Colston Bassett Dairy was first established in 1913 and since this date has been making outstanding cheese in the village of Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire – the home of traditional Stilton and Shropshire Blue cheese. Colston Bassett began when the village doctor, Dr William Windley encouraged local farmers to begin a co-operative in order to add value to their milk, whilst on his rounds he sold shares to raise the necessary capital to build a cheese dairy.
Today the co-operative still sources milk from member farmers, all of which are located less than 1.5 miles from the dairy. Colston Bassett Dairy has maintained traditional cheesemaking methods – to ensure exceptional quality and consistency is achieved. The perfect Blue Stilton from Colston Bassett should be a rich cream colour with blue veining spread throughout – smooth, creamy and mellow.