Last Updated on October 25, 2016 by Fiona Maclean
The Cheese Shed – Review:
Like lots of people I love eating great cheese. I don’t think any other food group has as much diversity of texture and flavour. But I’m often let down by supermarket cheeses which can be chilled to the point of extinction; so a new service that allows you to discover rare and exquisite hand-picked West Country cheeses in a pay as you go ‘box scheme’ subscription service seems like a great thing to investigate.
Online artisan West Country cheese supplier The Cheese Shed, is introducing the UK’s first truly flexible cheese subscription service going under the rather apposite name of Culture which is calling itself ‘a cheese club for cheese enthusiasts’.
With over 100 of the West Country finest artisan cheeses the surprise selection is delivered on a pay-as-you go basis with detailed information provided on each cheese. Selections include rare ewes’ milk, soft, blue and unusual cheeses – many of which cannot be found outside of the West Country. Between two and six cheeses handpicked by The Cheese Shed’s cheesemongers are delivered to the door with boxes starting at £17.99 for 400g. and flexible delivery means orders can be received at specific frequencies (weekly, fortnightly, monthly).
I received a lovely box of three cheeses to review. A Cornish Brie is mild, creamy and richly coloured, probably something to do with all those hours of Cornish sunshine! It is firm textured and refreshingly free of that ammonia flavour which can taint some Bries. Cheesemaker Sue Proudfoot’s Cornish Smugglers is a traditional cheddar-style cheese matured for only six weeks and coloured with Annatto – the vegetable dye used in Red Leicester and Double Gloucester which gives it distinctive orange veins. The flavour is creamier than a traditional cheddar and on a dinner party cheeseboard it’s a real showstopper. Devon Blue made by Robin Congdon, of Ticklemore Cheese by the banks of the River Dart is mild and crumbly blue cows’ cheese which would appeal to those people who are a bit nervous about blues!
I was really impressed by the condition of the cheeses when they arrived-perfect for storing in my cheese box in the larder. If you’re a cheese fan this seems like a wonderful service-great cheeses arriving at your door.
What’s not to like?
Visit thecheeseshed.com for more information.