Christmas orders are now being taken. Simply place your order and select the date you would like to receive your cheese. For local delivery info please click here. Christmas orders can be placed until 4th December. After then we offer counter service only all the way to Christmas Eve. For our December opening hours please click here.
For delivery the week before Christmas you can choose either Wednesday 20th December or Thursday 21st December. Our normal £5.95 delivery charge* applies for all orders including local customers who want delivery on these dates. (* increased charges apply for Highlands and Islands)
Collections are from our sister shop, The Loose Larder, at 15 Reading Road.
Barkham Blue is one of our favourite, local cheeses. This fabulous cheese has a very distinctive shape and appearance. It has a rich blue taste with a smooth buttery texture. It melts in the mouth without the harshness associated with some blue cheeses.
Barkham Blue is made in the village of Barkham on the outskirts of Reading, by Sandy and Andy Rose with help from their daughter Nia. This fabulous blue cheese is unique in that it is made using a mixture of Guernsey and Jersey milk. They chose this particular mix as Sandy grew up on her parents’ dairy farm near Twyford where they kept Channel Island cows. Usually these milk types don’t lend themselves well to blue cheeses as they are particularly rich and the blue veining can make the milk go sour but Barkham Blue doesn’t suffer from this at all. In fact you could say the opposite is true as the cheese is beautifully creamy with the cheesemakers themselves describing it as ‘blue butter’.
The cheese comes in a wheel which usually weighs between 700-800g. If you buy an eighth it will weigh approximately 90-100g, a quarter will be 180-200g whereas a half will be 360-400g.
Barkham Blue is one of our most popular cheeses. It is especially good as part of a cheese tower for weddings and parties.
Barkham Blue is a multi-award-winning cheese with Supreme Champion performances at the British Cheese Awards. It has also won numerous Super Golds at the World Cheese Awards, 3 stars from the Great Taste Awards…the list goes on.
It pairs beautifully with white wines. If you can, try it with a sweet dessert wine.
Ingredients (Allergens are listed in capitals)
MILK, salt, starter cultures, rennet, Penicillium Roquefortii
Normal opening Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm until:
Christmas Eve 9am – 12pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Wednesday 27th Closed
Thursday 28th Closed
Friday 29th 9am-4pm
Saturday 30th 9am-4pm
Sunday 31st Closed
New Year’s Day Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 9am-4pm then as normal
After Christmas our courier delivery slots start from 10th January.