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Cropwell Bishop Creamery

Cropwell

Cropwell

Cropwell Bishop Creamery

Blue Stilton is one of the most tasty, traditional and worldwide known British cheeses. This cheese is so highly regarded that it is one of a handful of British varieties to have been granted protected trademark status be the European Commission. Only Stilton made from pasteurised cow’s milk in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire can legally use the name, and there are just six dairies in the world licenced to make Stilton cheese.

The Blue Stilton you get from Hay Hampers is produced by Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire, the last family owned Stilton producers in the UK with more than 160 years of cheese making experience.

Over the years Cropwell Bishop have won many awards including Supreme Champion Cheese at the prestigious Nantwich international Cheese Show.

The milk is supplied to Cropwell Bishop creamery by just 15 family run local farms. Once the milk has been received the Head cheese maker, Mario sets to work. It takes 136 pints of milk (78 litres) to make one 17lb (8kg) Stilton cheese. Once formed,  the cheese cylinders called truckles are stored in maturing rooms for about 5 weeks. Then they are pierced to allow oxygen into the cheese enabling the blue mould to develop and give the cheese it’s characteristic ‘veiny’ appearance. Piercing is repeated a week later, before each cheese is individually graded, packaged and dispatched.

Stilton is still made in much the same way as it was when Daniel Defoe, writing his ‘Tour through England and Wales’ in 1727, remarked that he “pass’d Stilton, a town famous for cheese, which is call’d our English parmesan, and is brought to table with the mites, or maggots round it, so thick, that they bring a spoon with them for you to eat the mites with, as you do the cheese” And yet Stilton was never made in the town of Stilton!

Stilton is situated on the old Great North Road. In the 18th century , the town was a staging post for coaches travelling to and from London to York. The horses would be changed and traveller served light refreshments at one of the town’s hostelries. Cooper Thornhill, an East Midlands entrepreneur, was landlord at the famous Bell Inn and it was he who introduced travellers to the soft, creamy, blue veined cheese which subsequently took its name from the town. Thornhill had bought the cheese from a farmer’s wife by the name of Frances Pawlett who lived near Melton Mowbray. Today the mites have gone but the Stilton remains.

Stilton is best consumed at room temperature. It is perfectly matched to a sweet and weighty wine either Port, a dry Sherry or a claret work well. 

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Cropwell Bishop Creamery

Blue Stilton is one of the most tasty, traditional and worldwide known British cheeses. This cheese is so highly regarded that it is one of a handful of British varieties to have been granted protected trademark status be the European Commission. Only Stilton made from pasteurised cow’s milk in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire can legally use the name, and there are just six dairies in the world licenced to make Stilton cheese.

The Blue Stilton you get from Hay Hampers is produced by Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire, the last family owned Stilton producers in the UK with more than 160 years of cheese making experience.

Over the years Cropwell Bishop have won many awards including Supreme Champion Cheese at the prestigious Nantwich international Cheese Show.

The milk is supplied to Cropwell Bishop creamery by just 15 family run local farms. Once the milk has been received the Head cheese maker, Mario sets to work. It takes 136 pints of milk (78 litres) to make one 17lb (8kg) Stilton cheese. Once formed,  the cheese cylinders called truckles are stored in maturing rooms for about 5 weeks. Then they are pierced to allow oxygen into the cheese enabling the blue mould to develop and give the cheese it’s characteristic ‘veiny’ appearance. Piercing is repeated a week later, before each cheese is individually graded, packaged and dispatched.

Stilton is still made in much the same way as it was when Daniel Defoe, writing his ‘Tour through England and Wales’ in 1727, remarked that he “pass’d Stilton, a town famous for cheese, which is call’d our English parmesan, and is brought to table with the mites, or maggots round it, so thick, that they bring a spoon with them for you to eat the mites with, as you do the cheese” And yet Stilton was never made in the town of Stilton!

Stilton is situated on the old Great North Road. In the 18th century , the town was a staging post for coaches travelling to and from London to York. The horses would be changed and traveller served light refreshments at one of the town’s hostelries. Cooper Thornhill, an East Midlands entrepreneur, was landlord at the famous Bell Inn and it was he who introduced travellers to the soft, creamy, blue veined cheese which subsequently took its name from the town. Thornhill had bought the cheese from a farmer’s wife by the name of Frances Pawlett who lived near Melton Mowbray. Today the mites have gone but the Stilton remains.

Stilton is best consumed at room temperature. It is perfectly matched to a sweet and weighty wine either Port, a dry Sherry or a claret work well. 

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Hay Hampers are passionate creators and suppliers of luxury wine and food gifts -not just at Christmas,  We have gifts for every occasion. We have a wide range of birthday gift hampers, Valentine's Day or thank you gifts with delicious, gourmet food and the best wines are our specialism.  All our gifts are beautifully packaged and sent with free UK delivery including a proper gift card (we even inspire you with gift messages here). We cater bulk orders and bespoke hampers for our corporate business customers sending hamper gifts to employees or clients. We are passionate about customer service and will always do whatever we can to help you. Call, email, live chat, facebook message or try our help pages for assistance.

Our mission is to make gift giving an easy pleasure with our perfectly presented premium products! We hope your recipient enjoys their hamper and have a Very "Hampery" Christmas with one of our best-selling food and wine gifts include luxury cheese board selections for him. or a chocolate hamper for her. Try something different with our authentic range of Italian hampers with Prosecco for foodies. We also love our range of craft beer & snack gifts. Our range includes gin & whisky spirit gifts. We also have a range of traditional British foods, such as Port & Stilton, or Afternoon Tea gift, and special dietary requirements gifts such as Vegan hampers so you can find the best hamper gift for you.