Meet 5 British Cheesemakers
While continental cheeses are popular amongst British consumers, there are some really high quality artisan British cheese makers whose work is deserving attention and consideration from anyone who wants to truly enjoy the art and flavour of cheese. These five top UK cheese makers handcraft their own cheese in small batches using local ingredients where possible on the farm, with time honoured skills or recipes passed down by previous generations. They all make a wonderful selection of cheese gifts to suit all tastes as they are all unique and distinctive by nature.
Based in Somerset, England, Godminster has created a beautiful range of award-winning cheeses, produced in a sustainable way that exemplify the quality that can be produced when there is a clear passion for and commitment to a product.
Godminster has won a whole raft of awards on the regional, national and international stages and their wax-wrapped vintage organic cheddars made with milk from their own farm make an excellent gift for any cheese lover in your life, including yourself. The Godminster cheddar and black truffle signature selection is a particularly fine choice.
Founded ten years ago in Skegness by husband and wife team Stuart and Emma Colclough, the Chuckling Cheese Company sells over 30 different varieties of cheese including apple smoked, hot and spicy, charcoal, gin and tonic, and truffle-infused flavours. As well as sumptuous artisan cheeses, this family-run business also sells homemade chutneys, sweet treats, exquisite craft beers and hampers like this best-selling classic cheeseboard selection gift box.
This is a cross-border collaboration between Mark who is a dairy farmer from Dumfriesshire in Scotland and Maurice who is an artisan cheesemaker in Cumbria. Mark’s beautiful herd of Ayrshire cattle produce high quality milk that’s used in the cheese making process. Maurice on the other hand, uses his expertise and ingredients to transform it into wonderful cheese products for sale. Their artisan cheese bundle is a particular favourite with shoppers.
Appleby Creamery make bries and blue cheeses among others and are regular exhibitors at the Royal Highland Show and the Dumfried and Lockerbie Agricultural Show.
A true family-run business spanning multiple generations based in Lancashire, Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses produce artisan cheeses to please even the most demanding palates. They are fiercely proud of their heritage and independent status and have won various awards over the years and scooped some more at the Virtual Cheese Awards in 2021. They were also featured on television shows such as Sunday Brunch and Steph's Packed Lunch.
Run by Erika and Mollie, a mother and daughter team from Lincoln, the Mouse House Cheese Co is an award-winning family artisan cheesemaking company. They produce a wide selection of both traditional and more modern cheese varieties including cheddars and blue cheeses and they sell a wide, varied selection of popular hampers and gifts.
The cheese truckle selection hamper is a best-selling favourite and features a combination of delicious cheeses, crackers and chutney.
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