Located in the village of Barkham on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, Two Hoots Cheese is a small family business which prides itself on producing award winning quality handmade blue cheese. The cheeses are made in the traditional way with pasteurised cows’ and ewe’s milk. Husband and wife team Sandy and Andy Rose have been producing cheese since 2003 and have recently been joined by their daughter Nia. Their most popular cheese, Barkham Blue, has won many awards over the years.
Hampshire Fare is a not-for-profit community interest company, representing around 250 producers, hospitality venues, shops and cookery schools. It campaigns to heighten the awareness and consumption of Hampshire’s quality.
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Grant funding. We applied for and successfully gained a grant from the RDPE programme. This enabled us to install our pasteuriser and associated equipment. Our project has been supported by the Loddon and Eversley RDPE LEADER Programme 2007-2013 www.ruralfunding.co.uk
South East Food Group (SEFGP) is a regional sector body for regional food in the South East of England and runs Taste South East, a network for food and drink businesses in the South East including London. SEFGP has been supporting the sector since 2001.
My uncle brings some of your Barkham Blue to the family Christmas dinner at our house every year. It is the most delicious blue cheese I have ever tasted! We all love it and it’s become one of our family Christmas traditions.
Just finished some of your Barkham Blue cheese which I got from the cotswold cheese company. It really is fantastic – firm like a Stilton but more yielding and flavoursome with a great creamy finish. I’m very impressed – we’ll done on making such a great cheese. Keep it up! Thanks.
My husband went to Sheeplands Farm Shop in Twyford yesterday and came home with some Barkham Blue. We are both agreed that it is the lovely and the smoothest cheese we have probably ever tasted! I look forward to having it again very soon.
Now I have found a local supplier, a pleasant walk for me, I intend to buy one whole cheese per fortnight which means that other customers including some friends are bereft of the finest cheese I have ever tasted (and I have tasted quite a few) after I have visited.
Ettington Hall asked me to pass on how professional they thought your approach was. They’ve had quite a few through but loved that you had the labels instructions etc. the cheeses went down a storm. I thought they’d be quite a bit left however there was very little!?
We have spent the weekend testing the cheese (again…..any old excuse). We hadn’t had the Rosethorn before so it was really good to try that alongside the BB and they are both absolutely beautiful. We appreciate the hard work, love and care that you put into your produce and will be more than proud to present the cheese at our wedding. We will be writing little biogs so people know who made the cheese and where it came from and hopefully it will get people thinking about buying locally more often.
Our granddaughter Katie just loves cheese. The thing is, she never sees much of it now. My wife’s sister Julie from London brings us some of your cheese when she visits us. Katie always wants some when she visits because she loves cheese so much. We can’t say no without bucket loads of tears from her. The thing is that dad, who is 84, has come to live with us and he has acquired a taste for it and he eats nearly all of it. (We try to say no to him but he also gives us bucket loads of tears!) It’s like a war zone in our house. Katie on one side and dad on the other. Pistols at dawn. My wife and I rarely get any. Still, we are glad that we can please Katie (sometimes) and also please dad (who is a greedy old so and so). I would ask Julie to bring more but I know where it will end up. All in dad’s stomach! Or in Katie’s! Thank you very much for delicious cheese. In dad’s words, “the best thing since sliced bread”! (Or that could be on sliced bread!)
These last three days I have had great hunks of your extraordinary Barkham Blue which I bought at Paxton and Whitfield on Monday and soon I will be going back to America. I am writing you to find out how I might be able to get some of it sent to California. This is a masterful cheese beginning the moment you slice into it and see that great burst of yellow pate. The texture the balance the surprise the lingering complexity…oh I do hope that there is some way I can get it shipped to me. With my fingers crossed and great admiration for your achievement.
I purchased your product from Staunton Park on Easter weekend, it was excellent. I passed it around to several of my work mates, and they loved it!! It was just as you described it!! On the nose!! Well done!! I’ve eaten a vast amount of blue cheeses and so far yours is the best by far! It goes great with wine and beer.
I would like to thank you for supplying such delicious cheese for Ethan’s Christening/Birthday, not only did it look amazing (thank you for the extra ivy) but all 4 flavours tasted divine….. and i can vouch for all 4!!! The day was a little wet, but everyone had a lovely day especially the birthday boy. Thank you again for taking the time out in the busy wedding season for us. The cheeses not only looked amazing with all the chutneys, but i can assure you everyone was still picking at it away into the late night….. and i can vouch for all the family that it was still yummy the next day for lunch and dinner!!! I have to praise you on the Barkham Blue, it is exceptional!!! I am and always would be happy to recommend you to anyone wanting that extra special service and tasty cheese!!! I look forward to our next function so we can book you again.