Posted: 02/03/2021

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives


Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives
Andy and Kathy Swinscoe

To Brexit-proof your cheese offer, Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy suggests some home-grown alternatives to a few of the nation’s favourite Continental cheeses – you know, in case imports get held up…

Parmesan

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives

A lot of chefs use Old Winchester as a great alternative in cooking to fit this bill.  The aged Doddington from Doddington Dairy is also a fabulous cheese I love to crumble up and use like Parmesan.

Manchego 

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives

It’s not exactly the same but I’d look up the brilliant hard sheep’s cheeses made by the Errington family in Scotland.  Their aged Corra Linn has the sweet-nuttiness that we’ve come to love from Manchego and will satisfy lovers of the Spanish classic.

Roquefort 

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives

It’s hard to find something with power and creaminess of Roquefort but we find three cheeses almost fit the bill and can cover discerning blue cheese-lovers – all sheep’s milk (like Roquefort): Lanark Blue from the Erringtons, the minerally-sweet Beenleigh Blue and the soft, creamy Leeds Blue (pictured).

Camembert 

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives

Surely most cheese specialists have heard of Tunworth by now! It gives even the very best Camemberts a run for their money and for a long time has been the staple Camembert alternative for cheese shops.

Feta

Brexit-proof your cheeseboard with these British alternatives

When it comes to Feta – the fabulous Persian-style feta, Graceburn, from Blackwoods is a must for any cheese shop and discerning chef.


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