Best of British Cheese Gift Box
A selection of artisan British cheeses including soft, blue and hard cheese.
Presented in a Harper and Blohm Gift Box & Ribbon. Serves 4 – 6
A modern style camembert made in the lush Hampshire countryside by Australian Stacey Hedges & Charlotte Spruce. The rich, sweet & nutty paste combines to bring a unique soft cheese with a distinctive vegetal aroma Raymond Blanc has called it “the best Camembert in the world” – which is high praise coming from a French chef. Tunworth has rich, nutty and milk flavours with a distinct cabbage-like aroma. It has a mouth-filling texture and long finish.
Hampshire Cheeses was founded in 2005 by Stacey Hedges, who is originally from Sydney, Australia. While Stacey was at university, she worked in a Sydney cheese shop and caught the “cheese bug”; twenty years later in England, she started making cheese in her kitchen and decided to fulfil her dream by building a purpose-built creamery. From the beginning, Randolph Hodgson, owner of Neal’s Yard Dairy in London, encouraged her to make a soft, camembert-style cheese, which is now considered to be one of the best in the British Isles.
Stilton is one of the world’s great blue cheeses, along with French Roquefort and Italian Gorgonzola. Colston Bassett Stilton has a rich, buttery texture with a minerally tang. It’s full-bodied without being sharp or overpowering, and has a mellow, fruity, savoury complexity.
Stilton was the first English cheese to be granted legal name protection under the PDO* system and is made by just six producers in the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Of these, the cooperative in the village of Colston Bassett is one of the smallest and takes its milk from just five farms that are very close to the dairy. This particular Colston Bassett Stilton – developed in partnership with Neal’s Yard Dairy in London – is made in the traditional fashion with animal rennet & hand ladled. This results in a cheese with a milder blue character but with a richer, more complex cheese flavour and a long finish. It’s these differences in production that give our stilton its distinctive crumbly texture with subtle blue veining & a long finish on the palate.
Quickes Vintage Clothbound Cheddar is hand made to a traditional recipe by Mary Quicke and her team at Home Farm in Devon. This cheddar is hand made on the farm in the rolling green hills of the West Country of England and, after grading, is carefully matured under cloth for at least 18 months. The cloth wrap provides natural protection for the cheese, and also allows the rind to breathe and release moisture. The result is a classic Cheddar bursting with evocative flavours, with a firm, open and moist texture, an aging earthy aroma, and a lingering tang. It has a crumbly yet moist texture for a cheese this age.
The Quicke family has been farming since 1540 at Home Farm in the tiny village of Newton St. Cyres, Devon but the cheddar we know today has been developed over the past 45 years. Their herd of cows has been specially bred to produce the right balance of milk for their cheddar, and locally sourced Cornish Sea Salt is used during production.