Blue Cheese

These cheeses range between hard and soft, mild and strong, but always have distinct blue or green veins running through them. The veins are a type of penicillin and are usually introduced by hand into the interior of the cheese with the use of a metal spike.
155 - Shropshire Blue

Shropshire Blue

A smooth textured blue cheese with a rich, rounded flavour and distinctive blue veining through the russet interior.

Despite its name, Shropshire Blue originated in Scotland and is generally made now in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. There is a lack of a convincing explanation for the name of this cheese because as far as can be ascertained, the product has never been made in Shropshire. Our Shropshire Blue is made by Cropwell Bishop, a family run creamery in Nottinghamshire.

To make Shropshire Blue, evening and morning milk are blended together and a starter culture is added, along with vegetarian rennet and the blue mould culture, penicillium roqueforti. The curds form and the whey is drained off before the curds are transferred from the vat to the 'table' where they are left to settle overnight. The following day they are milled, salted and transferred by hand into cylindrical moulds. This is the stage when the cheeses begin to form and after a week in the moulds they are removed and the rind is smoothed down. They spend a further four weeks in the ripening room before being pierced with stainless steel needles whereby air can reach the interior of the cheese and encourage the spread of the blue moulds and the characteristic blue veining. The cheeses can then be kept until the desired maturity is reached.

Shropshire Blue is a distinctive looking cheese that is not dissimilar in taste to Stilton, although firmer in texture. The cheese has a warm russet colour to it from the addition of the natural colorant, annatto, which contrasts nicely with the dense blue veining that is found throughout the cheese.

Shropshire Blue is an excellent cheese on a cheeseboard because of its distinctive colour and mellow, blue taste. It can also be blended with cognac into a rough paste and then mixed into minced meat for a delicious twist to meatballs or burgers.

Shropshire Blue was awarded Supreme Champion at the 2016 British Cheese Awards. Shropshire was also awarded Best English and Best Blue cheese at the 2016 British Cheese Awards.

PLU: 155
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In England
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Pasteurised
  • Vegetarian Yes
  • Region Nottinghamshire
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Rich and mellow
  • 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 DrinkPort Or Sweet White


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1700 kJ
  • Energy kcal410 kcal
  • Fat35.0 g
  •      of which saturates 23.0 g
  • Carbohydrates0.1 g
  •      of which sugars 0.1 g
  • Protein23.7 g
  • Salt2.0 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

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