Cheshire Cheese


Cheshire Cheese

Mentioned in the Domesday Book at the end of the eleventh century, Cheshire Cheese is thought to be Britain 's oldest named cheese.

The cheese is normally matured for around four weeks to provide a fresh milky taste and an open, crumbly texture. More aged varieties are also available with more complex flavours and firmer bodies. Cheshire Cheese is available in supermarkets and independent retailers throughout the UK .

Cheshire Cheese typically has between one third and one half of the salt content of Feta.

Cheshire Cheese is the UK 's largest selling crumbly cheese with sales of around 6,500 tonnes per year. The cheese continues to be produced using traditional manufacturing methods - open vats and manual curd handling.

Coloured Cheshire Cheese is also available.

  • produced in the same way but with the addition of annatto
  • the same vegetable dye as used in Red Leicester

The Cheshire Cheese campaign is funded by British dairy farmers through the Milk Development Council and leading Cheshire Cheese makers such as Belton Cheese Limited.

Why the Cat?

The Cheshire Cat was immortalised by Lewis Carroll, a native of Cheshire , in " Alice 's Adventures in Wonderland".

"Please could you tell me", said Alice a little timidly, "why your cat grins like that?"

"It's a Cheshire cat," said the Duchess "and that's why".

Whether the grinning cat was derived from the grinning cat-like gargoyles on a Cheshire church or whether it dates back to the business like grin on the faces of 19th Century Cheshire prostitutes, is far from clear. The most plausible explanation is perhaps the manner in which Cheshire cheese would be moulded into cat shapes and eaten from the tail, leaving only the grinning head on the plate. Whatever, the Cheshire Cat and Cheshire cheese are inextricably joined and the new logo recognises that historical link.