We support as many of our local cheese-makers as possible – and most of these cheeses have won awards over the years, with good reason! Most of the cheeses are vegetarian. All are clearly labelled as to whether they are vegetarian, unpasteurised (raw) and/or organic and made from cow, ewe, goat or buffalo milk.
Thursby, Wigton, near Carlisle
Vegetarian, unpasteurised cheeses made from single Cumbrian cow or goat herds.
A selection of pasteurised vegetarian cows’ and ewes’ milk cheese, all from local herds.
Teesdale, County Durham
Created by Joan and Alwin Cross, Cotherstone cheese is related to Wensleydale and Swaledale, and named after a village and parish in County Durham. Suitable for vegetarians, this semi-hard, farmhouse cheese is made from pasteurised, full-fat Jersey cow’s milk. Cotherstone belongs to a group called ‘Dale style’ cheeses which are soft and crumbly in texture, lemony and slightly tangy to taste and tends to be eaten young.
Barnard Castle, County Durham
Soft cheeses made with milk from their family dairy. We stock White Hilton, a hand-made creamy semi-soft white cheese with a rich and lingering flavour. The naturally grown rind adds a nutty quality to the taste.
Teesdale Goat and Teesdale Blue.
Harperley POW Camp, Weardale
Pasteurised cheeses from local Weardale farms.
Unpasteurised cows’ milk cheeses from their own herd, using traditional rennet.
Slack House Farm
Gilsland, near Brampton
Birdoswald. Organic, vegetarian unpasteurised traditional farmhouse cheese made from their own Ayrshire herd.
Northumberland Cheese Company
Vegetarian, pasteurised cheeses made from cows’, goats’ and ewes’ milk, from single local herds.
We also stock premium cheddars, Stilton and a wide selection of artisan cheeses from England, Scotland and Ireland – many of which may be new to you. You are welcome to taste any of the cheeses we keep in stock.
Our varying selection of Continental cheeses includes Parmesan Reggiano, Grana Padano, Manzano, Manchego, Taleggio, Jarlsberg, Gruyère, Buffalo Mozzarella, Haloumi, and Feta.
Other dairy products include local organic yoghurts from Doddington Dairy and Slack House Farm, local ice creams from Doddington Dairy and Cream of Galloway, cream, butter, goats’ milk to order only (fresh – whole or semi skimmed), and local free-range eggs.
Background photograph: Blue Whinnow and Cumberland cheeses from Thornby Moor Dairy