Suitable for Vegetarians: NO

Type of Milk: COWS

Pasteurised / Unpasteurised: Pasteurised


We take our commitments to customer safety extremely seriously and we always strive, through our food safety procedures, to ensure we sell safe food. Our Cheese’s, Cured meats and many other open food products require special preparation and handling and whilst we can guarantee our processes are robust, we must point out that products are prepared in a working kitchen environment where Gluten, Nuts, Seeds, and unpasteurised products are present.

Colston Bassett Stilton Cheese

  • Stilton was given its name by the village of stilton just south of Peterborough where it was first made and traded. Due to its history it has been awarded PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin) – meaning that today, Blue stilton cheese can only be made in the three adjacent counties of Nottingham, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.


    We are often asked how Stilton gets its Blue veining.  When the pasteurised milk is placed into the cheese vats, a starter AND blue mould culture is added (Peninillium Roqueforti) - the rest is similar to any other cheese production, adding the rennet which separates the Curds & Whey. Once the set curd begins maturing, needles are injected into the cheese to allow air to penetrate deep inside the cheese stimulating the mould growth and ultimately giving the distinctive veining.


    The cheese should be a creamy colour with blue veining throughout. The texture should be creamy and soft with a mellow flavour and no sharp acidic taste from the blue.


    Stilton is a very diverse cheese and not just something to put on a cheeseboard at Christmas. It works well melted on Steaks and burgers and pairs very well with Ginger or Chocolate. Equally, keep it simple and serve with sticks of celery!


    Wine Pairing:

    We recommend a Tawny/vintage Port, Perhaps even an Italian Vin Santo. For standard wines, we serve this a Cabernet Sauvignon or even a Sauternes.

  • ·  All cheeses/meats will be cut by hand to best accommodate the chosen size, however as they are cut by hand we cannot guarantee to match the chosen weight precisely. They may be over or slightly under.


    · We guarantee that all products leaving the Olive Tree will be in excellent condition when passed to our courier for shipment. We will not be liable for any damaged stock/products that arrive at the customers address. If you receive any damaged goods then please contact us immediately.


    · Products will arrive dated with a “Use By” date and must be adhered to accordingly. Products that require refrigeration will arrive under temperature-controlled conditions. It is the customers responsibility to manage both the temperature and date of the product from the point of delivery. As part of our due diligence, all perishable goods will leave the shop at the correct storage temperature and with sufficient shelf life.


    · The majority of our stock is perishable and cannot be returned unless specifically directed to do so by the Olive Tree Delicatessen. For non-perishable products which are required to be returned, they will be returned at the customer’s expense and, provided they are returned in good condition within 10 working days of original receipt, a credit will be issued for the price paid.


    · As the stock is from the shop, from time to time we may have sold out of the selected product before the online order reaches us, in which case we reserve the right to substitute the product with either something equal or superior. Similarly, if we believe the quality of product is not good enough, we will not send. If this occurs we will contact you to inform of the situation and arrange a substitute or refund.


    · If the customer has requested delivery with “Additional Instructions”, it is imperative for the quality and temperature management of the product that it is not placed in direct sunlight or in a place where the packaging may become damaged.


    · If you are unhappy at all with either with your product(s) or experience please contact the Store Manager within 24 hours on 01352 744949 of delivery.