Much of the cheese we eat in Britain is made on an industrial scale in large commercial dairies. Tasting hand-made, traditionally produced cheese can be a revelation of complex flavour and texture. The cheesemakers in our directory are all artisans, keeping alive traditional recipes and methods, and the cheesemongers we feature are passionate about farmhouses cheeses, often seeking out cheeses made on a tiny scale that you would never see in supermarkets. They are all preserving the rich heritage of British cheesemaking.
Laurel Farm, Brooms Green, Dymock GL18 2DP
Tel: 01531 890637
Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 7728446
Featured on 'Food Heroes', the Goodwillie family make a cheese a little like a Wensleydale. Available direct from the farm (phone first), or from Sheridans in Dublin or branches of Superquinn.
British and European cheeses, including Yarg, Colston Bassett, Mrs Kirkham’s, and many other artisan cheeses. A good selection of oils, pasta and chocolate. There is now a second branch at 2-4 Moxon Street (020 7935 0341). Free deliveries in London for orders over £30; charges vary for overnight delivery to addresses outside London.
Huge Cheese Direct
Cheese Cellar, 44-54 Stewarts Road, London, SW8 4DF
Tel: 020 7819 6001 Fax: 020 7622 0696
A good choice of cheeses, with some interesting and unusual ones. A good range of oils and vinegars, and Valrhona chocolate. Mail order available.
Interesting range of cheeses, many from small artisan producers, ripened in their own maturing rooms. There is also a branch at 17 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9UP (020 7240 5700). Mail order available, but only for set selections of cheeses, from around £30.
Their product range reads like the list of British Cheese Awards winners. A good range of British cheeses, with some European. The Fine Cheese Co. also sells wines, crackers, biscuits and chocolate. Mail order available.
The Cambridge Cheese Company
All Saints Passage, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3LS
Tel: 01223 328672 Fax: 01223 506177
A cheese shop/deli with a good range of artisan cheeses, Italian deli products (including over 40 different types of olive) and aged vinegars. Mail order available.
Featured on 'Food Heroes', Caws Cenarth are famous for their traditional Caerphilly cheese, produced using the organic milk from their own dairy herd. Visitors are welcome at the dairy, where you can watch the cheese being made, or mail order is available.
The Cheese Shop
116 Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2HT
Tel: 01244 346240 Fax: 01244 314659
British cheese specialists stocking over 150 different British cheeses, with a good selection of organic varieties.
Makers of the well-known nettle-wrapped Cornish Yarg and other Cornish soft cheeses by mail order. There is also a visitors centre on site.
Cream of Cumbria
Howberry Farm, Blackford, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4EN
Tel: 01228 675558
Featured on 'Food Heroes', Cream of Cumbria produce rich yellow farmhouse butter, hand-patted from the milk of one local dairy herd. This butter is a world away from the varieties you find in supermarkets. Find it at many Cumbrian farmers markets, call for details.
Thornby Moor Dairy
Crofton Hall, Thursby, Cumbria CA5 6QB
Tel: 01697 345555
Unpasteurised goat and cows milk is the basis for the range of cheeses made at Thornby Moor Dairy, which was featured on 'Food Heroes'. A favourite is the traditional, cloth bound Cumberland cheese, made to an old recipe. All available direct from the dairy, or by mail order.
Belland Farm, Tetcott, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6RG
Tel: 01409 271253
Featured on 'Food Heroes'. Blissful Buffalo make a range of cheeses from the sweet milk of the farm's own herd of water buffalo. Perhaps the most popular cheese produced here is the mozzarella, but there are 4 other varieties of cheese on offer, along with ice cream and buffalo meat.
Makers of Dorset Blue Vinny. Mail order available.
Small selection of cheese available to buy on-line; much larger selection available in the shops. Mail order available. Paxton & Whitfield shops are located at:
93 Jermyn St London SW1Y 6JE Tel: 020 7930 0259
13 Wood St Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire CV37 6JF Tel: 01789 415544
1 John St Bath Somerset BA1 2JL Tel: 01225 466403
Good range of British and European cheeses, including Cornish Yarg and Dorset Blue Vinny, and all manner of biscuits, chutneys and accompaniments. Mail order available.
Extensive range of British cheeses. Mail order available, but only for set selections. You can, however, state what value you want your order to be. Monkland Dairy have resurrected an old local cheese, Little Hereford, which is now available online.
Huge selection of cheeses available, including Colston Bassett, Yarg, Blue Vinny, Mrs Kirkham's, Stinking Bishop, English Parmesan and Buffalo cheeses. Also on site is a cheese restaurant, open daytimes only, serving all kinds of cheese-based dishes, including rarebits and souffles. Mail order available.
Good range of small-scale production, artisan cheeses, including Mrs Kirkham’s. The cheeses come from the UK, and around the world. Incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Mail order available.
As featured on the first Food Heroes series, Shepherds Purse are the makers of Mrs Bell's Blue Cheese, and a variety of other unusual blue cheeses, using cow, ewe and buffalo milk. Mail order available.
North Doddington Farm, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6AN
Tel: 01668 283010
Featured on 'Food Heroes', the Maxwell family use the milk from their own cows and sheep to create a range of three traditionally made cheeses. Ice cream is also available, including one flavoured with the local brew, Newcastle Brown Ale. The Maxwells are members of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association. Check out their website to find your nearest stockist.
Cropwell Bishop Creamery
Nottingham Road ,Cropwell Bishop, Nottingham NG12 3BQ
Tel: 0115 989 2350 Fax: 0115 989 9046
Award-winning blue Stilton and blue Shropshire cheeses. Cropwell Bishop has won a British Cheese Award every year since 1995. Mail order available.
Suppliers of Crowdie cheese, and other Scottish cheeses. Mail order available, by phone only.
The Cheesemonger (Iain Mellis)
30a Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JW
Tel/Fax: 0131 226 6215
British and Continental cheeses, ripened in Iain Mellis’s own maturing rooms. Four branches in Scotland; call for details. Mail order available.