Does anyone know where to get raw milk or properly aged cheeses in the UK?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I am fine when I eat home-made yoghurt, it seems to do me good, but when I eat cheese it makes me sneeze and have rhinitus, v annoying. Now, I know what you're all gonna say, just stop eating the stuff..but I just can't seem to kick it. I don't miss grains or beans one bit, but cheese is in the house for the kids and sometimes when I get hungry I just crave it badly!

I am making kefir currently in the hope that this will help my (suspected) lactose intolerance, but I'm wondering if the UK supermarket cheeses that claim to be mature, are not in fact matured to the point of low lactose. And maybe there are better sources out there, that do not cost the earth, perhaps online? A friend of mine said that his mum could eat certain types of cheese but not others, as they are all made differently. Any cheese experts who could explain the differences to me?

Much appreciated. And if you're going to say 'stop eating cheese' cos its not really paleo, maybe some tips on why I am craving it so bad and how I can stop? :D



on April 30, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Oh thank you everybody. I am in Devon, so should be surrounded by cheese I think, but I find it a bit daunting when I am the small delis and don't know what to get! Also, we are on a budget so I like to know how much I'll be paying before I buy if you know what I mean. I so wish that Waitrose/Ocado were within delivery range as everyone seems to rave about their food - they keep taunting me with ads but am too far! :) I am gonna get my first Hook and Sons delivery of raw milk on Wednesday for my kefir-making, v. excited! Really hoping I get on better with that.

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:57 PM

You don't say where you are in the UK - but if you're in / near Sussex, Hook & Son do raw milk, cream and butter. And if you're lucky enough to be on their routes, they also deliver.

Hook & Sons

With regards to cheese - I've found Sainsbury's doing raw goat's cheese - but this was around Christmas time when cheese is everywhere, and I've not been back since.


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on April 29, 2012
at 10:42 PM

The only unpasteurised/raw organic cheese I've been able to get hold of are:

Red23 have a whole bunch of raw cheese. You can get the Hafod Cheddar from Neal's Yard Dairy and Waitrose as well. Waitrose is the most cost-effective option.

One mature raw pastured cheese that isn't on Red23 is Ferrari Parmigiano Reggiano (a kind of parmesan). You can buy it at Waitrose, Ocado and probably some other supermarkets.

If properly matured but pasteurised cheese is acceptable, I can recommend Waitrose's extra mature organic cheddar.


on April 29, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Neal's Yard Dairy offers some the world's best cheeses!


on April 29, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Oliver's in Inglewhite nr Preston Lancashire does organic raw dairy, cream, yogurt, eggs etc and are selling cheeses from nearby producer.



on April 29, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Check the labels on cheeses - I know Sainsburys Gruyere is unpasteurised, as is Tescos i think, and other continental cheeses can be unpasteurised. Any local cheese shops near you to sell speciality / "real" cheese?



on April 28, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Look up: www.naturalfoodfinder.co.uk/unpasteurised-raw-milk-uk

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