Cheese, Glorious Cotswolds Local Cheese! (2023)

Cotswolds cheese

A Nation Of Cheese Makers and Eaters

The Cotswolds is a stunning region in England with rolling hills, gorgeous countryside, and picturesque villages.

But, here’s a fun fact – it’s also home to some of the United Kingdom’s tastiest cheeses! From tangy blues to creamy bries, there’s an abundance of Cotswolds local cheese that’s unique and flavorful.

The region is just one of many in the UK that creates amazing cheeses.

With over 700 different types, from artisanal blues to classic cheddars, the Brits have a close relationship to cheese where it is viewed as a source of pride and pleasure and an age-old tradition to be used as a way of expressing hospitality and generosity. For example, when you visit a Brit, don’t be surprised to be offered a cheese board at dinner parties and social gatherings.

A clue where this love of cheese comes from dates back to the Roman occupation of Britain. Which makes sense since the Romans were inventors of many things, including food items.

The first evidence of dairy food processing dates back to 3800 BC; a very long time ago. Enough time for cheese to become engrained in the British culture. 

But Brits don’t just eat cheese, they celebrate it with quirky traditions too.

For example, every year in the town of Brockworth, local and international participants take part in the annual Cheese Rolling Festival, where they chase a giant wheel of cheese down a steep hill. Cheese rolling is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s definitely for the cheese lovers!

Let’s skip forward to the modern day and look at the many varieties of Cotswolds local cheese produced by local artisans (and even a famous rock star!).

Welcome to Cotswold Cheese-y Wonders!

Cotswolds local cheese. Cow, goat or sheep milk or a blend (Photo: Travel Cotswolds)
Cotswolds local cheese. Cow, goat or sheep’s milk or a blend (Photo: Travel Cotswolds)

The land of rolling hills, quaint villages, and stunning countryside is famous for its love and creation of some of the world’s most delicious cheeses. From creamy brie to tangy blue, there’s something for every cheese lover to enjoy in the Cotswolds and beyond.

The Cotswold region is a cheese lover’s paradise, with a variety of unique and flavorful cheeses that are produced in the area.

We thought it would be fun to make a list of our Cotswolds local cheese that are made from cow, goat, sheep’s milk or a blend. Before you ask, yes, that is the famous Alex James!

22 Cotswolds Local Cheese

(Alex James Presents) Blue MondayA creamy, mellow blue cheese made from cow’s milk and has a creamy, mellow flavor and a soft, spreadable texture.
Blue VinneyA blue cheese that is made from skimmed milk and has a strong, tangy flavor. It is typically crumbly and has a grayish-blue color.
Cerney AshA soft, ash-coated cheese made from goat’s milk. It has a mild, slightly tangy flavor and a creamy texture.
CotswoldA variation of Double Gloucester that has been supplemented with spring onions and chives for added flavor. It is firm and creamy, with a golden-yellow to orange color.
Cotswold Blue Cheese from Cow’s MilkThis soft blue cheese has the characteristic blue veining and a creamy yet crumbly texture. Great for cheese boards, salads or baked in pastry.
Cotswold BrieA soft, creamy cheese made from a blend of cow, sheep, and goat’s milk and has a delicate flavor and a smooth texture.
Cotswold Farm Park Rare Breeds CheddarA vintage cheddar made from the milk of rare breed Gloucester cows. It has a bold, earthy flavor with tones of grass and nut. Crumbly texture is ideal for cheese straws, scones and cheese sauces.
Cotswold RoundA double cream cheese from Cotswold Farmhouse. It has a mild, buttery flavor and a soft curd. Melts beautifully in cooking and bakes well in recipes like soufflés, tarts and rarebits.
Cotswold Soft Goat’s CheeseA handmade goat cheese from Cotswold Farmhouse with a white rind and soft, crumbly interior. Lemony, tangy flavors. Excellent in salads, on cheese boards or baked in pastry.
Double Gloucester:A cheese made from whole milk that has a smooth, buttery texture and a mild, slightly nutty flavor. It is typically aged for around 3-4 months.
(Alex James Presents) Farleigh WallopA soft, bloomy-rind cheese made from goat’s milk and has a mild, slightly tangy flavor and a creamy texture.
GoddessA soft, washed-rind cheese made from goat’s milk. It has a pungent aroma and a rich, creamy flavor.
Little RollrightA semi-soft cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a buttery, nutty flavor and a thin, natural rind.
(Alex James Presents) Little WallopA soft, washed-rind cheese that is made from goat’s milk and has a rich, buttery flavor and a creamy texture.
Oxford BlueA blue cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a creamy, mellow flavor and a natural rind.
Sage DerbyA cheese made from cow’s milk that has a distinctive green color due to the addition of sage leaves. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a crumbly texture.
Simon Weaver Organic Cotswold CheddarAn award-winning aged cheddar made from organic cow’s milk. It has nutty, caramel flavors with a slight tang. Perfect for cooking and cheese boards.
Single GloucesterA cheese made from skimmed milk that is typically milder and lower in fat than Double Gloucester. It has a crumbly texture and a subtle flavor.
Stinking BishopA soft, washed-rind cheese made from the milk of Gloucester cows. It has a pungent aroma and a rich, creamy flavor.
Three CountiesA semi-hard cheese made from a blend of cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milk.
Windrush Valley Cotswold BrieA soft, creamy brie-style cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a white bloomy rind and a rich buttery flavor. Great for baking, eating raw, or melting.
Worcester HopA cheese that is made from cow’s milk and is coated in hops. It has a tangy, slightly bitter flavor and a firm, crumbly texture.
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To sum it up, cheese is not just another food for the Brits; it’s part of who they are. Brits take their cheese seriously and appreciate it in every form.

Whether it’s a simple cheese sandwich, or Ploughman’s Lunch, cheese plays an important role in British cuisine; it’s up there with pies, fish and chips and curry as national food favorites.

The Cotswolds has a lot to offer, from its breathtaking scenery and rich heritage, to its scrumptious variety of local cheese. For food enthusiasts visiting the region, trying Cotswold local cheese is a must!

The Cotswold Cheese Company, with shops in Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, and Morton-in-Marsh, showcases a wide selection of local and British cheeses, including many Cotswolds cheeses.

But go into any supermarket and there is bound to be a wide selection of Cotswold local cheese, and other popular varieties from other counties and areas in the UK.

The larger supermarkets will have a cheese counter with an enormous selection that is cut and wrapped in paper for customers. Less common is packaged grated cheese.

Don’t miss out on the delicious local cheeses when you wander the Cotswolds next time. There are also many places to order Cotswolds local cheese online and have it delivered to your door!

From tangy Double Gloucester to creamy Cotswold cheese, there’s a cheese to suit everyone’s taste buds.

So, add a visit to the local cheese shop to your Cotswolds itinerary and experience the lovely flavors of this beautiful region!

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

If you’re looking for other places to visit, click on Cotswolds Villages A-FVillages G-O, and Villages P-Z.

Contact: hello@travelcotswolds.com

First photo is a stock photo and used to represent a varied cheese board and may or may not be related to Cotswolds local cheese.

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