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.
156 - Single Gloucester

Single Gloucester

A moist, delicate cheese with a creamy, buttery taste and slightly sharp freshness on the finish.

Made by Jonathan Crump in Gloucestershire, this cheese is special in the fact that is made purely with the milk of Gloucester cattle, one of the rarest breeds of cattle in the country. The cows were developed in Gloucestershire hundreds of years ago purely for dairying and cheese making because the milk has particularly small globules of fat and a high protein content. Single and Double Gloucester are a historic cheese, having been known outside the county as far back as the 8th century, and widely acknowledged in Tudor times. However, like many other traditional British cheeses, their recipe and production was nearly lost after the ravages of the Second World War. Farmhouse production gave way to anonymous factory production which changed the quality to cheeses scarcely distinguishable from poor cheddar.

Single Gloucester carries PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin) which it has held since 1997. This means that a cheese can only be sold as Single Gloucester if it is made in Gloucester on a farm which has a pedigree herd of Old Gloucester cattle.
The cheese is made at a lower temperature than Double Gloucester and the curd is cut into smaller squares. This gives the Double Gloucester greater acidity than the Single, and gives the Single Gloucester a more open and less crumbly texture, making it good for toasting.
In appearence, the two Gloucesters can look very similar. It is widely held that this is one of the reasons why the Double Gloucester has the natural colouring, annatto, added - its rosy interior identifies it from its yellow bodied sibling.

Single Gloucester is a delicate cheese. Its flavour is clean and fresh and goes very well as a salad cheese.

Unpasteurised PLU: 156
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In England
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Unpasteurised
  • Vegetarian Yes
  • Region Gloucestershire
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Buttery and fresh
  • Accreditation PDO
  • 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 DrinkCider


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • 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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