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
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
Wigmore is a sweet semi-soft brie style cheese made from unpasteurised ewes' milk. Maker Anne Wigmore founded Village Maid Cheese in Berkshire in 1986 and has won many awards since: Wigmore achieved a gold medal at the British Cheese Awards 2016. Its pale paste is dense and creamy in texture. It has a rich, complex flavour which is fruity as well as sweet. Ripened for eight weeks, its bloomy natural rind darkens as the cheese matures. Read more