In addition to fulfilling his roles as chef, brewer, lecturer, father and farmer, our landlord Matteo has been perfecting the recipe for Bircher Blue cheese for a little over 10 years! Having grown up in Sardinia where being self-sufficient is the norm, Matteo was inspired by his grandparents' talent for cheese making and so embarked upon a Derbyshire cheesemaking journey himself.
Starting in a rather large pan in our kitchen, Bircher Blue slowly developed and became refined, finally becoming the rich, buttery cheese we enjoy today. We have long since left the 'big pan' method behind and now produce our cheese at Woodthorpe Manor farm in Tupton, using milk from Roger Marriott's herd there. Roger comes from three generations of dairy farmers and looks after his cows like a doting father! Fed on the best home grown grain, the cows are milked, the milk pasturised and fed into our cheese making vats within the hour, ensuring optimum quality and freshness.
Bircher Blue cheese is a creamy, sweet blue cheese with a richness only made possible by using the best quality milk.
Our cheese is available to buy from the bar and from:
Red Lion Birchover
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Friday :
Drinks 6pm to 10pm
Food 6pm to 8pm
Pizza only on Wednesday evenings (eat in or take away. Pre-booked)
Fish and chips available to take away on Thursday evenings (Pre-booked)
Take away food must be booked by 3pm on the day it is required and must be consumed off the premises
Drinks 12pm to 11pm
Food 12pm to 4pm/5pm to 8pm
Drinks 12pm to 8pm
Food 12pm to 6pm
We do not book our outside tables. We ask that there be a maximum of 6 people at each table inside or outside.
Inside tables are very limited and we cannot accommodate groups of more than 6. Larger groups are not permitted to book/occupy multiple tables. A non-refundable deposit of £5 per person will be taken on booking. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
(Please Note: we cannot confirm bookings made via email. Please call us to book.)