Welcome to Colston Bassett Dairy…
Colston Bassett Dairy is the home of traditional Stilton and Shropshire Blue cheeses. Our dairy has been making outstanding cheese for over one hundred years and the farming co-operative which was first established in 1913, is still in operation today.
The Dairy developed from the vision of a local doctor, Dr William Windley - and we continue to make our cheese in the traditional way, using milk from local farms – all within 1.5 miles of the dairy in the Vale of Belvoir on the Nottinghamshire/ Leicestershire border. Both cheeses are created by a highly skilled and dedicated team of experienced staff – using the recipes that have been handed down through the generations. Renowned for its consistently excellent flavour, Colston Bassett is enjoyed by lovers of fine cheese all over the world.
Colston Bassett Dairy Tops the Charts Again..!
The 2014 International Cheese Awards crowned Colston Bassett Supreme Champion, as did the Great Yorkshire Show. Alongside the Supreme Champion title, Colston Bassett also took home The Cathedral City Crown Stilton Trophy for the Best Stilton Cheese, The CHR Hansen Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Best Other Blue Veined Cheese, the title of Champion UK plus Gold for Colston Bassett’s Shropshire Blue at the International Cheese Awards! Our Shropshire Blue was once again recognised with three gold stars in the Great Taste awards 2014. In November 2014 at the World Cheese Awards both Colston Bassett’s cheeses were awarded Golds. With such consistently high achievements, its safe to say that the Dairy has definitely made a great start to its second one hundred years!
These latest accolades follow on from a hugely successful centenary year when Stilton was named Best British Cheese at the 2013 World Cheese Awards.
Jason Hinds, Sales Director at Neal’s Yard Dairy, London; “With only four cheesemakers in the last one hundred years, Colston Bassett has maintained a tradition and quality of cheesemaking that is unparalleled in the Stilton world. It is the only Stilton that Neal’s Yard Dairy has carried for the last thirty three years, and is a favourite amongst our customers around the world, particularly in the USA and France.”