In praise of British Cheese

Wherenext replied on 06/11/2016 14:09

Posted on 06/11/2016 14:09

Having just returned from the self styled capital of the cheese world, namely France, I would like to say how much we love British Cheese. Yes, we did enjoy many different types of French Cheese and count some of them among our own favourites but I don't think British Cheeses get the plaudits they deserve.

Nothing tastes quite like a really good Cheddar, our current one is Colliers (a Welsh one), or a Blackstick Blue or a Shropshire Blue or Mrs. Applebys Cheshire or a creamy Lancashire. Plus we are prepared to experiment with our cheese, by putting chilli or mustard etc. in. There are some smashing local entrepreneurs making cheese these days.

Why are our cheese not more respected?

MJ730 replied on 06/11/2016 14:53

Posted on 06/11/2016 14:53

Off to Hawes in 2 weeks time and will definitely be visiting the Wensleydale Cheese as we do each time we are in that area.

"You can't beat a nice bit of Wensledale a Grommet."

Mike

 

JillwithaJay replied on 06/11/2016 14:58

Posted on 06/11/2016 14:58

I could live off cheese and particularly love a good mature cheddar.  I've had English, New Zealand and others over the years.  I also enjoy blue cheeses, the smellier the better.

lynnruby replied on 06/11/2016 15:16

Posted on 06/11/2016 15:16

Like Jill, I could live off cheese Laughing  I always buy local cheese on our travels.  My latest favourite was bought on our trip to Scotland.  There was a small 'Food Festival' in Mallaig where I bought some Isle of Mull cheese.  If you like a strong tangy cheese ..... this is one of the best cheeses I've ever tasted Wink 

brue replied on 06/11/2016 17:43

Posted on 06/11/2016 17:43

I eat more cheese than meat and love it but I always enjoy a good cheddar. Local Wookey Hole Cave cheddar is one of my favourites. Smile

JayEss replied on 06/11/2016 18:02

Posted on 06/11/2016 18:02

I eat lots of cheese and love it but as far as British cheeses go I only like proper cheddar and real stilton. I like stinking bishop as well  

Wookey Hole cheddar is great but I really like one from the Isle of Man as well and my current favourite cooking cheddar is Canadian. 

Takethedogalong replied on 06/11/2016 19:07

Posted on 06/11/2016 19:07

Another cheese fan here! The smellier the better! There is a fabulous cheese shop in Tavistock, near Pannier Market. A must visit place for us. Tried one called BlueBoy last time we were in, and a hard cheese with fenugreek in it, giving a wonderful nutty taste. Next door is a deli that sells the perfect accompaniment to cheese, fig jam! With some decent crackers, absolute dining bliss!Happy

Pliers replied on 06/11/2016 19:55

Posted on 06/11/2016 19:55

Totally agree, I absolutely love our British cheeses. Our local supermarket, (Booths), have a wonderful cheese counter.

Like it with a glass, or 2 of French wine though!

ValDa replied on 06/11/2016 21:02

Posted on 06/11/2016 21:02

Having just returned from the self styled capital of the cheese world, namely France, I would like to say how much we love British Cheese. Yes, we did enjoy many different types of French Cheese and count some of them among our own favourites but I don't think British Cheeses get the plaudits they deserve.

Nothing tastes quite like a really good Cheddar, our current one is Colliers (a Welsh one), or a Blackstick Blue or a Shropshire Blue or Mrs. Applebys Cheshire or a creamy Lancashire. Plus we are prepared to experiment with our cheese, by putting chilli or mustard etc. in. There are some smashing local entrepreneurs making cheese these days.

Why are our cheese not more respected?

In some areas of France the French are developing a real 'British cheese' habit.  There are two types of cheddar on sale in our nearest supermarket, and our French neighbours love the British cheeses we offer them if they have a meal with us.   They tell us they are able to buy Stilton at Christmas, too!