Colston Bassett Stilton

Colston Bassett Stilton

Gentler, sweeter and more balanced than a ‘typical’ blue cheese, it boasts a creamy, buttery paste pierced with the delicate blue veining characteristic of a Stilton.

Portion
Regular price £10.85
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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
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet, Penicillium roqueforti

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

milk source
Farmers cooperative

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet, Penicillium roqueforti

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

milk source
Farmers cooperative

season
All year

average age
4-6 Months

cheesemakers
Billy Kevan

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Set up as a cooperative in 1913, Colston Bassett Dairy is still owned by the farmers who supply the milk, and a handful of local residents.

Background

Colston Bassett Dairy, which was set up as a cooperative in 1913 and is still owned by a handful of local residents and the farmers who supply the milk, is one of only five dairies in the world sti...

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Colston Bassett Dairy, which was set up as a cooperative in 1913 and is still owned by a handful of local residents and the farmers who supply the milk, is one of only five dairies in the world still producing Stilton. They are also the only one that continues the traditional process of ladling the curds from the vat to the cooling trays entirely by hand: an important step in achieving a smooth, rich-textured cheese. The milk is sourced from farms within 1½ miles of the dairy, and the head cheesemaker, Billy Kevan, is only the fourth person to have held the post in more than a century.

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Our Work

Billy is a long-standing friend of Neal's Yard Dairy, having worked with us for many years to perfect the recipe for the Stilton we buy: a buttery, silky cheese with an elegant sweetness. As well a...

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Billy is a long-standing friend of Neal's Yard Dairy, having worked with us for many years to perfect the recipe for the Stilton we buy: a buttery, silky cheese with an elegant sweetness. As well as hand-ladling the curds, Billy uses an animal rennet in our Stilton, which imparts a longer, more complex taste. The piercing (the process by which the cheese is quite literally pierced to allow air in to activate the mould) takes place later in the maturation process in order to strike the right balance between creamy, flavoursome paste and blue mould.

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our-work: Colston Bassett Stilton in the maturing arches at Colston Bassett Dairy

Colston Bassett Stilton in the maturing arches at Colston Bassett Dairy

Accompaniments

Biscuit Selection
£11.70

Brown Bread Crackers
£3.90

Quince Paste - 200g Slice
£10.40

Recipes

Hawksmoor’s Macaroni Cheese

Recipe from Hawksmoor at Home One of their most beloved side dishes, Hawksmoor's macaroni cheese is the perfect dish for when you need a comforting bite to eat. Containing Montgomery's Cheddar, Ogl...

Colston Bassett Stilton Veggie Sausage Rolls

Makes 8 large or 16-20 bite-sized sausage rolls Ingredients  500g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and finely chopped  ½ tsp each thyme and sage, finely chopped  1 medium onion, diced  50g butter  75g b...

Colston Bassett Stilton Sausage Rolls

Makes 8 large or 16-20 bite-sized sausage rolls Ingredients  500g all butter puff pastry  1 egg, beaten for egg wash  400g sausage meat (about 6 sausages)  2 tsps. fresh sage, chopped  30g breadcru...

Colston Bassett Stilton & Bacon Gratin

This crispy, cheesy, creamy stilton and bacon gratin is just what you need on those cold winter nights.

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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Catherine

Good quality, fast delivery

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Jon N

The best Stilton I’ve ever tasted, very rich and creamy with a lovely tang.

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Lucinda

This is unbelievable. Thankfully we still have some leftover and it is delicious with onion marmalade

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Rebecca

Arrived on time , and packaged to the usual standard. The Stilton was as tasty as ever , it’s our favourite and we come back to Neal’s yard time and time again because the quality and flavour cannot be matched by anyone else. I didn’t like Stilton until I tried Colston Bassett and now I love it. Thank you Neal’s yard for always supplying us with top quality, beautifully flavoured cheese we can’t get enough of. We will be ordering our Christmas cheese very soon.

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Jon Curtis
Epic Stilton

Ordered and turned up promptly.
Big chunk Stilton for a festival. All went on first night 😳