Meet the Cheesemaker Returns for 2017 in our London Cheese Shop

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After last year’s successful run of events, Meet the Cheesemaker is back and this time we’re running it exclusively at The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia on 7th, 8th and 15th December.

For 2017, we have quite the special line-up too.  We’re pleased to announce that Fen Farm, makers of the silky-smooth Baron Bigod, Lyburn with its Old Winchester and Blackwoods, producer of Persian Feta, Graceburn, will be in our shop over the next couple of weeks.

Baron Bigod is a fabulously full-flavoured Brie-style cheese, hand-made on Fen Farm in Suffolk by Jonny Crickmore from the milk of his own herd of Montbeliarde cows. It’s a stunning brie-style cheese, with a rich, full, earthy flavour and a lingering finish.

Lyburn will be gracing our shop too, the day after Fen Farm, where you’ll be able to taste Old Winchester and hear about the efforts this cheesemaker goes to when making this great cheese.

Try an English Gouda in Belgravia

Old Winchester, based on a Gouda recipe, is a powerful, fruity cheese, with a full sweet flavour. It is matured for at least 16 months to develop a fabulous crystalline texture that crunches on the tongue.

From Blackwoods Cheese Company in Kent, Graceburn is a superbly soft and rich cheese, based on a Persian Feta recipe, and made by David Holton and Tim Jarvis.

Unlike traditional Feta, which is preserved in larger blocks, Graceburn is broken by hand into smaller pieces, and steeped in a blend of extra virgin olive oil and rapeseed oil, infused with thyme, garlic, bay and pepper.

You will be able to try all these cheeses and hear more about their wonderful dairy making on the dates below:

Fen Farm - 7th December
Lyburn 8th - December
Blackwoods - 15th December

You won’t want to miss this!

Have you Bought Too Much to Carry in our Bath Cheese Shop? Let us Help

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You’re stood at our counter in The Fine Cheese Co. Bath, tasting and buying cheeses, then, before you know it, you’ve ordered a cheeseboard fit for a royal banquet. But, how do you get all of these delicious cheeses home?

In our Bath cheese shop, we are now providing a new service where you can choose to have everything you’ve purchased in our shop delivery back to your house that very same day. It doesn’t get more hassle-free than this.

If you have bought your goods in the shop before noon, Monday to Saturday, we can guarantee two, same-day delivery slots. You may choose either 17-19.00 or 19-21.00. If it is after midday, we will see what we can do for you that day.

No additional charges

The service is provided by Three Bags Full, and we charge you what we are charged. So, that’s £4.30 for the delivery. If you spend more than £50, then we are happy to offer free delivery through this service.

All we need is the postcode of the address where you would like your purchases delivered (see the map below for delivery area), a mobile phone number and where to leave the bags if you are not home.

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With the help of Three Bags Full, this new service we’re offering will be a weight off your hands.

Glowing Praise for our Cheese Shops in Bath and London

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Our shops are the heartbeat of The Fine Cheese Co. We so much effort into making them an enjoyably tasty experience for everybody who enters, that when we receive a glowing review it fills us with immense pride.

In the last week, we’ve had two instances of just this, which we cannot wait to tell you about. The first came in The Times’ Weekend supplement as part of a feature on cheese and wine.

Our Bath cheese shop and cafe was given pride of place in The Times’ top 15 cheese shops in the UK, ranked by the newspaper’s Food Editor, Tony Turnbull, who praised our support of the local cheesemakers.

“The shelves heave with fine cheeses including Westcombe, a cheddar from Somerset, awarded best cheddar at the 2017 British Cheese Awards.”

Best cheese shop in London

Then, our London cheese shop almost won its first award. Considering The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia has only been open in Motcomb Street for a little more than a year, we think this is an incredible accomplishment.

At the recent World Cheese Awards, held by The Guild of Fine Food at the Tobacco Dock London, our Belgravia cheese shop narrowly missed out on the trophy for Le Gruyère AOP Cheese Counter of the Year.

With the award going to Pangbourne Cheese Shop, near Reading, that makes The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia the best cheese shop in London.

 

New Mandarin Macarons, Just in Time for Halloween

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Why have a trick, when you can have a treat for the coming Halloween season? We have introduced some extra-special macarons, flavoured with fresh mandarin juice.

Couple these new Mandarin Macarons with our classic Pistachio Macaron and you have the perfect spread of patisserie for a spooky Halloween or a flaming bonfire night.

Alternatively, if the ghouls come knocking, why not indulge your favourite fancy-dressed trick or treaters with an extravagant French delicacy. They are incredibly delicious, though, so you could be forgiven for not wanting to hand them out.

Our new Mandarin Macarons are available from our Bath and Belgravia shops right now. Pop along and try them, along with all of our other classic flavours, including coconut, chocolate, strawberry and passionfruit.

Cheese and Wine at Motcomb Street’s Grand Reopening

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Join us on 27th September from 17-22.00 for what’s set to be a stunning event in the heart of Belgravia. It’s the grand reopening of Motcomb Street and the event is set to be an end-of-summer extravaganza!

Our London cheese shop will be open late into the evening. We will be offering an assortment of stunning cheese and wine pairings, featuring this year’s British Cheese Award winners, including Beauvale, Westcombe Cheddar and Supreme Champion, Pave Cobble.

Will be celebrating the start of every cheese lovers favourite time of year: Vacherin season. This cheese has such a rich, voluptuous texture and full fruity flavour that you’ll want to spoon it straight from the box, and we’re baking it especially for the reopening.

Once you’ve had your fill of cheese and wine, you might like to explore the edible installation by Bompas & Parr at the entrance to Motcomb Street (via Lowndes Street) and then dance the night away to music from jazz bands that will be played throughout the night.

Motcomb Street will be officially launched by Masterchef judge Marcus Wareing and Alexandra Dudley, Chef Patron of the local two-Michelin-starred restaurant Marcus.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting evening!

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Meet the Cheese-maker: La Baronia

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Think you’ve tried Buffalo Mozzarella or Burrata? Think again!

We firmly believe that our La Baronia Buffalo Mozzarella and Burrata is unlike any you will have tasted before. There’s not a trace of acidity, but in its place, is a taste of great subtlety and delicacy with a gentle, creamy finish.

We’re so confident about this that we have invited La Baronia’s very own Giuseppe Cutillo into our shops on 7th and 8th June to chat about the Buffalo Mozzarella and Burrata he makes with his fair hands.

La Baronia embodies the purity and goodness of buffalo milk. Their fertile pasture is rich in wetland species, that gives the milk its delicate taste and unique aroma. The Cutillo family started La Baronia 30 years ago.

They began by researching the working methods of the buffalo dairymen, practices that had been handed down since the eighth Century, when buffalos first arrived in Campania.

Animal husbandry is everything to the family. To keep the buffalo happy and healthy in the hot Summer climate, the animals "swim" several times a day in large water tanks. How cool is that? 

So, if you’re in Bath or London over the following days, please do stop by.

14.00 7th June, Bath – La Baronia Mozzarella and Burrata sampling
14.00 8th June, Belgravia – La Baronia Mozzarella and Burrata sampling

Cheese and Wine-tasting Events Arrive in Belgravia, London

Our London cheese shop, The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia, will now be opening even later during the evening, exclusively for cheese and wine-tasting events. If you are looking for something different to do for a birthday, corporate function or other celebration, why not join us for a night to remember?

Events can be completely tailored to your tastes. So, whether you’re a fan of ewe or blue, we have you covered on the cheese front. Our private-hire tastings start at 20.00 and run until 21.30. Your very special evening will begin with a cocktail on arrival, which will be accompanied with canapés/charcuterie.

Our expert cheese-mongers will then begin an extensive sampling of four cheeses, based on your group’s specific requirements. Each cheese will be paired with one of our many great wines.

Of course, you’ll have the chance to take the cheese and wine home with you to friends and family. Everything you tried throughout the evening will be available to buy from our beautiful shop.

Private-hire tastings are available for a minimum of seven people and priced at £40 per person.

For more information, please call 01225 448748 and ask for Luke Giddings or email luke@finecheese.co.uk.

The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia Christmas Opening Hours

The Fine Cheese Co. Belgravia's Christmas and new year opening hours are below. Don't forget to stock up on artisan cheeses for your festive and end of 2016 celebrations.

Monday

19 th December

8am - 7.30pm

Tuesday

20 th December

8am - 7.30pm

Wednesday

21 st December

8am - 7.30pm

Thursday

22 nd December

8am - 7.30pm

Friday

23 rd December

8am - 7.30pm

Saturday

24 th December

9am - 3pm

Sunday

25th December

Closed

Monday

26th December

Closed

Tuesday

27th December

Closed

Wednesday

28th December

8am - 7.30pm

Thursday

29th December

8am - 7.30pm

Friday

30th December

8am - 7.30pm

Saturday

31 st December

9am - 4pm

Sunday

1st January

Closed

Monday

2nd January

Closed

Tuesday

3rd January

10am - 7.30pm

The Fine Cheese Co. Bath Christmas Opening Hours

The Fine Cheese Co. Bath is opening all the way up until Christmas Eve this year. Our Christmas and new year opening hours for the cheese shop are below, whereas the café will be open at 8am as usual apart from Sunday 18th December.

Friday

16th December

9am - 5pm

Saturday

17th December

9am - 5pm

Sunday

18 th December

11am - 5pm

Monday

19 th December

9am - 5.30pm

Tuesday

20 th December

9am - 5.30pm

Wednesday

21 st December

9am - 5:30pm

Thursday

22 nd December

9am - 5:30pm

Friday

23 rd December

9am - 5:30pm

Saturday

24 th December

8:30am - 3pm

Sunday

25th December

Closed

Monday

26th December

Closed

Tuesday

27th December

Closed

Wednesday

28th December

9am - 5pm

Thursday

29th December

9am - 5pm

Friday

30th December

9am - 5pm

Saturday

31 st December

9am - 4pm

Sunday

1st January

Closed

Monday

2nd January

Closed

Tuesday

3rd January

9am - 5pm

The Fine Cheese Co. Warehouse Shop Christmas Opening Hours

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The Fine Cheese Co. Warehouse Shop is open for all your last-minute festive cheese and artisan food purchases until 23rd December. Our Christmas and new year opening hours can be seen below.

Friday

16th December

9am - 5pm

Saturday

17th December

9am - 5pm

Sunday

18 th December

9am - 5pm

Monday

19 th December

9am - 5pm

Tuesday

20 th December

9am - 5pm

Wednesday

21 st December

9am - 5pm

Thursday

22 nd December

9am - 5pm

Friday

23 rd December

9am - 5pm

Saturday

24th December

Closed

Sunday

25th December

Closed

Monday

26th December

Closed

Tuesday

27th December

Closed

Wednesday

28th December

9am - 1pm

Thursday

29th December

9am - 1pm

Friday

30th December

9am - 5pm

Saturday

31st December

Closed

Sunday

1st January

Closed

Monday

2nd January

Closed

Tuesday

3rd January

9am - 1pm