Ashcombe

Ashcombe

A rich yet subtle cheese. The mild and mushroomy rind gives way to a golden paste shot through with a line of wood ash. The flavours are milky and mild and the texture is bouncy, buttery and semi-firm.

Portion
Regular price £8.95
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  • Spend over £39.50 to receive free delivery (England, Wales & Central Scotland)

Standard delivery is free to most postcodes in the UK for orders over £39.50. Click here for a list of postcodes where additional delivery charges apply.

For orders under £39.50, standard delivery is £8.00.

Collection from our London shops is free - choose Shop Collection at checkout.

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. 

milk type
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Wood Ash, Animal Rennet, Cheese Cultures, Lysozyme (EGG)

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Chedworth, Gloucestershire

milk source
Produced on-site

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Wood Ash, Animal Rennet, Cheese Cultures, Lysozyme (EGG)

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Chedworth, Gloucestershire

milk source
Produced on-site

season
All year

average age
2-3 Months

cheesemakers
David Jowett

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The addition of ash to this style of cheese in France was originally devised as a means of warding off flies and preventing a skin forming on the cheese made from the morning milk, so that more milk could be added in the evening.

Background

David Jowett makes his cheeses on Manor Farm in the Cotswold village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. The farm’s mixed herd of traditional British breeds feed on pastures planted with plentiful clove...

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David Jowett makes his cheeses on Manor Farm in the Cotswold village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. The farm’s mixed herd of traditional British breeds feed on pastures planted with plentiful clover and herbal leys, lending their milk an aromatic richness. The name Ashcombe combines references to Manor Farm’s surroundings and to the make of the cheese: ‘the coombes’ are the steep paddocks overlooked by the King Stone Dairy; the ‘ash’ refers to the decorative line of wood ash running through the cheese.

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Our Work

When the cheese arrives with us, it is kept wrapped up in one of our cooler maturing rooms until it’s ready to be sold.

FAQs

Yes, the prices shown above are inclusive of a significant bulk discount for quarters, halves and whole cheeses.

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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Jane Duffy
Perfect

This was a gift for my husband! He loved it! The packaging was brilliant and kept cool! The standard and quality of the cheese was excellent and delicious!

Hi Jane, we're so happy to hear that Ashcombe hit the spot! Many thanks for sharing your experience with us! Your kind feedback is much appreciated.
All the best,
NYD

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Bryan Crawford
A great cheese experience!

I had already sent the same selection to family and friends (5 households), this time was for another friend, a real cheese afficionado. He loved it. I also had a set for me to bring home (in Austria) for our family to try for the first time. Very happy.

Hi Bryan, we appreciate your kind feedback. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that the cheeses were a big hit!
All the best,
NYD

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Rui Belfield Santos
Ashtonishing

What a brilliant find! The texture is amazing and the crystals add to its complexity! Buttery but sharp in flavour. We already love the baron bigod and the Colston basset and this keeps up right there with those!

We're happy to hear you enjoyed Ashcombe, Rui. Your feedback is much appreciated - many thanks!
Best wishes,
NYD

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James Roche

Ashcombe

We appreciate your review James - many thanks!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Jade Smith

Gorgeous creamy cheese, very tasty!

Hi Jade,
Lovely to hear that Ashcombe went down well! Many thanks for your feedback.
All the best,
NYD