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.
190 - Berkswell


A hard ewes milk cheese with a distinctive rind and lively intense flavours that vary with the season of production

Made at Ram Hall Farm, a small dairy in Warwickshire. Now Berkswell is totally handmade by a team of six local ladies ably led by Julie. Production initially began in the 1980s by the Fletcher family and has grown over the years; they now have a closed flock of 900 homebred Frieslan ewes who produce the milk used for Berkswell.

Every morning and every evening Stephen Fletcher milks his ewes in a modern milking parlour. The milk is filtered and pumped into a large holding tank where it is stirred and cooled and the milk from the morning and evening is mixed together. This is then pumped into vats, of which there are three each holding up to 450 litres, the acidity tested and the milk gently heated before the started culture is added. The milk is then renneted using lambs' rennet, before being left for a period of time for the curds to develop. A team of up to 6 is involved in the moulding of the curd; the curds are pushed by hand in to plastic colanders, whilst being squeezed, crumbled and broken up in the hand to expel the whey. When enough curds are pressed into the mould, the cheese is turned over in the colander, so the patterned bottom is facing upwards. These are turned regularly, salted and painted in a thin covering before maturing for approximately 4 months.

Berkswell is pyreneean in style, with a rustic, orange-brown crust. It is renowned throughout the British Cheese Industry as one of the most delicious, consistent quality ewes' milk cheeses available. The flavour is full with a savoury yet fruity quality that fills the mouth. The interior is almost translucent and pale white in colour with a firm, crumbly texure.

Berkswell was awarded Supreme Champion at 2017 Artisan Cheese Awards.

Previous to that Berkswell won super gold at the 2013 World Cheese Awards.

Sheep Unpasteurised PLU: 190
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In England
  • Type of Milk Sheep
  • Pasteurisation Unpasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region West Midlands
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Rich and caramel
  • 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 DrinkAlbarino


  • IngredientsEwes' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1780 kJ
  • Energy kcal429 kcal
  • Fat34.9 g
  •      of which saturates 18.1 g
  • Carbohydrates3.4 g
  •      of which sugars <0.1 g
  • Protein25.3 g
  • Salt2.1 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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