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."
We visit The Fletcher family monthly on our trips to the North, where we taste through the cheeses made since our previous visit. This direct contact gives us the chance to feedback to the farm and share our customers reactions with them. The current batches of this cheese are tasting superb: fruity and savoury, with a pliant and smooth texture that is reminiscent of Manchego. This cheese is ideal for the beginning of picnic season; but is also brilliant to cook with: try it on top of your next pasta dish instead of Parmesan – we think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Made by Julie Hay and the Fletcher family near Berkswell, West Midlands.
Raw sheep’s milk, animal rennet.
Another farm we visit once a month on our selection trips is Hawkstone Abbey Farm, where Appleby’s Cheshire has been being produced for three generations. Whilst there, we taste through batches of the cheese with Paul and Sarah Appleby and cheesemaker Garry Gray. We are so happy with the quality of the current batches that we have chosen to include it here. The cheeses are juicy and savoury with fresh, mineral flavours. The texture is crumbly yet succulent.
Made by Garry Gray and team in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Raw cow’s milk, animal rennet.
On our recent selection trip to Ireland, we visited Siobhán and team, and saw how their make this cheese to a special recipe for us. The milk used for these cheeses is uncooled, morning milk, and they use a little extra salt for our recipe. The curds and salt are mixed by hand, which we think contributes to the wonderful texture of the finished cheese. On arrival to our maturation arches (at two weeks old), the cheeses are dried in our rooms to stabilise their rinds (and stop them from becoming slippy). The cheeses are then turned every day until they are ready to sell. Flavours are lemony and fresh, while the texture is pleasantly soft and crumbly.
Made by Siobhán Ni Ghairbhith and her team in the town of Inagh, County Clare.
Raw goat’s milk, animal rennet.
Devon Blue is one of three blue cheeses made by Ben Harris and his team in Totnes. We visit the dairy twice a year to taste batches with Ben and offer feedback from our customers. Ben’s cheeses are matured on the farm, so this dialogue is essential. The flavours of current batches are boozy, fruity with lightly spicy notes, and a buttery texture that has a satisfying crumble. We think it’s the perfect blue cheese for Easter: savoury and spicy but with enough sweetness and fruitiness to compete with all that chocolate!
Made by Ben Harris and his team near Totnes, Devon.
Pasteurised cow’s milk, vegetarian rennet.
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.