Fresh and delicate or rich and complex - our favourite goat’s and sheep’s cheeses are each uniquely special.
The youngest goat’s cheeses in our selection are light and mild with a texture like mousse. Grassy and milky, these soft and subtle goat’s cheeses win over all who taste them. More mature varieties are firmer and ‘goatier’ in aroma and taste. Aficionados will love their complexity and notes of lemon, earth and mushroom.
Sheep’s cheeses vary from soft and sumptuous to firm and dense. Rich sheep’s milk creates creamy, luxurious cheeses which can be fruity and nutty as well as sweet.
We love a drizzle a honey on goat’s cheese or soft sheep’s cheese, along with a sprinkling of walnuts. Firm sheep’s cheeses, meanwhile, are ideal for tapas.
Dorstone is a turret-shaped goat’s cheese coated with edible ash. This traditional technique for maturing fresh cheeses neutralises acidity and creates ideal conditions for desired mould growth and rind formation. The texture within is smooth and moussy when eaten young, becoming firmer as it matures. The flavour has a soft citrus tang and yeasty notes. Dorstone is made by Charlie Westhead at Neal's Yard Creamery near Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire. Read more
Slate favourite Hay on Wye is a fresh goat’s cheese made by Charlie Westhead of Neal's Yard Creamery in Herefordshire, which overlooks the town of Hay on Wye. Loosely modelled on the French cheese Selles-sur-Cher, it is coated with edible ash and sold very young — just two to three weeks old. Inside, it is bright white with a fine, smooth texture and a fresh, creamy taste. Read more
With its distinctive yellow wax coating, Norfolk Mardler is one of the most eye-catching in our wall of cheese. Inside, its paste is bright white and firm with a delicious creamy taste and subtle hint of goatiness. Sam Steggles began making cheese in 2009 after buying ten milking goats while on holiday in Cumbria. Fielding Cottage, his business, now has a purpose built cheeseroom and around 800 Saanen, Toggenberg and Alpine goats. Read more
Norfolk White Lady is a full fat, Brie-style cheese produced by Jane Murray at Willow Farm Dairy just outside Norwich. Made from pasteurised ewe's milk, it has a bloomy white rind and pale ivory paste. The creamy texture and rich flavour of this mould-ripened cheese develop with age. Its taste is slightly sharper than traditional Brie due to the natural tanginess of ewe's milk. Warm it at room temperature for at least an hour to enjoy at its oozy best. Read more
From the Italian island of Sardinia, Pecorino Sardo is a hard and grainy cheese made to a protected traditional recipe. Made using lamb's rennet and the milk of free grazing sheep, it is matured for at least sixty days. Sweet and nutty in flavour, Pecorino Sardo is a perfect cooking cheese, in sauces or grated over pasta or risotto dishes. It can be substituted in any recipe calling for Parmesan giving the end result a sharper flavour. Read more
Ticklemore is a semi-hard goat’s cheese that is bright white in colour with a distinctive flying saucer shape. The texture is crumbly but firm with little holes. The flavour is grassy and milky with mushroom notes. Ticklemore is handmade by Debbie Mumford and Mark Sharman on the Sharpham Estate near Totnes in Devon. The milk is sourced from a mixed herd of 60 goats that graze nearby on Dartmoor. Read more