FANS of Stinking Bishop cheese can now pick up the Gloucester old mould while on a shopping ‘brie’ in Birmingham.
Stinking Bishop, produced by Charles Martell and Son and once named the UK’s smelliest cheese, will be sold at a new artisan cheese counter which opens tomorrow at Selfridges.
Charles Martell and Sons have been producing local cheeses made from their rare breed Old Gloucester cows at Hunts Court Farm, in Dymock for the past four decades.
They have developed a range of hard and soft cheeses, from single and double Gloucester cheeses to the well-known Stinking Bishop.
Richard Dunnett, operations manager for Charles Martell and Son, said: “The rind of Stinking Bishop is washed in perry which gives it its characteristic flavour, brown, pink rind and pungent smell.
“It is monastic type of cheese which owes its origin to the Cistercian order of monks who once farmed the pastures of Hunts Court Farm.
“The cheese is named after the Stinking Bishop pear, which in turn owes its moniker to a mid 19th century farmer called Fredrick Bishop.
“He gained the nickname Stinking Bishop for his hell-raising and riotous behaviour.
“Infamously, he once took a cow to market and was determined to drink through the entire proceeds of the sales before heading home.
“He managed it, but ended up firing his gun at a kettle for being too slow to boil.
“A true character, rather like our cheese.”
From strong and stinky through to creamy and nuanced, Selfridges in Birmingham will showcase a variety of local cheeses.
Adrian Boswell, cheese and deli buyer for Selfridges, said: “There are a vast amount of quality dairy producers in the Birmingham region and we really wanted to give the best local cheese producers a platform they can shout from.”