It’s been a stormy couple of months, in more ways than one. We’ve had heatwaves interspersed with foggy, murky days that feel more like October than July, awe-inspiring storms of nature, and slightly less awesome storms of the politcal variety.
There’s still a huge amount of uncertainty as to the impact that the dreaded ‘B’ word will have on businesses, especially when it comes to importing and exporting goods, and the possibility of a sharp increase in tarrifs. The prospect of the resulting price hikes in some of our favourite cheeses is distinctly unpalatable, but at the same time, there is also an opportunity for some of our British cheesemakers to step in and fill the void.
Typically, top-quality British cheese does tent to be a little more pricey than it’s imported rivals, but with the cost of European cheeses already on the rise, that gap is narrowing. We already have local(ish) answers to classic European cheeses like Camembert, Livarot, Pecorino, Gouda and many more, and there are rumours spreading about a very local version of Shaftesbury’s most popular cheese…
I have to say that I do still believe we’re better off as part of Europe, but any sotrm has a silver lining and I’ll look forward to seeing how our wonderful British cheesemakers make the most of it. In the meantime, Susie and I will carry on in the firm belief that cheese makes everything better.