Ford Farm is a West Country farmhouse cheesemaker idyllically located in England’s rolling Dorset Downs, overlooking the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. One of the few remaining traditional farmhouse cheddar makers, Ford Farm produces three-quarters of the UK’s cheddar cheese. Their cheddars are made using centuries-old methods and recipes. They use only the very best milk, sourced from local, free-range dairy herds that graze the lush pastures of the surrounding countryside and the process is performed almost exclusively by hand.
Try serving a traditional British ploughman’s lunch, featuring artisan English cheddars from Ford Farm with a thick wedge of crusty bread or baguette, sliced meats, chutney and pickles, and always served alongside a mug of beer! We’ve taken the guess work out of the equation to provide you with some of our favorite pairings, and we recommend you mix and match to discover your own dream team.
Rich, rugged and mature cheddar, aged for a minimum of fifteen months. Often characterized with a distinctive crunch–a result of
the calcium lactate crystals which form naturally in the cheese
as it matures.
Pair with IPA This cheddar’s crumbly texture and sharp bite hold their own against the hop-forward bitterness of a Pacific Northwest India pale ale.
Caramelized Onion Cheddar
The cheese is mixed with a deliciously sweet and tangy confit of caramelized onion marmalade with hints of clove, ginger and lemon.
Pair with a clean, crisp Pilsner with delicate citrus flavors and lively carbonation—a beer that refreshes the palate, but doesn’t compete with the distinctive notes in this cheese.
Double Gloucester with Spring Onions and Chives
A tasty combination of mellow Double Gloucester, made using a traditional Cotswold recipe, and zingy spring onion and dried chives.
Pair with a British Nut Brown Ale A relatively dry ale with rich, nutty color and palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts to enhance the complexity of this rich, creamy cheddar.
Smoked Coastal Cheddar
Rich, full-bodied and smoked with oak, this cheese has a sharp bite and a light smokiness.
Pair with a British pale ale The sweet, malty character and floral hoppiness of this pub ale complement the depth of this mature, smoked cheese.