"I think cheese is the perfect present. There are few people who don’t love it, it lasts well and good cheese is a real treat. It is the ultimate spoiling."
Here is the selection for February's Cheese of the Month:
Made by Joe Bennett & Amiee Lawn near Tamworth, Staffordshire. Raw goat’s milk, animal rennet.
Innes Brick is one of our most delicate soft goat’s cheeses, both in flavour and texture. Its sweet and lactic flavours bring notes of hazelnut. Joe and Amiee drive their cheeses to London each Friday. We then have a weekly tasting and troubleshooting session with them over breakfast, which has helped the cheese evolve into the wonderful cheese you have today. Innes Brick is matured exclusively at Neal’s Yard Dairy from a young age, in our climate-controlled rooms. While with us, the rind becomes more established and the flavour of the cheese deepens.
Made by Jamie Montgomery and team near North Cadbury, Somerset. Raw cow's milk, animal rennet.
Montgomery’s has long been a staple on our counters and indeed in our homes. This unique cheddar has been made at Manor Farm in North Cadbury since 1911. When Jamie took over from his mother in the mid-nineties, the market was dominated by cheese with a bright, acid, sharp flavour set in a soft creamy paste, which was matured in rindless blocks, well suited to supermarket cutting lines. Determined to do things differently, he continued to make clothbound cheese with raw milk, achieving a drier texture and more complex savoury, brothy flavours.
Mature Kirkham's Lancashire
Made by Graham Kirkham and team near Goosnargh, Lancashire. Raw cow's milk, animal rennet.
This cheese has been aged for almost a year by our Borough Market Shop maturing team. The cheeses are selected by our buying team at the farm when they are 6 weeks old, and then sent down to our shop a few weeks later. At the shop they are turned and gently rubbed down with a damp cloth once a week. The team regularly taste through the cheeses on the shelves with our buyer to choose which batches to sell next and allocate particular profiles to specific customers. For you, Phil chose a batch which he described as “moist, nicely structured, fluffy with big, long-lasting sweet flavours.”
Made by Anne Wigmore near Riseley in Berkshire. Thermised sheep’s milk, vegetarian coagulant.
Riseley is the washed-rind cousin of Wigmore cheese. It is a collaboration between cheesemaker Anne Wigmore and our maturation team in Bermondsey. In recent times they have been working together to improve flavours by moving to a smaller format cheese. The washing process takes up to four weeks and involves dabbing and gently scrubbing the rind with water or brine every few days. The cheese you have before you is a testament to the power of maturation and its influence on the flavour and personality of a cheese.
When will the first order be sent?
If you choose ‘Immediate' start we’ll dispatch it on the next available dispatch date after the purchase date. We dispatch Monday through Thursday for delivery Tuesday through Friday. If you opt for delivery in a future month, we'll dispatch on the next available dispatch date from the initial purchase date. For example if on the 10th of December 2019 you order a subscription to begin in February, the first order will leave us on the 10th of February 2020.
When will subsequent orders be delivered?
Subsequent orders will be dispatched on the next available dispatch date according to the frequency you have selected. For example, if a "once a month for three months" subscription is purchased on the 10th of December 2019 to begin immediately, we will dispatch on the 11th of December 2019 , the 13th of January 2020 and the 10th of February 2020.
Can I choose specific delivery days?
Yes, you are welcome to choose specific delivery days, simply contact us to specify. We need 48 hours notice to make changes to delivery dates.
Are delivery days/times guaranteed?
As with all our deliveries, we use an external courier. In the vast majority of cases they do a wonderful job with deliveries arriving in the right place at the right time. As we are outsourcing the delivery, we cannot guarantee arrival times. If you have questions regarding your delivery or you would like us to liaise with the couriers on your behalf, please contact us.
Can we swap a cheese in the selection?
Our cheese of the month subscription is intended for the truly adventurous cheese lovers. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate substitutions.
What if there is no-one in for the delivery?
The person receiving the delivery email/text notifications will have access to the 'leave in a safe place' option that the courier provides, and they can make an arrangement directly with the courier. We strongly advise against choosing the redelivery option as the cheese will already have been picked up by the couriers then and will remain in transit for an extended period. More information relating to deliveries can be found here.
What about holidays? Can we skip an order?
If you need to postpone a delivery then just give us a call at least 48 hours before dispatch and we can amend the orders to skip that month.
I’m giving a subscription as a gift, can I have something to hand over to the receiver?
When you order as a gift we send you a gift email that you can print or forward to your recipient with all the relevant information on it. Just make sure you select the ‘gift’ option above to let us know.