Wensleydale to produce Cheddar cheese

PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 06 July 2018

Apple and Yorkshire Cheddar Scones served at the launch

Apple and Yorkshire Cheddar Scones served at the launch

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There’s a new taste on the Yorkshire cheese board

Yorkshire Cheddar cheese straws Photo Simon DewhurstYorkshire Cheddar cheese straws Photo Simon Dewhurst

One of Yorkshire’s leading cheese makers has launched itself into the competitive cheddar market. The new cheese from the Hawes-based Wensleydale Creamery is handmade using Yorkshire milk and is aged for up to 15 months to give it strength and character. Cheddar accounts for nearly half of the cheese market in the UK and David Hartley, managing director of Wensleydale Creamery, believes it is the perfect growth area for the business.

‘Cheddar is a signature British cheese and we are delighted to be adding it to our range of high quality Yorkshire produce. We’ve tasted it, perfected it and considered every part of it, all to create subtle sweet, nutty notes and a savoury finish brought together in a distinct, firm and rugged textured extra mature cheddar cheese.

‘The Yorkshire food brand is fast gaining recognition for its world-class offering, it’s fantastic to be part of this movement and we particularly proud to be introducing Britain’s favourite cheese to our family, marking a new and exciting stage in our growth.’

The new cheese was launched at a lunch at Shear’s Yard, Leeds where award-winning chef Stephanie Moon presented a five-course tasting menu featuring the new cheddar.

Yorkshire Cheddar and White Onion SoupYorkshire Cheddar and White Onion Soup

Yorkshire Cheddar has been launched in Wm Morrisons supermarket’s northern stores as well as in independent retailers and there are plans to make the product more widely available.

Cheddar cheese originated in the Somerset village of the same name but doesn’t have protected designation status which means the term cheddar can be used outside the area and it is used around the world. Only the term West Country Farmhouse Cheddar is protected and applies to cheese made with milk produced in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and is manufactured using traditional methods.

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