Appleby's Cheshire

Appleby's Cheshire

A well-balanced raw milk cheese boasting rich mineral flavours upfront, a juicy acidity and the succulent yet crumbly texture that is so characteristic of a classic Cheshire. 

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Regular price £9.35
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Choose your preferred delivery date at checkout. As we use third party couriers we cannot guarantee the arrival day of your order but we will do our best to ensure that it arrives as close as possible to your chosen date. To be sure it arrives in time, we recommend choosing a date a couple of days ahead of when you would like to eat your cheese. 

Towers of whole and cut pieces of orange coloured Appleby’s Cheshire cheese which is cloth-bound with a crumbly paste
Close up of a cut wheel Appleby’s Cheshire cheese showing cloth-bound casing and orange-coloured paste
Cheesemaker Garry oversees the cutting of the curd in the milk vat.
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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw Cow's MILK, Salt, Annatto, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

milk source
Own herd

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw Cow's MILK, Salt, Annatto, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

milk source
Own herd

breed
Crossbred

season
All year

average age
3 Months

cheesemakers
Paul & Sarah Appleby

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Appleby's is one of the only raw milk, clothbound, farmhouse Cheshire still in production, despite this once being the most famous of all British cheeses.

Background

Since 1952, the Appleby family have been making Cheshire cheese at their dairy farm, Hawkstone Abbey Farm on the border of Cheshire and Shropshire. Sarah and Paul Appleby are the third generation a...

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Since 1952, the Appleby family have been making Cheshire cheese at their dairy farm, Hawkstone Abbey Farm on the border of Cheshire and Shropshire. Sarah and Paul Appleby are the third generation at the farm, with Paul heading up the cheesemaking. Theirs is one of a small number of raw milk, clothbound, farmhouse Cheshire being made in England: quite something when you consider there were once two or three thousand Cheshire producers and that Cheshire played a central role in the heritage of British cheese.

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Our Work

Our work with the Applebys began in the 1980s when the family began to seek alternative markets for their unwaxed, raw-milk cheese. Unl...

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Our work with the Applebys began in the 1980s when the family began to seek alternative markets for their unwaxed, raw-milk cheese. Unlike the supermarkets, which value the ease of production line cutting offered by wax coatings, Neal's Yard Dairy appreciates the distinctive texture and flavour that result from binding the cheese in cloth.  

 
We visit the farm once a month on our selection trips to the North, and taste through all the batches of cheese produced since the previous visit, assessing them by texture, colour and flavour. In our own way, we're continuing the work of the 'cheese factors' who once selected Cheshire for the London market. Today we're looking for a bright cheese with a juicy acidity and a characteristic crumble. It's a cheese that we will sell around 3 months, when its character is fully formed but still milky fresh. 

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Accompaniments

Biscuit Selection
£11.70

Rosebud Piccalilli Chutney
£7.00

Serving Suggestions

Melt Cheshire cheese on top of bacon while frying or grilling then sandwich between slices of thick, buttered bread.

FAQs

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend roughly between 100 and 150 grams per person for after dinner, and a bit more if cheese is the focus of the meal. If you are buying cheese to serve over a couple of days or as part of a buffet, it is advisable to buy a few larger pieces. This will both look better and keep better than many small bits. To help visualise weights, a good tip is to consider that a regular supermarket pat of butter weighs between 200 and 250 grams. If you are at all unsure please give us a call for some advice.

The best option is to keep your cheese wrapped in its paper within a box in the fridge. This will prevent the cheese from drying out and absorbing other flavours. Your cheese will arrive wrapped in waxed cheese paper, which achieves the best possible balance between maintaining humidity around the cheese and allowing it to breathe. We are happy to provide some free extra cheese paper, just search for "cheese paper" and add it to your basket. We don't recommend cling film or foil as it can cause the cheese to sweat which will negatively affect the flavour.

Customer Reviews

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Good delivery process, fantastic flavour

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Trevor Pollard
Cheshire at its best.

Perfect texture and a lasting flavour. This cheese is the best

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KATHY HAGGARTY

Wonderful cheese

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Matthew Newton

I know this cheese well and it was excellent

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Alastair Johnson

Very good

We appreciate your feedback Alastair. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us - we're happy to hear that the February batch was to your liking.
Best wishes,
NYD