St Cera

St Cera

A small but intense washed-rind cow’s milk cheese. Expect pungent, farmyardy flavours and a melting centre that may require a spoon.

Please note: our St Cera can be oozy and unctuous. As such they may leak slightly whilst on route to you. In general, this is not cause for concern, but do contact us if you have any questions.

Minimum: 80g.

Regular price £9.70
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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. 

A cluster of St Cera with one cut piece, showing the oozing, unctuous paste.
St Cera
St Cera, showing the oozing, unctuous paste.
Location: St Cera map

milk type
Cow

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

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Bungay, Suffolk / Bermondsey

milk source
Produced on-site

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milk type
Cow

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

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Bungay, Suffolk / Bermondsey

milk source
Produced on-site

breed
Montbeliarde; Holstein

season
All year

average age
4 Weeks

cheesemakers
Julie Cheyney; Blake Bowden

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St Cera is a result of a collaboration between cheesemaker Julie Cheyney and our own maturation team. It arrives with us in the form of a young St Jude cheese, and it is our washing of the rind that transforms it into St Cera.

Background

St Cera is the washed-rind sister cheese of St Jude, a small, soft cheese originally produced in Hampshire by cheesemaker Julie Cheyney. She now makes it at Jonny Crickmore's Fen Farm Dairy in Suff...

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St Cera is the washed-rind sister cheese of St Jude, a small, soft cheese originally produced in Hampshire by cheesemaker Julie Cheyney. She now makes it at Jonny Crickmore's Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk, home of Baron Bigod. The milk comes from Fen Farm's herd of Montbéliarde cows: a French breed whose rich, high-protein milk is well suited for making cheese. St Cera is the product of a collaboration between Neal's Yard Dairy's maturation team and Julie Cheyney. Julie makes her own version of St Cera which she washes with different cultures leaving a slightly different flavour and texture profile. 

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Our Work

For the first week St Cera is matured in the same way as we mature St Jude with some drying and encouragement of rind growth. After a week at our Maturation Arches, each cheese is then placed in a ...

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For the first week St Cera is matured in the same way as we mature St Jude with some drying and encouragement of rind growth. After a week at our Maturation Arches, each cheese is then placed in a small wooden box, and washed four times over the course of a week with a brine solution. It is then moved into the cold room to slow its development until it is ready to be sold. The older the cheese the more barnyardy and punchy the flavour can become with a texture that becomes more oozy.

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Accompaniments

Rosebud Red Onion Port Marmalade
£5.25

Rosebud Spiced Plum Chutney
£6.10

Serving Suggestions

Spoon over toasted sourdough bread and top with Rosebud Red Onion and Port Marmalade.

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 12 reviews
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Julian M
St Cera

Delicious cheese, great flavour and texture - would definitely order again

We appreciate your feedback Julian. Thank you so much for sharing it.
All the best,
NYD

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Richard Sibley
Wow,what a cheese!

First time that I have tasted St Cera and what a lovely surprise it was.
If you like Epoise or saint Marcelan then this is as good as it gets,and British!

Hi Richard,
Lovely to hear that you enjoyed St Cera. Your feedback is much appreciate - thank you for taking the time to share it with us.
All the best,
NYD

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Michael Daniels
Liquid gold

Cool and creamy. Visually off putting. Fulsome taste. Not over powering.

Thank you so much for your review Michael - we appreciate it!
Kind regards,
NYD

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James D
Amazing!

The most delicious, creamy, potent cheese. I just wish I'd ordered more

Hi James,
We're happy to hear that St. Cera was a big hit! Thank you so much for your feedback.
All the best,
NYD

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Mike Ibbett
St. Cera

Excellent cheese and well worth choosing again. However it was pretty ripe when it arrived and really had to be eaten immediately. Would have preferred to let it mature for a few days at home before being forced to eat it all in one sitting.
Other than that - keep up the excellent service and great quality cheeses.

Hi Mike,
We appreciate your feedback - many thanks for sharing it with us! If there's ever anything amiss, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
All the best,
NYD