What’s New plus… Five top British cheeses (and one great cheese shop)

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Pipers Farm pies

Piper’s Farm, the online Devon-based butchers has launched a new range of handmade pies. They come in four fillings (steak and ale, chicken and ham, butter chicken and Pumpkin, goats cheese and spinach). Suitable for freezing, they take 40mins to cook

Handmade pies, £3.95/serves 1 – 2, from Pipers Farm’s, visit  www.pipersfarm.com

Savernake Knives

Great present for a struggling gifter – Savernake, bespoke makers of beautiful artisan knives, have designed a G&T slicer, a practical piece of equipment that can be customised (choose your own blade and handle) and engraved with names or dates.

G&T Slicer, from £220.00, from Savernake Knives, visit savernakeknives.co.uk/product/gt-slicer

Yuzu Marmalade

Counter-intuitively, the Italian food supplier Table@Vallebona now offers a range of Japanese artisanal food, eg seaweed, aged soy sauces, miso, and also a fresh, delicately flavoured Yuzu Marmalade,  made from organic yuzus (a fruit that lands somewhere between a lemon and a mandarin). The marmalade is naturally sweet, reminiscent of a fragrant lemon curd.

Yuzu Marmalade, £25/200g from Table@Valebona, vallebona.co.uk

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A tasting tour of the best Italian extra virgin olive oils is being held on Tuesday 20th November at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, London W1. For details visit  www.winefoodpromotions.com

Plus… Five top British Cheeses and one great cheese shop

All winners in the 2018 Great British Cheese Awards


Tunworth, a British Camembert, a soft, white-rinded cheese reminiscent of its French cousin, is made by Hampshire Cheeses entirely  from pasteurised whole cow’s milk and has an earthy mushroom fragrance and long-lasting sweet and nutty flavour

Hampshire Cheeses, Basingstoke, hampshirecheeses.co.uk

Edmund Tew

Hand made soft raw organic milk cheese (picture, right), fresh grassy taste with a malty flavour to the rind. Edmund Tew is made by Blackwoods artisan cheesemakers in London

Blackwood’s Cheese, London, blackwoodscheesecompany.co.uk

Hebden Goat Cheese

Creamy texture with good balance and colour. Hebden Goat Cheese is made by Gillian and Tim Clough who farm a small herd of Anglo Nubian goats on their ten acre farm in Hebden Bridge. The cheese is slowly set before being moulded and aged for three weeks

Tenacres Farm, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, @tenacrescheese

Dorset Blue Vinny

Made from a 300 year-old recipe, Dorset Blue Vinny is a crumbly blue cheese with a creamy, butter texture and a good rind with fresh lactic notes. The makers of Blue Vinny were the first food producers in the UK to be awarded PGI status (Protected Geographical Indication)

Woodbridge Farm, Sturminster Newton, dorsetblue.com/woodbridge-farm

Cornish Jack

Cornish Jack is made by River Amble Creamery, an artisan cheesemaker based near Port Isaac. Cornish Jack is a traditional Swiss-style cheese; a full-fat hard cheese with a fruity flavour and nutty tones

River Amble Creamery, Port Isaac, tel: 07860371535

And one great Cheese Shop…

George & Joseph Cheesemongers

Leeds’ only specialist cheesemongers opened their shop in Chapel Allerton in 2013. George & Joseph stock and source locally produced Yorkshire cheeses along with a selection of the best cheeses from the UK and further afield

George & Joseph Cheesemongers, Leeds, georgeandjoseph.co.uk

The Great British Cheese Awards are organised by Great British Chefs and Peter’s Yard.  A full list of award winners can be found at greatbritishchefs.com/cheese-awards/winners. For further details visit greatbritishcheeseawards.com; petersyard.com