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.
From the Pays Basque region of France, this hard cheese takes its name from the shape of a local mountain, the profile of which is reminiscent of Napoleon. Matured for six months, Brebis Napoleon is made from the milk of sheep that graze the high meadows of the Pyrenees. It is ivory in colour with a mottled brown rind. Its flavour is sweet and nutty with fresh grassy tones and pairs well with full-bodied red wines. Read more
Our artisan Manchego is produced in the heart of La Mancha, Spain. This DOP status cheese is made in the traditional way with raw milk from Spain’s most iconic breed of sheep, the Manchega. Our Manchego is a young, fresh variety. Firm and compact in texture, its flavour is reminiscent of dried fruits and roasted nuts with acidic notes of green olives. Marinate in fruity Spanish olive oil for tapas. 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
Mellow with lingering nutty flavours, Rustler is a ewe's milk version of the goat's cheese Rachel. Brine washed to develop its orangey-brown rind often spotted with bright natural moulds, and an exceptionally smooth texture, Rustler is then matured for three months for hints of caramel to evolve. It is delicious with a slice of quince or medlar fruit cheese. Read more
Spenwood is a hard, pressed cheese made from unpasteurised ewes' milk. Reminiscent of Pecorino, its pale yellow paste has a smooth, dense texture and a sweet, slightly nutty flavour. Spenwood is produced by Anne Wigmore of Village Maid Cheese, based near Spencer Wood in Berkshire, from where this cheese takes its name. Matured for six months, it is perfect for grating over pasta or risotto. Spenwood won Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards 2017. Read more