Sussex cheese

With Easter fast approaching, the cheese makers at the High Weald Dairy are busy making and packing cheese. After Christmas, it’s one of our busiest times of the year as people get together to mark the occasion and share a meal. Much of the cheese we make is destined for farm shops, delicatessens and the cheese boards of restaurants near our base in Sussex. Due to the current lock down we now offer a selection of hampers and cheese boxes directly from the dairy and make great alternative Easter presents.

Supermarkets and shops are packed to the rafters with chocolate eggs and sweet treats at this time of year so something savoury can be a welcome alternative – and just as decadent. If you’ve been invited to spend Easter with friends or family, contributing a cheese selection to finish the meal can be a thoughtful touch and is an Easter gift that can be shared by all the family.

With Easter fast approaching, the cheese makers at the High Weald Dairy are busy making and packing cheese. After Christmas, it’s one of our busiest times of the year as people get together to mark the occasion and share a meal. Much of the cheese we make is destined for farm shops, delicatessens and the cheese boards of restaurants near our base in Sussex. Due to the current lock down we now offer a selection of hampers and cheese boxes directly from the dairy and make great alternative Easter presents.

Supermarkets and shops are packed to the rafters with chocolate eggs and sweet treats at this time of year so something savoury can be a welcome alternative – and just as decadent. If you’ve been invited to spend Easter with friends or family, contributing a cheese selection to finish the meal can be a thoughtful touch and is an Easter gift that can be shared by all the family.

And if you’re doing the cooking, how about choosing your own selection of British cheeses from the High Weald Dairy to round off a special lunch? If you can’t make it to see friends and family this Easter, you can even order a cheese selection box online for delivery to a friend or family member’s home in the same way you would a bouquet of flowers.

Our cheese selections – alternative Easter presents

Our cheese selection boxes are available throughout the year and are a great gift for foodies and cheese lovers, whatever the occasion so whether you are looking for something different for Mother’s Day, an alternative birthday gift or a token of thanks, they are well worth considering.

We have several different cheese selections available including an Alternative Selection, featuring only sheep and goat milk cheeses, a Mellow Selection with some of our milder cheeses and a Sussex Selection which celebrates the area in which our cheese is made. We also introduce seasonal selections at different times of the year and can pack a special hamper of cheese to order according to your preferences.

Sustainable British cheese gifts

High Weald Dairy sheep, cow and goat milk cheeses are made and packaged from start to finish at our dairy in Horsted Keynes, West Sussex using milk sourced as locally as possible. We are proud of our eco-credentials and pack our cheese selections in cardboard presentation boxes with recycled packing materials made from shredded paper so, aside from being delicious, they are sustainable and environmentally-friendly too.

Our range of selection boxes and vouchers are all available to order online although, if you live locally, you can avoid the delivery charge by popping in to see us at the High Weald Dairy office at Tremains Farm to buy your cheese.

We also sell a slate cheese board and Horsham Sussex Thins biscuits which complement our cheeses and often have Ouse Valley Chutneys available from the office too.

  • Easter Selection – Cheese Hamper

    Celebrate Easter with our Easter Selection – Cheese Hamper.

    We have chosen our creamiest cheese’s, that are great for sharing, cooking and make an ideal gift for an alternative to chocolate.

    Your cheese hamper will include:
    Ashdown Forseters – Cow cheese 150g
    Saint Giles cheese – Cow cheese 150g
    Sister Sarah cheese – Goat cheese 125g
    Sussex Chilli Marble – Cow cheese 150g
    Plain Slipcote – Sheep cheese 100g
    Horsham Gingerbread – Sussex thins 175g
    Barties Chutney – Spicy Pineapple 115g

    Order online via the link below, or use our click and collect service via our website.

    *Last date for delivery 13thh April for delivery before 14th of April.
    **Please note we will be closed bank holiday Friday  for click and collect.

    Alternative Easter gifts

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    £30.00

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We are always pleased to see our cheeses being used on local restaurant and pub menus – either as an ingredient or as part of a British or Sussex cheese board. One place we’re particularly proud to have an association with is the restaurant at nearby Gravetye Manor, where a focus on seasonal local produce has helped win it a Michelin Star.

But in January the tables were turned when, instead of cheese being taken the seven short miles from the High Weald Dairy to the kitchen at Gravetye, the kitchen came to visit the cheese!

The restaurant at Gravetye is currently closed (until May 2018) for an extensive remodelling which has given the chefs a chance to go out and visit some of their local suppliers to learn more about the produce they use. We were happy to be among the places selected and hosted a team of 16 chefs, led by Head Chef George Blogg, on a half-day visit.

Head Cheese Maker Chris Heyes showed the chefs around the Dairy and took them through the process of making Brighton Blue. The chefs were then welcomed to our Sussex cheese school to make mozzarella with Mark before a tasting of six of our cheeses.

Championing local produce

Head Chef George said: “It was an incredible experience. To be able to go around and see, from start to finish, the process of making Brighton Blue was fantastic. It’s such a great blue cheese.

“We want to champion things that are extremely regional, as long as they are good enough, so using produce from the High Weald Dairy makes complete sense. Our guests come to us because there’s a level of quality they expect and they want to eat things that are local and regional.”

George said the whole experience has given all the chefs a better understanding of the cheese we produce and has also fuelled their imaginations and given new ideas which may start appearing on the menus when the restaurant re-opens in May.

He said: “Something we are going to try and do is make some light curd with our guests at the table. Without going to the Dairy and seeing and talking to Mark I wouldn’t have the knowledge or experience to be able to do that.”

Sussex cheese on the move

In fact, shortly after the visit George was championing Sussex cheese alongside produce from Gravetye’s own impressive kitchen garden at the gastronomic event – Obsession. This international festival of food sees a different chef take over the kitchen at the Northcote Hotel in Lancashire every night for 18 nights in a showcase of talent from around the world. The chefs are challenged to create a unique menu for their night and we were thrilled to learn that George used cow’s curd from the High Weald Dairy in his first course which centres around celeriac grown at Gravetye.

If you would like to try some of George and his team’s inventive menus you can make reservations on Gravetye Manor’s website where you will also find more information about the new restaurant they are building. Look out for High Weald Dairy cheeses on the menu. They are often used as an ingredient in recipes like George’s lunch menu starter of Heritage Garden Beetroot Salad with High Weald Dairy Cow’s Curd, which he has been kind enough to share with us. Our St Giles and Brighton Blue cheeses are also fairly firm fixtures on the local Sussex cheese selection or their Best of British selection.

If you like the sound of the chefs’ experience at High Weald Dairy, why not book yourself a place on our one-day cheese-making course at our Sussex cheese school where you will get the chance to tour the dairy and will have the chance to learn how to make cheese at home?