£6.00 – £12.00
Barkham Belle is made in the village of Barkham on the outskirts of Reading, by Sandy and Andy Rose with help from their daughter Nia. It was conceived during lockdown and has become one of our favourite cheeses.
This fabulous cheese is made using a mixture of Guernsey and Jersey milk. Sandy and Andy chose this particular mix as Sandy grew up on her parents’ dairy farm near Twyford where they kept Channel Island cows. Their milk is rich, full of flavour and ideal for making this creamy cheese. It’s this wonderful milk that gives the cheese a distinctive golden paste.
As with a lot of our cheeses the rind of the Barkham Belle holds a lot of flavour. It has a slight meaty taste which sits perfectly alongside the buttery flavour of the paste inside. The colour of the rind looks very similar to its more famous sibling, Barkham Blue but the cheeses within are very different. The most obvious difference being that the Belle isn’t blue!
We’ve been enjoying the Barkham Belle with a chilled glass of Chablis but it is so delicious that it would match with almost any beverage!
At present Barkham Belle is only available as a whole or half wheel. Each small cheese weighs approximately 300g.