Dorstone

Dorstone

This turret-shaped goat’s cheese combines a light, fluffy texture with bright, citrusy flavours and a gentle acidity.

Minimum: 180g.

Regular price £11.10
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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 (typically DPD) 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
Goat

ingredients
MILK, salt, rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Dorstone, Herefordshire

milk source
Bought-in

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milk type
Goat

ingredients
MILK, salt, rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Dorstone, Herefordshire

milk source
Bought-in

season
All year

average age
3-4 Weeks

cheesemakers
Charlie Westhead

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The practice of rolling cheese in ash was traditionally conceived in France as a way of deterring flies. The ash also served to dry out and de-acidify the rind and lend the cheese its distinctive appearance, which is why it continues to be used in the rather more sanitary dairies of today.

Background

Named for the Dorstone hill upon which Neal's Yard Creamery sits, Dorstone is made to a traditional recipe which involves setting the curd very slowly overnight then gently ladling them by hand to ...

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Named for the Dorstone hill upon which Neal's Yard Creamery sits, Dorstone is made to a traditional recipe which involves setting the curd very slowly overnight then gently ladling them by hand to drain them before packing them into moulds. It is this that gives the Dorstone its signature fluffy texture and gentle acidity. After draining for 24 hours, the cheese is rolled in edible vegetal ash – a traditional French technique which contributes toward its texture and flavour. The fine, whorl-like wrinkles are formed thanks to a yeast called geotrichum, which is naturally present in goat's milk and contributes toward the cheese's distinctive texture and bright, herbaceous taste.

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Our Work

Dorstone is made at Neal's Yard Creamery by Charlie Westhead – one of Neal's Yard Dairy's earliest employees. Neal's Yard Dairy started life as an actual dairy in Covent Garden, making yoghurts and...

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Dorstone is made at Neal's Yard Creamery by Charlie Westhead – one of Neal's Yard Dairy's earliest employees. Neal's Yard Dairy started life as an actual dairy in Covent Garden, making yoghurts and crème fraiche and a few young cheeses. As we expanded into selling cheeses made elsewhere and it became apparent that the cheesemaking and cheese selling activities made more sense as separate businesses, the Creamery was established and moved to Kent. While the business has been independent from us since 1996, we continue to work closely together and Charlie remains a valued friend and supplier.

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our-work: Cheesemaker Charlie Westhead cutting the curds

Cheesemaker Charlie Westhead cutting the curds

our-work: Cheese moulds at Neal's Yard Creamery

Cheese moulds at Neal's Yard Creamery

our-work: Ladling the curds into the moulds.

Ladling the curds into the moulds.

Accompaniments

Damson Paste - 200g Slice
£7.40

Tracklements Fig Relish
£4.30

Serving Suggestions

Stir chunks of Dorstone into a warm lentil salad just before serving

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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Jane Taylor
Dorstone

Just the best cheese.

Hi Jane,
We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed Dorstone! Thank you so much for your feedback - much appreciated.
Kind regards,
NYD

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Jo Jones
Scrumpy cheeses

I’ve really enjoyed my three first cheeses from Neals Dairy. Best on toasted sourdough in my opinion!

Hi Jo,
Many thanks for sharing your feedback with us! It's much appreciated.
Kind regards,
NYD

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Mrs V J Stein
Cheesy review

Very good service from Neal’s Yard Dairy. Every detail of the delivery was clearly given by email. The cheese was a birthday present for my son-in-law and he was most appreciative. Many thanks to Neal’s Yard.

Hi Mrs V J,
Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. We appreciate it and are delighted to hear the gift of cheese was enjoyed!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Nathalie Sargent
Served with poached pears!

I tried the poached pears recipe (and the rhubarb too) from the Neals Yard blog - and served with the Dorstone goats cheese. It was a delicious and light dish. The cheese is fresh and mild; very hard not to be greedy!

Hi Nathalie,
We're so happy to hear you've tried the recipe and enjoyed Dorstone! I'm passing your feedback along to our team - it's much appreciated.
Kind regards,
NYD

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Rupert Hill

Excellent goat

Thank you for your review Rupert,
NYD