An English raw sheep's milk cheese, Berkswell is rich and sweet with notes of fermented fruit.
We recommend a portion size of 70-120g per person depending on when you are eating the cheese. 70g is ample if you are serving the cheese immediately after a large meal or as part of a buffet. If the cheese is the main part of the meal you will need to allow at least 100g per person and you may prefer to go to 120g if you think your guests will be particularly hungry (or just very fond of cheese!).
However, if you are only a small party, you may find that the pieces look a little small. In this case, choose fewer pieces, or even just one cheese, so that you can present your guests with something that looks more substantial. If you want to provide a wider choice of cheeses, just go for slightly larger pieces and enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.
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You may have already heard the sad news that the Fletcher family have made the difficult decision to cease making Berkswell cheese.
We are honoured to be able to offer you the last cheeses made at Ram Hall dairy.
This beautiful cheese was a cornerstone of the artisan British cheese renaissance; and it has held a cherished place on our shelves at The Fine Cheese Co. for over 30 years.
Berkswell has been more than just a cheese to us. It has been a piece of our history and a shining example of our founder Ann-Marie's passion for exceptional sheep's milk cheeses. She was an early supporter of Sheila Fletcher and afterwards of her son Stephen.
Over the years, we have been lucky enough to establish a happy relationship with this remarkable family, and we had hoped to continue enjoying Berkswell from Stephen and his son George for years to come, but the Fletchers have decided that the time has come to move on to a new chapter in their family story.
Stephen’s life has been dedicated to making his flock the best it could possibly be and ensuring that their milk was of the highest quality for cheesemaking. He has happily ensured that this legacy will continue by finding a new home for them at Sheaf House Farm in the Cotswolds. The cheesemaking baton is being passed on to David Jowett, whose own cheesemaking career began at Ram Hall over a decade ago. David will create a new cheese using the milk from Stephen's sheep.
The family will soon be leaving the farm that has been their home since 1881. Over the next few weeks, their remaining cheeses will be moved from their maturing room to ours, where we will continue to look after them as carefully as they did. We are privileged indeed to provide a last home for these cheeses and to be able to offer them to you; a slice of cheesemaking history, a culmination of years of hard work, and more simply, a delicious piece of cheese for you to savour.
*A whole Berkswell weighs approximately 2.5kg. Smaller weights are a cut of a whole cheese.
|Country of Origin||British Isles|
|Style of Cheese||Hard|
|Suitable For Pregnant Women?||Yes|
Unpasteurised Sheeps' milk 98%, Salt, Starter culture, Animal rennet (lamb's), Co-polymer cheese coating
|Nutritional Info (per 100g)||Energy 1780KJ, 429Kcal | Fat 34.9g, Of Which Saturated 18.1g | Carbohydrate 3.4g, Of Which Sugars <0.1g | Protein 25.3g | Salt 2.1g|
For allergens see ingredients in bold.
Keep refrigerated below 8°. Please eat within 10 days of receipt.