James’ Cheese specialises in washed rind cheeses, Francis, Burwood Bole and Little Colonel. He has his own washed rind maturing room at Gold Hill Organic Farm in Child Okeford, Dorset. He and his range of washed rind cheeses can be found at a range of events around the county. Make sure to look out for his popular cheeses, Hambeldon Hill, Okeford Beacon and Hod Hill at food and drink events all over the region.
James' passion for cheese began in 1988 when, aged 16, he secured a Saturday job in a well renowned cheesemongers and affineurs, called James’ of Beckenham owned by James Aldridge. When the shop was sold 1989, James took a full-time position with the new owners and continued to work in the retail side of the business until 1990, when he then went on to work for a cheese wholesalers in London before joining James Aldridge once again to work on the production of Tornegus. James Aldridge was a perfectionist and paid great attention to detail, teaching him everything he knows today.
In 2009, he moved to Dorset to work with Cranborne Chase Cheese and has stayed in the region working with cheese ever since. These days, James works with Lyburn Cheese and Chalke Valley Cheese and together, they have developed a new and exciting range of British washed rind cheeses. The cheese made at both these dairies are matured in James’ special maturing room in Child Okeford, Dorset.
James’ passion and expertise in the world of cheese has been acknowledged with him being selected to judge at both the World Cheese Awards and the British Cheese Awards.
Keep an eye on the website for a list of upcoming events and also to find a list of stockists. James’ Cheeses can also be found on a variety of hotel and restaurant menus.