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June 4th may see our friends across the pond celebrating National Cheese Day, here at Lakings, we’ll take any excuse to celebrate all the gorgeousness fromage brings.

A day dedicated to the celebration of the age-old craft of making cheese, we are 100% here for it. While our American counterparts spend plenty of time on June 4th celebrating the most popular cheese in their culture, mozzarella, for us there are plenty of varieties worth talking about.

First up – and a rather timely cheese too – is Dambuster. Produced in Market Rasen, in honour of our Bomber Boys of 617 Squadron that was based at RAF Scampton during the Second World War and completed the famous Operation Chastise, this cheese is strong and robust – just like the Dambusters. Wrapped in its distinctive black wax coating, to help the cheese maintain its creamy texture, we love layering this on top of some Myers plum loaf, laden with a chutney or pickle.

Next up, it wouldn’t be a cheese party without Red Storm from the Snowdonia Cheese Company. An award-winning vintage red Leicester, Red Storm is typically aged for 18 months to create its tell-tale nutty flavour. With cheese fans saying, “Who knew Red Leicester was such a tasty cheese? Everyone commented on how brilliant it was at our party. If you’ve had supermarket red Leicester, you need to try this!” we think they’re right!

Last but by no means least, a firm favourite from our neighbours across the border – Yorkshire Wensleydale, from the Wensleydale Creamery. Encased in white wax, this is a creamy, crumbly full of flavour cheese, made in only one place in the world – Hawes. A pasteurized cheese, most famously a favourite of a certain man and his dog, Yorkshire Wensleydale is handmade to a time-honoured recipe using milk from local farms. Having been awarded Bronze at the World Cheese Awards it has more than earned its stripes to sit among the world’s best cheeses.

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