City Guide: A Gourmet Tour of British Cheese Delights

November 15, 2023

Embarking on a cheese journey in the UK promises a delightful trip through some of the country's finest dairy regions, renowned for their cheese-making traditions. Start in Somerset, home to the iconic Cheddar Gorge, where you can explore caves and sample world-famous Cheddar cheese. Head to Gloucestershire for the unique Double Gloucester and Gloucester cheese rolling tradition. Move north to the Cheshire plains, known for the crumbly, tangy Cheshire cheese, and visit farms offering tours and tastings. Don't miss the creamy, blue-veined Stilton in the East Midlands, particularly in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Venture into Yorkshire for the robust, crumbly Wensleydale cheese, perfect for pairing with local fruit. Cap off your journey by tasting a variety of artisanal cheeses in London's renowned markets, such as Borough Market, featuring an array of British and international cheeses to savor.

Cheddar cheese maturing in Gough's cave in Cheddar

Somerset:

  • Destinations: Visit the Cheddar Gorge caves and the Cheddar village.
  • Activities: Tour the caves, learn about the cheese-making process, and sample different variations of Cheddar.
  • Cost: Entry to the caves might range from £10 to £20 per person.

Gloucestershire:

  • Destinations: Head to Gloucester for the Double Gloucester cheese.
  • Activities: Experience the annual Gloucester cheese rolling event in May, visit local farms, and indulge in cheese tastings.
  • Cost: The cheese rolling event is free to watch; farm tours might range from £5 to £15 per person.

Cheshire:

  • Destinations: Explore the Cheshire plains, known for its Cheshire cheese.
  • Activities: Visit dairy farms offering tours and tastings.
  • Cost: Farm tours might range from £5 to £15 per person.

East Midlands (Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire):

  • Destinations: Discover the origins of Stilton cheese.
  • Activities: Tour Stilton cheese dairies, observe the cheese-making process, and taste variations.
  • Cost: Tour costs might range from £5 to £20 per person.

Yorkshire:

  • Destinations: Explore the Wensleydale cheese region.
  • Activities: Visit local creameries and farms, participate in cheese-making workshops, and enjoy tastings.
  • Cost: Tour costs might range from £10 to £25 per person.

London:

  • Destinations: Visit renowned markets like Borough Market.
  • Activities: Experience a vast array of British and international cheeses, attend cheese festivals, and enjoy various culinary events.
  • Cost: Entry to markets is free, but costs for purchases vary based on individual preferences.
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