Dovedale soft blue cheese from Derbyshire, England
Other namesDovedale Blue
Country of originEngland
RegionDerbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire
Source of milkCows
Aging time3–4 weeks
CertificationPDO 2007
Named afterDovedale

Dovedale, sold as Dovedale Blue, is a blue cheese. It is named after the Dovedale valley in the Peak District, near where it is produced.

Dovedale is a soft, creamy cheese with a mild blue flavour.[1][2][3] It is made from full fat cow's milk.[1][2][3] Unusually for a British cheese, it is brine dipped, rather than dry-salted, giving it a distinctive continental appearance and flavour.[1][3]

In 2007, Dovedale was awarded Protected designation of origin (PDO) status, meaning that it must be traditionally manufactured within 50 miles (80 km) of the Dovedale valley.[2] The original cheese was invented and is still produced at the Hartington Creamery in Derbyshire;[1][4] a version is also produced by the Staffordshire Cheese Company in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Robert (1995). The Great Cheeses of Britain and Ireland. London: Aurum Press. p. 131. ISBN 1-85410-338-5. DOVEDALE. J.M.Nuttall, Hartington Creamery, Buxton, Derbyshire. Creamery. Type: Cows milk, soft, full fat. Soft, creamy cheese with a mild blue flavour. The 512 lb (2.5 kg) discs are brine dipped, instead of being dry-salted, and foil-wrapped. See also DAIRY CREST.
  2. ^ a b c "Protected food name: Dovedale cheese (PDO)". GOV.UK. 7 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Dovedale". British Cheese Board. Archived from the original on 25 September 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2017. Dovedale is a sumptuous, creamy soft, mild blue cheese. Most British cheeses are dry salted, however Dovedale is brine dipped to add the salt giving it a distinctive continental appearance and flavour.
  4. ^ "Cheese Making in Hartington". Hartington Creamery. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Dovedale Blue & Black and Blue". Staffordshire Cheese Company. Retrieved 26 July 2017.