selected to retailer’s specifications by our highly skilled graders. Use the timeline below to find out more about the history of Belton Farm.

1920

In the early 1920s, Stanley Beckett left the family textile business in Manchester to work at Belton as a farm student, before taking on the tenancy and eventually buying the farm.

1960s london dairy show

Stanley and John Beckett achieved one of their greatest ambitions in 1963, winning the Supreme Championship at the London Dairy Show.
The trophy was presented by the Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes Lyon.

1960

John Beckett has farmed Belton since 1970 when traditional farmhouse Cheshire Cheese was made at one end of the farmhouse from milk produced on the farm.
In 1973 Belton Cheese Limited was founded.

1980s JHB 1st Prize 1985-small

John Beckett received the Award for Supreme Champion Cheshire Cheese, Nantwich show

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In 1999, Belton started buying its milk directly from local farms. By securing a direct milk supply it gives Belton’s cheesemakers full traceability and secures top quality fresh milk.

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Belton won Supreme Champion with a Wensleydale at the Royal Bath and West Show.

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Belton was delighted to win the Tesco Cheese Challenge award in 2007 with their Rind on Traditional Double Gloucester, with its buttery and savoury complex flavour that clearly made an impression on the Judges.

In 2009 Belton carried off two top honours, winning Farm Business of the Year and John Beckett was named Personality of the Year at the Food and Farming Industry Awards.

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2011 proved to be Belton’s best year to date winning a total of 197 awards including two supreme champions.

In 2012 Red Fox was launched and has proved to be a runaway success.