Neals Yard are the face of English Cheese, and we proud to work with them and offer their exquisite cheese at our Hungerford farm shop. We are constantly looking for the best cheeses, but here are a few of our regular favourites:
Stichelton is one of very few unpasteurised English blue cheeses. It is made by Joe Schneider using organic, unpasteurised cows milk from Collingthwaite Farm on the Welbeck Estate. The Stichelton recipe is distinctive and a couple of important characteristics are that it allows a long time for a slow acidification of the curd and a very gentle set, factors which are influenced by using very small quantities of starter and rennet. In this sense it is almost like a lactic cheese as the curd has not reached its greatest acidity until the day after it has been set. Flavours are cool and buttery with underlying nutty toasty notes. There is a spicy element from the blue mould but alongside that is a long lasting savouriness and caramel-like sweetness. The layers of flavours expand and develop in your mouth as you eat and last long after swallowing.
We have an amazing "brie" called Baron Bigod from Fen Farm in Sussex. It is a creamy, white bloomy-rind cheese handmade on the farm by Jonny and the team, from their own raw Montbeliarde cows milk. It has a smooth silky texture and a golden curd, with long lasting warm earth, farmyard and mushroom flavours. It is the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK. Our cheese is made by hand in small batches, very early in the morning so that we can use the raw milk still warm, straight from the cow at the perfect temperature for cheesemaking. It's a stunning cheese with bags of creamy flavours.
We have been working with Magnus at Nothing But the Grape for over 8 years on a more personal basis, but now we work together to bring you a wonderful and truly delicious selection of Organic Wines. They put an emphasis on ‘fine’ wine .... just because a wine is an organic wine, it does not make it a good wine. However, we do believe that all good wine comes from good grapes and we believe that organic methods of farming can produce the ripest and healthiest grapes, which in turn can produce wines of the highest quality.
We stock in our farm shop, a fantastic Prosecco, beaming full of fresh alpine notes and elderflower creaminess - this is an absolute winner.
We also have a deep and dark Languedoc Red, from vineyard Clos Perdus, full of warm spice and velvety tannins. Please come in and try our Rosé from Provence... it is deliciously easy to drink and will go well with any summer dining and BBQ.