Dovedale cheese

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Other names Dovedale Blue
Country of origin England
Region Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire
Town Hartington, Leek, Staffordshire
Source of milk Cows
Pasteurised Yes
Texture semi-soft
Aging time 3–4 weeks
Certification PDO 2003

Dovedale, also marketed as Dovedale Blue, is a cheese from the Peak District of Great Britain. It takes its name from a part of the River Dove on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border known as Dovedale.

Dovedale is a full-fat semi-soft blue-veined cheese made from cow's milk. It was formerly produced only in the Hartington Creamery in Derbyshire which closed in 2009. There are plans to restart production at the Staffordshire Cheese Company in Leek.[1] It has a creamy texture and a relatively mild flavour for a blue cheese; unusually for British cheeses, it is brine-dipped instead of being dry-salted.[2] It has been granted Protected Designation of Origin by the EU.[3]

The Product Authentication Inspectorate Ltd has set a standard for Dovedale, referred to as PAI Specification AS06.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "This Is Business Staffordshire 2009
  2. ^ "Dovedale Cheese". British Cheese Board. 
  3. ^ "Protected food name: Dovedale (PDO)". 
  4. ^ "Schedule of Accreditation" (PDF). United Kingdom Accreditation Service. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2010. [dead link]