Christmas orders are now being taken. Simply place your order and select the date you would like to receive your cheese. For local delivery info please click here. Christmas orders can be placed until 4th December. After then we offer counter service only all the way to Christmas Eve. For our December opening hours please click here.
For delivery the week before Christmas you can choose either Wednesday 20th December or Thursday 21st December. Our normal £5.95 delivery charge* applies for all orders including local customers who want delivery on these dates. (* increased charges apply for Highlands and Islands)
Collections are from our sister shop, The Loose Larder, at 15 Reading Road.
£3.60 – £21.60
Mont D’Or PDO is only made between 15th August & 15th March and so is only available to buy between September & May. Ours is made in the French Alps. It has a rich, sweet flavour with grassy undertones.
Mont d’Or PDO is a soft, creamy, runny cheese named after the Golden Mountain in the French Alps. There are two camps when it comes to this wonderful alpine cheese. You can either go French where it is called Mont d’Or PDO, or Swiss where it is Vacherin Mont d’Or. We prefer the French variety and so this is the one we stock when we can.
Mont d’Or is only made between 15th August and the 15th March. We are only allowed to sell it between 10th September and 10th April. However, it reaches its absolute peak between November and February. The reason why it is only made in the winter is because this is when the cows have come down from their alpine pastures to shelter from the snow. The rest of the year their milk goes to make the large wheels of Comté which are produced in the same geographical area.
Mont d’Or is protected by its PDO status which states that it must be unpasteurised Montbéliarde or Simmental cows’ milk. Also, it must be made in the Jura region. This is the area of the Alps between France and Switzerland. The cheeses are all made by hand and they are so soft that they have a belt of spruce bark wrapped around their edges to stop them from collapsing. This belt is slightly smaller in diameter than the cheese which gives the bloomy rind a unique undulating appearance. The boxes that the cheeses come in are also made from spruce.
We also sell the baby version of this cheese. It is perfect for baking.
The cheese itself is rich and creamy with its rind adding a delicious tang. It has a sweet flavour with grassy undertones. Traditionally in France they would always pair Mont d’Or with a local wine called Jaune. We like to pair it with a sherry.
Ingredients (Allergens are listed in capitals)
MILK, rennet, salt, ferments
Normal opening Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm until:
Christmas Eve 9am – 12pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Wednesday 27th Closed
Thursday 28th Closed
Friday 29th 9am-4pm
Saturday 30th 9am-4pm
Sunday 31st Closed
New Year’s Day Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 9am-4pm then as normal
After Christmas our courier delivery slots start from 10th January.