Baron Bigod

Baron Bigod

This Suffolk Brie-style cheese has a silky breakdown under the rind and balances a clean lactic brightness with mushroomy, vegetal notes. 

Portion
Regular price £16.90
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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Bungay, Suffolk

milk source
Own herd

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Pasteurised

location
Bungay, Suffolk

milk source
Own herd

breed
Montbeliarde; Holstein

season
All year

average age
2 Months

cheesemakers
Jonny Crickmore

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In the early days of Neal's Yard Dairy, the only Brie we sold was imported from across the Channel. Today, the only Brie we sell is Baron Bigod, and for the past few years a dedicated group of French retailers have been buying this cheese from us.

Background

Baron Bigod was the creation of Jonny Crickmore at Fen Farm Dairy. Made in small batches to a Brie recipe passed on by a French cheesemaker, it is the only large format Brie-style cheese currently ...

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Baron Bigod was the creation of Jonny Crickmore at Fen Farm Dairy. Made in small batches to a Brie recipe passed on by a French cheesemaker, it is the only large format Brie-style cheese currently being produced in the UK. In fact, it is arguably more authentic than the majority of French Bries in that it's made on a farm as opposed to a creamery, using the very freshest of milk from Jonny's own herd of Montbéliarde cows. The curds are hand ladled into large moulds using traditional pelle-à-brie ladles, and the young cheeses are salted, wrapped in paper and aged for up to eight weeks in cave-like conditions, first at Fen Farm, then at our Bermondsey maturation facility.

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Our Work

We keep the cheeses in our cold room at our maturation arches, and turn them regularly. The goal is to prevent the rind from growing too thick and to keep breakdown of the paste even – without over...

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We keep the cheeses in our cold room at our maturation arches, and turn them regularly. The goal is to prevent the rind from growing too thick and to keep breakdown of the paste even – without over-ripening it to the point where it's running away. We've continued to work closely with Jonny and his team over the years, and we have frequent catch ups to evaluate its progress. The conversations that result help to inform their selection for us back at their farm.

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Accompaniments

Rosebud Red Onion Port Marmalade
£5.25

Serving Suggestions

Slice Baron Bigod over warm, roasted vegetables.

FAQs

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend roughly between 100 and 150 grams per person for after dinner, and a bit more if cheese is the focus of the meal. If you are buying cheese to serve over a couple of days or as part of a buffet, it is advisable to buy a few larger pieces. This will both look better and keep better than many small bits. To help visualise weights, a good tip is to consider that a regular supermarket pat of butter weighs between 200 and 250 grams. If you are at all unsure please give us a call for some advice.

The best option is to keep your cheese wrapped in its paper within a box in the fridge. This will prevent the cheese from drying out and absorbing other flavours. Your cheese will arrive wrapped in waxed cheese paper, which achieves the best possible balance between maintaining humidity around the cheese and allowing it to breathe. We are happy to provide some free extra cheese paper, just search for "cheese paper" and add it to your basket. We don't recommend cling film or foil as it can cause the cheese to sweat which will negatively affect the flavour.

Customer Reviews

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R.C.

All of it

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Lucinda

God this was good. Creamy and wonderfully smelly

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Martyn Warwick
Baron Bigod is the business

This is the best Brie type cheese I have tasted in a long time. Outstanding

Hi Martyn, we're so happy to hear your feedback! Baron Bigod is a firm favourite of ours as well!
Many thanks,
NYD

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Christopher Banting

Baron Bigod

Hi Christopher, many thanks for your review. We'd love to hear any feedback you may have for us, and indeed if there's anything we can do to improve.
Best wishes,
NYD

J
Joyce Rochester
Simply the best

This delicious, creamy, UK produced Brie type, soft cheese, is a winner, on it’s own or try it in good bread, with , a mild chilli jam from single sauce, a few salad leaves for a superb lunch. Food for the gods .

Hi Joyce, many thanks for sharing your feedback. It's much appreciated. Happy to hear Baron Bigod was a hit!
Best wishes,
NYD