Our carefully chosen selection of hard cheeses offers deep, complex flavours and exceptional long finishes. Artisan cheesemakers treasure traditional methods and recipes. They age their Cheddars and hard cheeses with time-honoured techniques for many months — and, in some cases, years. This allows each cheese’s unique texture, flavours, and aromas to develop. Our mouthwatering range includes rich, bold, and tangy cheeses with notes of nuttiness, earthiness, caramel, and grass.
No cheeseboard is complete without at least one variety of hard cheese — especially one with big, bold flavours. Pair our hard cheeses with thick, dark chutneys or crunchy apple slices for a mouthwatering end to your meal.
With a distinctive look similar to French Morbier, Ashcombe is a new washed-rind cheese from King Stone Dairy in Gloucestershire, best known for their oozing soft cheese Rollright. Rich and milky in flavour, Ashcombe is smooth and supple with a striking horizontal line of wood ash. It is brine washed and aged for four months to develop a bright terracotta rind. Read more
Weydeland VSOC Gouda is made in the Woerden region of Holland on the banks of the river Oude Rijn. Deep orange in colour with visible protein crystals, this outstanding extra mature Gouda has been aged for an incredible three years (1000 days). The ‘VSOC’ in its name stands for ‘Very Superior Old Cheese!’ Weydeland VSOC Gouda has a delicious nutty caramel flavour and long finish, perfectly complemented by its crystalline crunch. Read more
Godminster Vintage Cheddar hails from Bruton, Somerset, where it is made with pasteurised cow’s milk from the farm's own organic dairy herd to a traditional 70-year-old recipe. This firm Cheddar is matured for up to twelve months to produce a full, rounded flavour and an exceptionally smooth, creamy texture. Rich and buttery, it has a long finish without the acidity often associated with vintage Cheddars. Encased in distinctive burgundy wax, Godminster Cheddar is shaped in round truckles – and seasonally as pretty hearts. Read more
Wrapped in muslin and dipped into molten black wax, this handmade cheese from the village of Goosnargh in the heart of Lancashire is deeply creamy after maturing for two years. Just as its name suggests, Lancashire Bomb has a strong, powerful flavour with a touch of acid. It can be sliced open and eaten with a spoon when warmed to room temperature. Enjoy with classic brown pickle and crusty bread. Read more
Emmental-style Mayfield is recognisable by its 'eyes', naturally occurring oval holes not typically seen in a British cheese. Its sweet nuttiness is also reminiscent of Alpine flavours. Winner of a 'Super Gold' at the World Cheese Awards, Mayfield is matured for six months. In colour and taste it expresses seasonal variation in the milk changing from golden and buttery in winter to lighter and creamier in summer as the cows graze outside. It melts well so can be used in a fondue recipe or for a delicious cauliflower cheese. 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
Black Bomber is the flagship cheese of the Snowdonia Cheese Company, one of the UK’s best-selling speciality cheese brands. This multi-award-winning cheese from the Welsh Valleys has become a modern classic, instantly recognisable in its black wax casing. Made with pasteurised cow’s milk, this extra mature Cheddar is creamy and smooth. Its deep yet mellow flavour and long finish has secured its place in many cheese lovers’ hearts. Read more
Vintage Gouda typically fills your mouth with lingering delights of fudgy caramel and this one from the Cornish Gouda Company is no exception. Aged for over two years, it has a rich, complex flavour and crunchy texture from visible protein crystals. Handcrafted to a traditional Dutch recipe, this Vintage Gouda is made on the Spierings' sustainably-run dairy farm near Looe on the south Cornish coast. It makes an incredible sandwich tucked inside crusty sourdough bread. Read more
There are no mountains to be found near Copys Green Farm, Wighton, but this doesn't stop Catherine Temple producing Norfolk's very own Alpine-style cheese. Inspired by the local cheeses she discovered on a European cycling holiday, this semi-hard cheese is handmade to a Gruyere recipe using milk from the farm's own herd of Brown Swiss cows. Matured for six to nine months, Wells Alpine has a sweet, nutty flavour and a pleasant tang. Read more