Known as the 'King of cheeses'. An ivory-coloured, blue-veined, creamy cow's milk cheese, traditionally served with port and consumed at Christmas. It is thought first to have been made by a housekeeper at Quenby Hall, near Leicester, to a recipe called Lady Beaumont's Cheese. She sold her cheeses to a relative who owned a pub at nearby Stilton called the Bell Inn. Many copies have been made but the rules have now been laid down. A true Stilton is made from full cream cow's milk in the form of a cylinder. It is unpressed and has a natural rind. (PDO). It is also good as a flavouring for vegetable soups and in salads.