David Stow Cheese (spelling)

Jul 19th, 2005, 12:57 PM
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David Stow Cheese (spelling)

Has anyone ever heard of David Stow cheese. My inlaws sent it to us from England and do not know where to find it. Will be in England in September - is there a store it can be bought at now?
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Jul 19th, 2005, 01:23 PM
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Marks and Sparks and large supermarkets - by the way it is one word "Davidstow"
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Jul 19th, 2005, 03:55 PM
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It is named after the village of Davidstow (and dairy of the same name) in Cornwall. It makes good cheeses w/ a couple of different brand names (I think Cathedral City is one).

It is pretty widely available in England.
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Jul 20th, 2005, 12:32 AM
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Davidstow Mature Cheddar is one of the brands Dairy Crest plc make at their Davidstow creamery - an industrial plant making around 700 tons of mature Cheddar a week (and being expanded). Nothing necessarily wrong with that, BTW: cheddar-making lends itself to industrial-scale production very well, provided it's managed impeccably.

Dairy Crest is Britain's largest cheese manufacturer, so it's big enough to be seriously kicked around by Britain's largest retailers, who like to keep on reminding their suppliers - especially those with delusions of importance - who's boss. So the major supermarkets and M+S will stock their products erratically, and often stock them only under the retailer's name. If there's Davidstow in Tesco or Sainsbury now, it's quite likely you'll find Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cornish extra-mature Cheddar in two months' time.

Meanwhile, Dairy Crest is also big enough (and has a long enough history of cheese vandalism) to be the cheese community's bete noire, so specialist cheese shops, like Paxton and Whitfield or Neal's Yard, will have a prejudice against their products.

You'd be wise to contact Dairy Crest direct (www.dairycrest.co.uk) just before leaving to check current stockists if having this precise brand matters. Alternatively, and far more fun, just meander round real cheese shops (or the cheese counter at larger Waitroses) tasting all their mature (6-12 months) or extra mature (>12 months) Cheddars till you find one you really like.
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Jul 20th, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Thank you all for this very valuable info. I look forward to trying many English cheese's. The English have made cheese making an art.

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