The Ultimate Cheese Tasting Experience
Mainland UK Delivery | Not Sundays
We have handpicked a selection of world-class farmhouse cheeses from across the country to give you the 'ultimate' cheese tasting experience.
For the ultimate tasting board, add some Hillside Crackers and Hillside Quince Paste - both are available to purchase on our website.
- Cornish Kern (Minimum 200G)
From their small rural dairy in near Truro, Cornwall, Catherine Mead and the team at Lynher Dairies handcraft their incredible Kern using the rich and creamy milk from their own herd of Ayrshires; bringing seasonal flavour at different times of the year. It is gently heated at low-pasteurisation temperature and Alpine cultures—savoury, buttery, grassy nutty—are added to develop its character and burnt caramelised notes are created through scalding of the curds. Once the moulds are in presses, pressure is gradually increased to force out the whey and fifty hours in a briny bath adds the salty taste. The cheese is then painted in a breathable black wax coating and left to mature for 16 - 18 months. The result is an amazing hard farmhouse cheese with a rich buttery taste and caramel notes - it is no wonder that Kern was crowned Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards 2017.
- Baron Bigod (Minimum 200G)
Something truly special. Johnny Crickmore and his team at Fen Farm Dairy make the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese in the UK. In fact, there are only a handful of its type in the world, where the cheese is made on the farm by the farmer – even the French are jealous! The cheese is made by hand in small batches, very early in the morning so that they can use the raw milk still warm, straight from the cow at the perfect temperature for cheesemaking. The mould cultures are added to the warm morning’s milk and it is gently gravity fed into small vats just a few metres from the milking parlour, where the rennet is added. The curds are carefully hand-ladled into large moulds, using traditional pelle-a-brie ladles and the young cheeses are hand salted and then aged for up to 8 weeks in a cave-like environment. Baron Bigod is truly unique to Johnny’s farm. Its flavours, aromas and characteristics are influenced by the Montbeliarde cow’s milk and the rich variety of grasses and herbs that grow on the grazing land of Stow Fen.
- Stichelton (Minimum 200g)
Raw milk stilton-recipe blue cheese had been extinct for 18 years, until in 2006 when Joe Schneider and Neal’s Yard Dairy founder Randolph Hodgson embarked on a journey to challenge preconceptions of the traditional British blue. The special protected status of Stilton stipulates that it must be made with pasteurised milk, however the process of treating that milk removes a bounty of good microbes that give the cheese unique flavours and make it identifiable to a particular time and place. Joe uses only raw milk from the morning milking, very little starter culture and a very long make, 24 hours, allowing the natural flora in the milk to bring out the flavours. The curds are hand ladled, which gives a more delicate texture. Similar care is taken with maturing. Perhaps most importantly, each cheese is tested for ripeness before it leaves the maturing room. There can be a great deal of variation in how the cheese tastes from batch to batch, with Joe aiming for consistently of quality over consistency of flavour.
- Dorstone (Minimum 200G)
Charlie Westhead is one of Britain’s pioneering cheesemakers, leading the way in the renaissance of farmhouse production. After working for Neal’s Yard Dairy in the 1980’s, Charlie evolved from cheesemonger to cheesemaker. This particular cheese, Dorstone, is named after the picturesque village that overlooks the River Wye in Hereford. It is made with pasteurised goat’s milk and takes the shape of a turret. Charlie tastes and selects each batch that ends up in our cheese counter, after being carefully matured by Neal’s Yard Dairy in Bermondsey.
*At times hamper contents may vary due to stock availability, but items will be replaced with products of the same or higher value and quality.