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 - Closed (except bank hols)
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 6pm-11pm
Thursday - 6pm-11pm
Friday - 6pm-11pm
Saturday - 12pm-11pm
Sunday - 12pm-8pm
Wednesday & Thursday 6pm until 7.45pm
Friday 6pm until 8.15pm (no lunch service Friday 26th July)
Saturday 12pm until 8.15pm
Sunday 12pm until 4pm (carvery until 3.30pm)
Please note: Last food and drinks orders are taken 15 minutes prior to the end of service.
Tables for 10 or more people will be subject to a non-refundable deposit of £5 pp.
(Please Note: we cannot always confirm bookings made via email. Please call us to book.)
Sunday carvery now available!
Get a fantastic home-cooked Sunday roast dinner from just £9.95
Served from 12pm every Sunday.