May Now Then magazine – for the love of cheese

With a bit of spring sunshine and lighter evenings, what could be better than a plate of cheese with a few of your favourite condiments, pickles and a chilled glass of wine?

You might love the classics, believing there is nothing better than a chunk of cheddar or a slab of brie – but what if there is? It’s time to be brave, step out of your cheese comfort zone and try something new.

To hone your knowledge, try a cheese club. Homage 2 Fromage run one at Tamper Sellers Wheel, with each month focused on a different theme. They’ve had everything, from Celtic cheese tastings to the most recent night, which was Italian-themed.

7 Hills Bakery on Sharrow Vale Road run a regular cheese, bread and wine evening, with cheeses from Porter Brook Deli alongside 7 Hills Bread and wine from Starmore Boss. Expect a traditional mix with a few choices to keep you on your toes. We’ve heard the German Montagnolo Affine is the one to try, a creamy cheese with a hint of blue, a little like brie.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a taste before you buy and seek out recommendations. Top tips from Mr Pickles on Abbeydale Road include Cryer and Stott’s vintage cheddar and the brie-style Flat Capper, as well as Swaledale’s blue cheese and Ribblesdale’s Gouda.

Read more here on Now Then magazine’s website and check out the cheeseboard tips from Cow Close Farm, Porter Brook Deli and Urban Pantry.