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.
I would like to tell you just how good your cheese is. My supplier reckons that it is better than Stilton; that is an understatement, it is far better than Stilton Many thanks for a great local product.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just had to contact you and say how AMAAAZING your Barkham Blue cheese is. Thank you! First discovered last Easter in the Isle of Wight, by accident (!) and will never return to ‘normal’/widely available blue cheeses again. Salty, sweet, tangy, real length of taste. Have been converting all of my turophile buddies, all of whom agree. Thank goodness I’m local-ish….
We have just returned from a School friends Golden Wedding Celebration, in Henley – on – Thames. The local Butcher did a Hog roast for the Garden Party, there were Salads, followed by Strawberry’s, cream and a WONDERFUL Cheese board, the Supreme, being your Two Hoots cheese.
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!?
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.
Had a small piece of Barkham Blue from a selection for a cheese platter at the Kingham Plough Mr Chipping Norton. Beautiful and creamy.