Gubbeen

Gubbeen

A semi-soft washed rind cheese boasting a medley of savoury and nutty flavours with a pleasing bite at its pink rind.

Portion
Regular price £12.30
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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, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Schull, West Cork, Ireland

milk source
Own herd

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milk type
Cow

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

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Schull, West Cork, Ireland

milk source
Own herd

breed
Holstein-Friesian; Various in minority

season
All year

average age
2-3 Months

cheesemakers
Giana Ferguson

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An organism native to Gubbeen Farm which flourishes on the rind of Gubbeen cheese, was identified by microbiologists in 2001 and named microbacterium gubbeenense after the farm and dairy.

Background

Gubbeen is made by Giana Ferguson and her team in County Cork in Ireland, at a spot where the Gulf Stream regularly comes into land from the Atlantic. The warmer climate means that grass arrives ea...

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Gubbeen is made by Giana Ferguson and her team in County Cork in Ireland, at a spot where the Gulf Stream regularly comes into land from the Atlantic. The warmer climate means that grass arrives early in the year, and the herd can be put out to pasture sooner. Giana hails from a cheesemaking background, having helped her father make cheese in Spain before gaining experience in France. Her husband Tom is the sixth generation of Fergusons to have farmed at Gubbeen. This marriage of farming heritage, cheesemaking experience and distinct microclimate has made for a cheese which, in its reflection of people and place, is truly unique. 'Microbacterium gubbeenense' is an organism first identified on Gubbeen cheese, which influences its texture and flavour, the growth of which is encouraged by regularly washing the cheeses in brine. The cheeses are matured for several weeks, softening the paste to create a texture that is bouncy, unctuous and smooth.

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Our Work

Gubbeen is delivered to us from Ireland every two weeks. After reaching us the cheeses are unwrapped, put on racks and kept in our warmest maturing room. We find that after a week or two in this ro...

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Gubbeen is delivered to us from Ireland every two weeks. After reaching us the cheeses are unwrapped, put on racks and kept in our warmest maturing room. We find that after a week or two in this room the cheese's meaty flavours are at their peak.

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Accompaniments

Biscuit Selection
£11.70

Rosebud Red Onion Port Marmalade
£5.25

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

Based on 20 reviews
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John Mccall

Great

Hi John, We're glad to hear the Gubbeen was enjoyed. Thank you for your review! All the best, NYD

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Aisling Brown
Excellent

Neal's Yard Dairy are so easy to work with you and always select the best products - Gubbeen being one of them. Filled with so much flavour, you can tell the quality is amazing!

Hi Aisling, Thank you for your kind review. We're delighted to hear Gubbeen was a standout! All the best, NYD

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Trevor Pollard
Little Mouthful ?

A truly delicious cheese. Best eaten with plain water biscuits at any time of the day, all day long

We appreciate your feedback Trevor - many thanks for sharing it!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Karen Ainley
Gubbeen only to be bought from Neal’s Yard

Fantastic quality and excellent transportation

Thank you so much for your feedback Karen. Happy to hear Gubbeen went down well!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Phil Griffiths

I was not too keen but my daughter loved it

Hi Phil,
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are sorry to hear that the Gubbeen was not to your liking, but we are delighted that it was enjoyed by your daughter.
We greatly appreciate your feedback.
Kind regards,
NYD