If you dine in a Parisian restaurant today, chances are you’ll find Cheddar or Stilton on the cheese board alongside Roquefort and Comté. In fact, British cheese is the new thing since shedding its reputation as tasteless, mass-produced, wax-wrapped bricks.
Over the past decade, exports of British cheese have generally increased. Wyke Farms, a major producer in Somerset, now ships 6,000 tonnes of cheese a year to more than 160 countries. According to the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Council, exports to Europe in the second quarter of 2022 increased by 22% compared to the same period the previous year (admittedly, in 2021 they were affected by Brexit uncertainty).
Our neighbor across the Channel is therefore emerging as a significant market. While artisan cheesemaker Neal’s Yard Dairy exported €500,000 worth of British cheese to France in 2014, this figure has risen to €1m. euros in 2021, with France becoming its second largest market after the United States.
Cheddar and stilton in fashion in Paris
British cheese is all the rage. Thus, the artisan cheese dairy Taka & Vermo, located near the Gare du Nord, in Paris, offers cheddar and stilton for sale. In restaurants like Frenchie or [la brasserie d’inspiration britannique] L’Entente, guests can finish their meal with a platter of British cheeses, including classics such as Stilton and Cheddar, as well as lesser-known cheeses. Oliver Woodhead, the British owner of L’Entente, even appeared on French television to promote British cheese. This should no longer be taken lightly.
There is nothing surprising in this, as almost 150,000 French people currently live in the UK, and a much higher number of residents of France have lived at some point in their lives in the United Kingdom Uni, where they acquired a taste for British food. Moreover, young Frenchmen who are as tempted by adventure as