3 English Cheeses Calling Your Name
Hello, cheese lover! Come and get me. I’m a spectacular English cheese and I’d like to show you how great I am for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, or for just snacking.
Britain produces more than 900 varieties of cheese – that’s more than France or Italy or the U.S. That’s an even more remarkable statistic when one considers that cheesemaking in Britain went into serious decline in the 16th century when King Henry VIII issued his edict to close all the monasteries. The effect on cheese production was felt immediately as cheese was made only by peasant farmers and by monks.
After partially rebounding, the cheese industry was again almost entirely wiped out during World Wars I and II. During WWII, only one kind of English cheese was made. Fortunately, the latter half of the 20th century showed a strong resurgence in artisanal cheese making. Cheese exports are now way up, and English cheese is much sought after. Even the French are showing a great liking for UK cheeses!
Many cheeses are named after the place they were made; Cheddar, Wyfe of Bath, Double Gloucester, and Stilton are among the most famous. This weekend, we’ll have three of those bright and delicious cheeses for you.