£3.60 – £21.60
Baron Bigod (pronounced By God) is a creamy cheese with a smooth and silky texture. Underneath its white, bloomy rind lies a golden coloured paste. Within this are fabulous flavours with mushroomy undertones. An exceptional cheese, handmade by Jonny Crickmore on his farm (Fen Farm) in Suffolk. It is the only traditionally made, unpasteurised, Brie de Meaux style cheese made in the UK. All of the milk for the cheese comes from Jonny’s own herd of Montbéliarde cows.
Baron Bigod is named after the 12th Century Earl of Norfolk who owned the land where Fen Farm now stands. This Earl was a Frenchman who came to Norfolk after the Norman invasion. We think it is rather fitting that a soft bloomy rind cheese bears his name!
Jonny and his wife Dulcie decided to diversify into cheesemaking in the 2000s. Having been bought up on the farm Jonny knew how hard it was going to be for his family to make ends meet. Today Jonny is one of the most successful cheesemakers based here in the UK.
Baron Bigod is made by hand in small batches. The cows get milked early in the morning and as a result their milk is still warm when it passes into the cheesemaking vat. The recipe used was given to Jonny by a French cheesemaker and he follows it meticulously every time. After production the cheeses are put into moulds and aged for up to 8 weeks in a cave-like environment.
Baron Bigod is a unique cheese that could only ever be made on Fen Farm. The cows are grazing on a unique blend of grasses and herbs that grow on Fen Farm. This results in wonderful milk being produced.
We love to pair Baron Bigod with a white Burgundy or even a Pinot Noir