If you’re choosing a blue Stilton, you want to pick the very best you can. Cropwell Bishop Creamery produces more award winning stilton than anyone else, using organic cows’ milk and methods that haven’t really changed since the 17th century. Beautifully smooth, buttery and mellow with a delicate spiciness, this is the English king of cheeses. Even the French admire it.
PDO rules mean that Stilton can only be made in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire – not in Stilton itself, which is in Cambridgeshire. People are still arguing about the origins of the cheese, which was mentioned by Daniel Defoe in 1724.