Discover British Cheese

Somerdale Red Dragon

Part of Somerdale’s Welsh Range, Red Dragon Welsh Cheddar is made with the rich creamy cow’s milk of the region, blended with Welsh brown ale and whole grain mustard seeds yielding a firm but exceptionally buttery, creamy and full-bodied cheese. Red Dragon is spicy cheese with plenty of bite, but is not too hot. Not only do the mustard seeds give Red Dragon its marvelous flavor, but also its texture. The brown ale makes the cheese moist and tangy. Red Dragon is aged for three months, made from cow's milk, and is vegetarian.

Pairing and Accompaniments

Add to a sandwich for an unexpected creamy kick. Great with fresh figs, pineapple, crusty bread, cured and smoked meats. Pair with a hoppy ale or a Shiraz.

Somerdale Tintern

The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. Erected in 1131, it was the second Cistercian abbey in all of Great Britain, and the first in Wales. This blended Welsh cheese is named after the Tintern Abbey. With loads of chives and shallots mixed throughout its cheddary body, it makes a great pub cheese, especially appreciated when served with your favorite beer or ale. Its exterior is protected by a generous coating of bright green wax, which serves to highlight the green flecks of chive inside the cheese and completes an outstanding presentation.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Tintern, is fantastic as an addition to your favorite sandwich, melted on a burger or grilled chicken, and into mashed potatoes. Tintern is a true British Pub cheese and goes best with strong British ale or lager. It also goes well with earthy reds like Syrah/Shiraz and after dinner with Port.

Collier's Powerful Cheddar

Collier's powerful cheddar is a tribute to the men who mined coal in South Wales during the 19th and 20th centuries. The miners were called colliers, and their work was hard and dangerous. For these men, cheese was a staple of their diet, and made for a welcome midday meal that sustained them underground. Good value, nutrition, and an extraordinary taste define this cheddar. Collier's is made to one recipe, matured, and packed in Denbighshire. Throughout the 16 month maturation period, the cheese undergoes a thorough and highly demanding grading regime, which results in amazing consistency throughout the year.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Take a grilled cheese sandwich to the next level with this distinctive cheddar. As a table cheese pair with fresh apple or pear slices.

Ford Farms Cheddar

Coastal Cheddar

Produced at the Ford Farm in the beautiful Dorset area of England, the Coastal Cheddar cheese is made from cow’s milk. The cheese is aged for about 15 months after which it gets a sweet taste and a distinct crunch which is the result of the calcium lactate crystals formation which occurs naturally. This cheese can be enjoyed with almost anything.

Pairings and Accompaniments

A traditional Dorset Cider would be many a local choice to partner the rugged, rich flavours of Coastal Cheddar; the naturally sparkling Lancombe Rising Cider from The West Milton Cider Company is perfect. At Morrish & Banham we like a glass of Chateau La Bastide Corbieres from the Languedoc, France with our Coastal Cheddar Ploughman’s!

Billie's English Goat Cheddar

Mild, mellow and smooth, Billie’s Goat’s Cheddar from Ford Farm combines a moist texture with the firmness of cheddar and the truly distinctive, but not overpowering, sharp flavor of goat’s cheese.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Billie's goat cheddar is great on a grilled cheese sandwich, melted on potatoes or try in a macaroni and cheese! As a table cheese, pair with fresh apples, pears or grapes. Dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Nice with fruit preserves from Girl Meets Dirt, or Bonnie's Jams Nuts in Honey.

Double Glouster

Double Gloucester is a traditional, full fat, hard cheese made from pasteurised or unpasteurised cow's milk. The cheese, made from the milk of once nearly extinct Old Gloucester cows, traces its origins to 1498 in the City of Gloucester. Smooth and buttery texture, rich and nutty yet mellow flavour and apricot colour thanks to the addition of annatto plant extract. Often you'll find it with chives and onion added to the paste. Vegetarian rennet is used and the cheese is aged for at least 4 months.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Double Gloucester participates every year in the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake where buyers jump on the cheese to evaluate its quality and sustainability. A traditional British Ale or red like Syrah will perfectly complement.

Stilton

Today Stilton is made much the same way as it was in the 1700's. So esteemed is Stilton's unique flavor and texture, it is the only British cheese graced with its own certification trademark. Stilton is rich yet mellow flavor with a pungent aftertaste. Creamy with a subtle, sweetness and a salty, nutty finish.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Stilton is excellent for crumbling over salads or as a dessert cheese, served with a Port Wine.As a table cheese, Stilton is best eaten on its own with a plain cracker so you can experience the unique nuances of the cheese.

Shropshire Blue

Shropshire is a semi-firm blue cheese described as a cross between Stilton and Cheshire. It is unique as it has a vibrant orange color and is often referred to as "the orange Stilton". In a period of 10-12 weeks, it forms an orange-brown, natural rind and smooth texture. With a sharp, strong flavour and a bit tangy aroma, it is a vegetarian's cheese having a fat content of 48%.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Shropshire blue pairs nicely with quince paste, sliced fresh pears or grapes, and assorted fruit based chutneys. Match with a fruity red wine such as a Pinot Nior or a Muscat.

Wensleydale with Cranberries

Wensleydale is a historic fresh, mild cheese that has been made in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire since 1150 by Cistercian monks. The flavor is mild, clean, and slightly sweet with hints of wild honey savour and fresh acidity. As it ages the cheese develops a fuller, deeper flavour as well becomes firmer. It can often be found in creative varieties such as cranberry, lemon or even mango ginger.

Pairings and Accompaniments

Wensleydale with Cranberries makes a wonderful dessert cheese when served on sweetened or ginger crackers and is also great crumbled over a salad. Try with a glass of bubbly or a well bodied Port. Fruity ales would also be a good match.

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