Fruit Cake & Cheese: A Festive Favourite for Yorkshire Folk

As the festive season approaches, one custom that is set to entice the taste buds of the nation is fruit cake and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese – an increasingly popular Christmas pairing, which sits proudly amongst the long-standing traditions of God’s Own County.

The pairing of fruit cake and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese dates back to at least the 19th century, and the Creamery proudly champions the flavoursome match of its creamy Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese with the rich sweetness of fruit cake. The combination has won many plaudits from Yorkshire Greats as a well-known festive treat.

William Hague, Former UK Foreign Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons, flies the flag for the seasonal match: “For me, there is no greater delicacy in the world than Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and fruit cake.”

David Hartley, Managing Director of the Wensleydale Creamery, comments: “Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has become synonymous with quality, authenticity and tradition, being recognised with European protected food name status.  Our skilled cheese-makers still continue the art of handcrafting Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales today.

“We are very proud to celebrate the long-standing great Northern tradition of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and fruit cake and we look forward to seeing many celebrating and enjoying the festive treat across the nation this Christmas.”

To find out more or to purchase the Wensleydale Creamery’s full range of cheeses and accompaniments, visit


  • mandy goode

    I am definitely going to try this, as it looks and sounds lovely. I am going to try and get hubby to try it. As he is a whimp about trying something different. Hope fully I will let you know how we got on. Merry Christmas.

  • norma macdonald robertson

    I do love your cheeses which I regularly purchase I can not find the lik icon so shall enter this way as I do like and will share xx

  • Ann Smithson

    Wish my dad would try your cheese with his favourite fruit cake, he is in his 80s and trying to get him to try new things is difficult as he says its all mucked about food, I know he would adore it if he just tried,as we did on our first visit to your lovely restaraunt, which we always have lunch in on our way to the lakes. …I cannot pass by without my Apple pie with a slice of wensleydale. …delicious,so delicious. ..

  • Wendy Pollard

    Creamy Wenslydale cheese & the sweet hit of fruit cake sounds like a taste sensation