The Old Cheesemakery

Cheese & War in Passchendaele


With the outbreak of the First World War the Spruytte Family fled from Passendale to Normandy, where they ran a restaurant during the war.

Germaine Spruytte learned how to make cheese of the type Pont l'Evêque. When they came back to Passchendaele, she and her husband Romain Donck started making cheese on the rebuilt farm. Soon the production outgrew the farm and they decided to build a cheesemakery just opposite the farm. 



So begins the story of the Cheesemakery 'Sint - Jozef', that will expand to what will become one of the most famous cheesefactories in the world. 

You can visit our monument, which is now a museum about cheese.