Or famous cheese trolley continues to be one of our most popular offerings and there are some special cheeses on the board this month.
Liverot – This stunning cheese originates in Normandy and is a brined cows cheese with a strong flavour. Also known as ‘The Colonel’ due to the five bands of raffia which are traditionally used to band the cheese and which are reminicant of the Colonels’ rings in the French army. An absolute favourite of mine and a cheese which has a lovely clean flavour.
7 Cow – This organic, unpasturised cows milk cheese originates from the small hamlet of La Prade about 2km from Axat. There are only three houses and there are more cows than humans. This charming little farm is run by M et Madame Guitard and in addition to the normal cheese we now have a version with cumin which gives a little extra oomph.
Goats cheese from Cailla – Aged for three months, this organic unpasturised goats cheese is again from a small cheese producer. With a lovely clean taste and a long finish, made by a young couple, it is a cheese of great pedigree.
Brie de Meaux – I cannot resist listing this especially even though it is a staple of the cheese trolley. There is so much pasturised rubbish around from the big brands like “President” who really ought to know better. Pasturised Brie does a very good job of imitating a plastic hocky puck! This wonderful cheese from a small producer has a depth of flavour never found in industrial versions.
Paja Veija – This Spanish cheese from the south west is a blend of sheep, cow and goat milk. Aged for a year, it has a hard and slightly dry texture but is a lovely example of the cheese maker’s craft and is probably the most popular cheese on the trolley.
Along with about 15 other cheeses on the trolley, there is something for everybody and all served with a complimentary glass of Tawny Port.