What types of cheese are popular in the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom is home to more than 750 cheeses. From classic Cheddar, Brie, Cheshire to Stilton, the UK has produced many popular, melt-in-the-mouth cheese brands.

Cheddar, named from the Cheddar Gorge caves in Somerset, is the widely known cheese made in the UK. The brand accounts for around half sales of all cheese varieties in the country. Cheddar is followed by mozzarella, a cheese made from milk of buffalo or cow. Cheese can also be from the milk of a goat or sheep.   

Children and adults love cheese. Cheese is not only delicious, but you can also eat it at any mealtime, either as a dessert, starter, or main course. Cheese is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It significantly contributes to a person’s health and nutrition. It is full of protein for the development of bones and B12 to form red blood cells.

A medium-size piece of cheese is good enough for the calcium needs of an adult person. Cheese not only lasts longer, but it is also versatile. To tickle your taste buds, you can match cheese with other food or wine, too. 

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There is a kind of cheese on every occasion in the UK, thanks to its wide variety of cheese brands, particularly modern types.

Interestingly, UK was not able to produce these enormous varieties of cheese some 60 years ago. Following World War 2, the cheese industry in the UK was in a poor condition.

The country’s rationing system pushed cheese factories, whether big or small, to develop one type of cheese known as Government Cheddar. During this time, all cheese factories stopped producing their cheese varieties.

When the government relaxed the regulations, UK cheesemakers started introducing cheese varieties in the markets, cheese counters, shops, and retail establishments. 

People can now buy classic types like Red Leicester, Cheshire, and modern cheeses like Stichelton and Cornish Yarg. At present, UK is recognized for its major kinds of cheese. These great-tasting cheese varieties have also become the world’s favorites.

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Some cheese favorites from the United Kingdom

Cheddar

Cheddar varieties are identified with their origin. As of its strength, cheddar is labeled from mild to mature. Local cheddar is usually rinded cheeses. English Cheddar is known for its yellow color and creamy quality, perfect for all occasions. In contrast, Scottish Cheddar has a strong flavor.

Lincolnshire Poacher

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese is a firm cheese made with unpasteurized cows’ milk. This type of cheese has a compact texture and comes with various flavors, like almonds and pineapple. It can also be brothy or meaty, depending on different factors and even seasons.

South East Edmund Tew

South East Edmund Tew is made from soft cow’s milk cheese. It doesn’t require pasteurization. During the cheesemaking, the organic milk is collected while it is still warm until it matures. South East Edmund Tew has malty flavors and earthy aromas. The Countryside Online recommended that this delicious cheese variety is best with sparkling champagne or white wine.

Stilton

When mature, this rich, creamy color cheese has a bit acidic flavor. Reader’s Digest said that the making of this cheese variety is protected and regulated by members of the Stilton Cheesemakers’ Association. This cheese can be identified through its musty blue flavor and is available all through the year. On the other hand, a White Stilton is known for its mild tangy flavor.

Cheshire

The Cheshire is the oldest known UK cheese. Its texture is crumbly. Also, it has a mild salty taste. This variety is available in white and red colors.

Dunlop

This type of cheese is best for grilling. It is also commonly made using vegetarian rennet, thus, a perfect choice for vegetarians. It has a soft, milder texture. It is best when paired with whisky.

Leicester

Leicester is a mild cheese with a fine texture. It can be used as a Cheddar alternative. This type of cheese works best in sauces, cheese boards, and salads because it melts smoothly.

White Lake Goats Curd

White Lake Cheese is best for dips and ice cream. This cheese made from goat’s milk also works well with tarts and salads. White Lake Cheese is also known as a “great chef’s ingredient.”

Baronet

Baronet is made from cow’s milk. It has a melt-in-the-mouth texture and savory flavor. 

Rachel

Rachel is a sweet milk flavor cheese. At the 2017 World Cheese Awards, Rachel won the Best Goat’s Cheese. It is delicious on any cheese boards.

Cornish Yarg

Cornish Yarg has a creamy texture and mild citrus flavor, with a slightly crumbly middle. This cheese has grown in popularity over the years.

Wensleydale

Wensleydale has a mild taste and a crumbly texture. It is often served with apple pie. Its creamy freshness makes it work well with cranberries and other ingredients.