£2.60 – £15.60
Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese is a two to three month old Creamy Lancashire. It is light and almost fluffy in texture with a deep savoury taste with buttery notes.
Lancashire cheeses are generally labelled as being either Creamy or Tasty. Creamy cheeses are matured for between one to three months whereas Tasty cheeses are matured for three months to a year. Some factory made variations call themselves Crumbly Lancashires; these tend to be sharper in flavour as they are younger than the traditional varieties.
Graham Kirkham is the 3rd generation of his family still using the traditional methods that makes this award winning cheese so wonderful. With 100 head of dairy cows, a large new diary has been built to accommodate the demand for such a high quality cheese.
Made over two days, the evening milk is stored and while the morning’s milk is still warm from milking it is combined with the previous day’s. The milk then goes straight into the vat for making. All cheeses are cloth bound and buttered, this allows the cheese to breath while it matures for 2-3 months. Graham also produces a Vintage Lancashire which we sometimes have in as a guest cheese.
The very best way to enjoy Kirkham’s Lancashire is to cut into a warm Eccles cake, pour a glass of White Burgundy and serve with a hunk (not a slice) of cheese.