Hard Cheese

Generally these cheeses are the longest matured and have the smallest moisture content. Hard cheeses normally come either cloth bound, wax covered or with a natural rind.
254 - Cheshire Appleby

Cheshire Appleby

A traditional cloth bound Cheshire that matures to a delightful crumbly texture and offers a rich, clean flavour in the mouth.

The unique quality of Cheshire cheese is said to emanate from the pasturage which lies over the heavy salt deposits underlying the area of the Cheshire / Shropshire border around Whitchurch and Nantwich. The cattle grazing there have been found to have an unusually high salt content in their milk and this quality is carried through in the resulting cheese.
Our example of the cheese is Appleby's Cheshire. Farming and cheesemaking have been a way of life for the Appleby family for several generations. The cheesmaking has changed little since Appleby’s cheese was first made at Hawkstone Abbey Farm in 1952 and the Appleby family are the only remaining producers of real calico bound traditional farm Cheshire cheese; made from their own unpasteurised milk and then matured on the farm.

Hawkstone Abbey Farm is a family-run dairy farm where the focus is on producing milk to make Appleby’s cheese. The approach to farming balances milk production with careful stewardship of the surrounding countryside. The combination of fine pastures, quality unpasteurised milk, the skill of the cheesemaker and the art of maturing gives Appleby’s cheese its unique texture and flavour.
The family work closely with Garry Gray, a dedicated cheesemaker, highly experienced and skilled in the art of cheesemaking. The original ingredients of unpasteurised milk, starter culture, rennet, salt and annatto are used. A committed team, work with quality ingredients and carefully monitor timing, temperature and acidity to create a consistently high quality product. Expertise is essential to work with constant variations during the seasons which vary the central ingredient; Appleby’s milk.

The texture of Appleby's is moist and crumbly and the flavour clean and zesty on the tongue followed by a rich mouth watering finish, which you can enjoy in your mouth long after you have tasted the cheese. Appleby’s Cheshire goes particularly well with fruit cake, figs or dates, as the acidity complements the sweetness of the fruit.

Cheshire is the oldest recorded English cheese. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is also said to have been one of the Celtic cheese already being made when the Romans came and even taken back to Rome by the legions.
Before the Second World War, Cheshire cheese accounted for 60% of all cheese sold in the UK and even in the 1950s the figure was 45%. It was during the 1950s and 60s though that its popularity was overtaken by Cheddar, partly due to the advent of pre-packing to which cheddar is more suited. In 1930 as many as 1200 farms made Cheshire cheese but by 1939 their number was reduced to 400, and to just 50 by 1945.

Unpasteurised PLU: 254
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In England
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Unpasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Shropshire
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Rich and clean
  • Accreditation None
  • Weight 250g

Store & Serve

All cut cheeses are cut to order and will have approximately 12 days shelf life on them from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkWhite Port Or White Burgundy


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1778 kJ
  • Energy kcal429 kcal
  •      of which saturates 63.5 g
  • Carbohydrates1.5 g
  •      of which sugars <0.1 g
  • Protein23.4 g
  • Salt1.26 g

  • Name & address of food supplierPaxton & Whitfield Ltd, 93 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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