For years Lincolnshire had no cheese to call its own but the situation was rectified in 1992 by brothers Simon and Tim Jones, who began making Lincolnshire Poacher cheese on their farm at Ulceby in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
A hard, unpasteurised cow’s milk cheese, Lincolnshire Poacher is matured for between 12 and 24 months and is described as being somewhere between the continental hard mountain cheeses (such as Comte) and traditional West Country Cheddar.
Nowadays Lincolnshire has several cheese producers: Lymn Bank Farm near Skegness produces a range of flavoured cheeses while Cote Hill Farm near Market Rasen produces a range of cheeses including blue veined Cote Hill Blue and Yellow Belly, a mild young cheese.. Goatwood Dairy make a variety of goats cheese from their own herd.
Greater Lincolnshire – Food & Drink – Beer
A similar renaissance is being enjoyed in the brewing industry, reflecting a growing national interest in real ale and craft beers. Only a generation ago the only Lincolnshire beer to be had was from Batemans, the celebrated family brewery based in Wainfleet near the coast. Founded in 1874, Batemans survived a takeover attempt in the 1980s and has now passed through four generations of the Bateman family. While their beer continues to win awards, Batemans is now just one of at least a dozen thriving small breweries, all producing a wide variety of styles for the discerning drinker.
Greater Lincolnshire – Food & Drink – Plum bread
No account of Lincolnshire delicacies would be complete without a slice of Lincolnshire plum bread! It’s a misnomer, of course, as there are no plums in it; but there is dried fruit (usually soaked first in tea), and the sweet cake-like bread is flavoured with cinnamon and allspice. Traditionally Lincolnshire plum bread is served with a slice of cheese – try one from a Lincolnshire producer!