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A top-class family-run dairy who, since 1952, have been making what is considered to be the best Cheshire Cheese. They also make this in a smoked version and Appleby's Double Gloucester.

This is made with both morning and evening unpasteurised milk from their herd of Friesian cattle, which produces around 4,000 litres of milk a day, at Hawkstone Abbey Farm, Weston-Under-Redcastle, Shropshire, SY4 5LN.

Although not in Cheshire, the farm benefits from its richness in salt – from a band that covers much of Cheshire, parts of Lancashire, Staffordshire and Shropshire – and this gives the cheese special characteristics. For more information contact Appleby's, Monkhouse, Broadoak, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3HP Tel: 01939-290399 (

If you enjoy cooking take a minute to look at ‘Simon Scrutton Cookery Classes’ on Google – and learn how to make top class bistro-style dishes. Suitable for beginners upwards.

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