Each month we create a selection just a few days before we ship the cheese. Our intention is to use the subscription to guide you through what is tasting exceptionally delicious seasonally. We also introduce you to new cheeses or cheese which are the result of our experiments in maturation techniques.
Each selection forms a balanced cheeseboard and contains a minimum of 1.2kg of cheese. The selection comes with an information note that explains why we have chosen each cheese as well as giving a little of its background.
"I think cheese is the perfect present. There are few people who don’t love it, it lasts well and good cheese is a real treat. It is the ultimate spoiling."
Martin and Nicola farm sheep and make St James Cheese with their raw milk: all of their milk production is made into the cheese from February to November. Spring is a challenging time for small scale cheesemakers: the cheese tends to be at its most variable but Martin feels it is also at its most flavoursome and interesting – and we agree! You can hear Martin talking to Angela Hartnett and Sheila Dillon about ‘What makes an excellent food producer’ on the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme.
Made by Nicola Robinson and Martin Gott at Holker Farm Dairy in Cumbria.
Raw sheep’s milk, animal rennet.
We have been selling Kirkham’s Lancashire for over 30 years. In the mid-eighties, John Kirkham managed the cows and his wife Ruth made the cheese. Today, their son Graham is at the helm, whose partner Kellie and sons Mike and Shaun are also involved in all aspects of the business. We visit the Kirkhams monthly to taste through all the batches of the cheese that have been made since their last visit, and select the ones we want to buy to sell. Current batches have the signature buttery crumble, and a pleasant citric tang.
Made by Graham Kirkham and team near Goosnargh, Lancashire.
Raw cow’s milk, animal rennet.
Spa Blue is made at our maturing rooms and is a natural rind version of Ben Harris’s cows milk blue cheese Devon Blue. We visited Ben a few weeks ago in Devon to select through various batches of cheese, something we do twice a year. The cheese was tasting delicious, and these fruity sweet cheeses were reminiscent of yoghurt covered raisins! Matured into Spa Blue, they develop a mushroomy creaminess and have a depth of flavour that is quite powerful. Cheesemaker Ben will be visiting our shops next month – keep an eye on our social media to find out when.
Made by Ben Harris in Totnes, and matured into Spa Blue in Bermondsey.
Pasteurised cow’s milk, vegetarian coagulant.
With more than 40 goats kidding between March and the end of April, and a further 33 due to kid in July – thoughts at Norton and Yarrow Cheese have been very much revolved around pregnancy and new life, not least because cheesemaker Rachel also gave birth last month to baby Dorothea. This sense of new life extends to the cheese: Brightwell Ash has only recently graced our shop slates and is the light and refreshing cousin of Sinodun Hill. You can read more about life on the farm at Norton and Yarrow Cheese in our recent blog post on our website.
Made by Rachel Yarrow and Fraser Norton.
Raw goat’s milk, vegetarian coagulant.
When will the first order be sent?
If you choose ‘Immediate' start we’ll dispatch it on the next available dispatch date after the purchase date. We dispatch Monday through Thursday for delivery Tuesday through Friday. If you opt for delivery in a future month, we'll dispatch on the next available dispatch date from the initial purchase date. For example if on the 10th of December 2019 you order a subscription to begin in February, the first order will leave us on the 10th of February 2020.
When will subsequent orders be delivered?
Subsequent orders will be dispatched on the next available dispatch date according to the frequency you have selected. For example, if a "once a month for three months" subscription is purchased on the 10th of December 2019 to begin immediately, we will dispatch on the 11th of December 2019 , the 13th of January 2020 and the 10th of February 2020.
Can I choose specific delivery days?
Yes, you are welcome to choose specific delivery days, simply contact us to specify. We need 48 hours notice to make changes to delivery dates.
Are delivery days/times guaranteed?
As with all our deliveries, we use an external courier. In the vast majority of cases they do a wonderful job with deliveries arriving in the right place at the right time. As we are outsourcing the delivery, we cannot guarantee arrival times. If there are any issues or if you have any questions regarding your delivery, please contact us directly. We will be happy to liaise with the couriers on your behalf.
Can we swap a cheese in the selection?
Our cheese of the month subscription is intended for the truly adventurous cheese lovers. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate substitutions.
What if there is no-one in for the delivery?
The person receiving the delivery email/text notifications will have access to the 'leave in a safe place' option that the courier provides, and they can make an arrangement directly with the courier. We strongly advise against choosing the redelivery option as the cheese will already have been picked up by the couriers then and will remain in transit for an extended period. More information relating to deliveries can be found here.
What about holidays? Can we skip an order?
If you need to postpone a delivery then just give us a call at least 48 hours before dispatch and we can amend the orders to skip that month.
I’m giving a subscription as a gift, can I have something to hand over to the receiver?
When you order as a gift we send you a gift email that you can print or forward to your recipient with all the relevant information on it. Just make sure you select the ‘gift’ option above to let us know.