Like so many industries, cheese making has been hit hard by recent events. When restaurants and hotels closed, artisan producers were left with high-quality food that was maturing nicely but was in danger of going to waste. Thankfully, many cheese companies also sell to the public over the net, so you can selflessly support these businesses whilst selfishly enjoying some wonderful produce. Below are three of the best online retailers.

New Market Dairy

This newcomer to the scene is owned by Martin Gott, an award-winning cheesemaker. On sale are 10 handmade offerings made with milk from family-run farms. Standouts include Stichelton and upmarket takes on Lancashire and Cheshire. Its free delivery close to their home base of Altrincham but they’ll also deliver as far as the city centre for a small charge.

The Courtyard Dairy

A winner of Cheesemonger of the Year, this North Yorkshire-based company has a huge range on regionally produced cheeses on offer, which you can order individually or as part of a larger selection. You’ll find blue, hard, soft and smelly varieties, plus accompaniments such as pickles and preserves. There’s even a ‘club’, where you can receive a different cheese assortment every month. Delivery is free when you spend over £55 or £5.95 if you decided to spend a little less, alternatively you can pick up your orders from Littlewoods butchers in Stockport. Want to know our pick? It has to be the Save British Cheese selection which includes pitchfork cheddar, a traditional stilton and a raclette-style Oglesheild, perfect for melting.

The Cheese Yard

Based in Knutsford, Cheshire’s cheese and wine specialist The Cheese Yard features seven set selections of different sizes and themes, plus the option to customise your own. To add to the gastronomic experience, they also sell fancy crackers and chutneys. More importantly, there’s also a large selection of complementary (but not complimentary) wines. And if you want to mix all of the above, there’s also gift hampers available too. Order before noon for next day delivery, with shipping setting you back around £5.95 for orders placed Tuesday – Fridays.

Tue 12 May
Words:
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Fri 5 Jun 2020