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4. Authentic Stilton Cheese at Long Clawson and Colston Basset

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Authentic Stilton Cheese at Long Clawson and Colston Basset

Known as the 'King of Cheeses,' Stilton Cheese may only be produced in the counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and is protected by a certification trademark. 

The cheese derives its name from the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire, not because it was made here, but because it was sold to coach travellers on the Great North Road, journeying between London and Scotland.
In the 18th Century, it was recorded that cheese for the Bell Inn, Stilton was procured by a Mrs Paulet, a cheese-making farmer’s wife living near Melton Mowbray, for her brother-in-law who was the landlord of the inn at that time. This story therefore connects Stilton cheese-making with the area around Melton Mowbray. Many villages in this area had small Stilton dairies in the nineteenth century, most of which have now disappeared.
Two of the most famous and best known dairies are based at Long Clawson and Colston Basset, which were founded just before the first world war. This is the real authentic Stilton Cheese that cannot be found anywhere else.

Long Clawson Dairy Address:
Long Clawson Dairy Limited
Long Clawson
Melton Mowbray
LE14 4PJ
England, UK
Colston Bassett Dairy Address:
Colston Bassett Dairy Limited
Harby Lane
Colston Bassett
NG12 3FN
England, UK

Opening Times:

Long Clawson
Buy Stilton online using the weblink below.

Colston Bassett

Retail shop opening hours  
Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm, Saturday, 9.00 am to 11.30 am.
Closed on Sundays & Bank Holidays
Long Clawson +44 (0)1664 822332

T Colston Bassett +44 (0)1949 81322

Long Clawson +44 (0)1664 823236

F Colston Bassett +44 (0)1949 81322

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