Traditional British Selection
Classic British cheeses at their best
Four classic British cheeses. These particular cheeses are still made on the farm, traditionally cloth-bound and aged to perfection: supreme examples of historic British cheeses. Including the lactic-fresh, Cheshire-style Anster, the buttery tangy Hafod Cheddar, strong and powerful vintage Red Leicester, and savoury Sparkenhoe Blue. Britain at its best.
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This cheese gift box includes:
Anster. Unpasteurised cows’ milk. 250g.
Farmers for over 50 years, the Stewart family started making cheese in 2008 and soon created Anster. This milky, crumbly, fresh tasting cheese is aged for 8 weeks.
Jane Stewart supplies The Courtyard Dairy with special Anster cheese made only using a ‘starter bacteria’ specified by The Courtyard Dairy, which gives the cheese a particularly milky, fresh flavour.
Hafod Cheddar. Unpasteurised cows’ milk, organic. 250g.
With only 65 Ayrshire cows, this clothbound Cheddar is made to a very traditional recipe, producing a cheese that is buttery and smooth, with that special Cheddar tang. At The Courtyard Dairy the best Hafod truckles are selected and further aged to 14-months. At this age the cheese retains its buttery flavours and develops a very special tang.
Sparkenhoe Vintage. Unpasteurised cows’ milk. 250g.
The only unpasteurised farmhouse Red Leicester made in the world. This Sparkenhoe vintage version is aged for 18 months, which gives it a strong, powerful flavour.
Sparkenhoe Blue. Unpasteurised cows’ milk. 250g.
Famous for their Red Leicester, the Clarke family diversified further into blue-cheese production when their son Will returned to the farm. Using milk from their 150 cows he developed a classic British ‘rinded’ blue, akin to the classic British blue cheeses. The end result is a cheese of its own: mellow blue, with dense-fudgy texture, and a savoury finish.
This product will have two weeks’ shelf life from the date of delivery. Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.
In the current pandemic not all our suppliers are able to supply us as consistently as they were.
What this means is that occasionally we may give you a substitute in some cheese selections. This will always be a carefully-selected similar cheese of equal or greater value.
If you do not want us to supply a suitable substitute in this way, state in the ‘special instructions’ at checkout: “No replacements”, in which case we may have to phone you if there is an issue.