What does Stinking Bishop cheese taste like? It has a soft texture and a strong taste, which isn’t quite as pungent as the name would suggest but extremely tasty. Similar to an Epoisses but not quite as strong and a bit sturdier. Contrary to popular belief there is no pear such as the ‘Stinking Bishop’. The variety used in the perry (pear-based cider) in which this famous cheese is washed is actually called ‘Moorcroft’. The truth is is that the perry itself is eponymous with a malodourous and drunken member of a local family from yesteryear called Bishop who is said to have created the cider. This is a phenomenal cheese with a superb name and one of our favourites.
Where’s it from? Made with pasteurised cows milk and vegetarian rennet by Charles Martell in Dymock, Gloucestershire. It comes as a 500g whole circular cheese in a wooden case. You can also buy Stinking Bishop as a 200g ‘baby’.
Stinking Bishop is also available in The English Selection Box, The Wallace & Gromit Cracking Cheese Box, The Deluxe Cheese Hamper as well as The Connoisseur Gift Box.
Read more about Stinking Bishop in our feature ‘Stinking Bishop: the story of a masterpiece’ here.
Recipes using Stinking Bishop cheese:
If you can spare 115g for this wonderful tart you won’t regret it, and people will be asking you to make it time and time again…
Earthy mushrooms, moreish linguine and sweet (and extremely pongy!) Stinking Bishop are the core components of this dish. The recipe can be found in Milk Made which is a book about cheese… How to choose it, serve it and eat it.
Cheese gratin is already dreamy, so paired with this gorgeously creamy and sweet cheese takes this dish to a whole new level. It’s great paired with many dishes, but particularly good with lamb.
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