The Christmas Cheeseboard
Mainland UK Delivery | Not Sundays
This selection of world-class selection of British farmhouse cheese has been selected by our amazing Deli Team to help you create the best tasting cheeseboard for the festive period! It makes a wonderful gift for a cheese lover as well as an amazing treat for the family this Christmas.
Choose from two options...
- The Christmas Cheese Board - total weight 800g £35
- The Christmas Cheese Board - total weight 1.5KG £55
Your Cheeseboard will include:
- Colston Bassett
Billy Kevan is just the fourth cheesemaker since 1913 to make Stilton in the village of Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire. Over this time, little has changed. Every day, milk from a small cooperative of dairy farmers within 1.5 miles of the creamery is traditionally hand ladled to create the most intense rich and creamy cheese with a velvety texture and well-balanced flavour. We source this cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, for whom Billy makes an exclusive ancient recipe. This particular cheese is made with an animal rennet, which naturally coagulates the milk and has a resounding effect on its texture. It is also pierced later and less, allowing the flavour of the milk to overcome the intricate blue veining. If you haven’t had Colston Bassett, you haven’t had Stilton.
- Sharpham Brie
On the glorious Sharpham estate, nestled amongst the banks of the River Dart near Totnes, Mark Sharman and his team take fresh raw milk from their herd of Jersey cows and apply it to a recipe that’s been unique to the creamery since 1981. The curds are hand ladled into moulds, turned regularly and then brined and left to develop a furry white coat. The end result is a Coulommiers style mould ripened soft cheese that is often likened to a Brie. When ripe, Sharpham oozes a creamy rich and buttery interior that is often imitated but never bettered. Mark often joins us here at Darts Farm to share his knowledge and passion for artisan cheese and English wine.
- Kirkhams Lancashire
As the last remaining producer of traditional Lancashire in Britain - Graham Kirkham is the third generation to make cheese from his family’s small herd of Frisian cows in Goosnargh. Using raw milk, they practice a traditional two-day curd method which originates from a time when farmers couldn’t produce enough milk to fill a cheese mould in one day. The cheese is then wrapped in muslin cloth and traditionally buttered. We source this cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, who visit Graham regularly to carefully select each 6-week-old cheese. Neal’s Yard then mature the cheese for 10 months in their Borough Market shop.
- Quickes Mature
If there’s any cheese that truly represents the taste of Devon it’s Quickes. The Quicke family have been stewards of ‘Home Farm’ in Crediton for almost 500 years, with Mary Quicke now holding the mantle and pioneering the way in farmhouse cheddar production. Mary’s cheese is metaphorical of her ethos ‘farm as if you’re going to live forever’, and with generations of experience and craftmanship behind her, she is able to capture the best expression of the grass, soil and seasons. Each day, once their unique herd of dairy cows have been milked, the cheese is ‘started’ with a live-culture that has remained unchanged for years and encompasses the biodiversity of the farm. A natural rennet is then added to separate the curds from the whey and the cheddaring process begins. The cheeses are then matured for up to two years in their ‘Cathedral of Cheese’, where they are carefully monitored and turned every 10 days. Our relationship with Quickes goes back to when Mary used to sell cheese to our mother, Enid, many decades ago!