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 am writing to you as I have been a huge fan of your Barkham Blue cheese for a while now since the kind lady in my local shop let me taste it instead of my usual Stilton. This leads me onto letting you amend your bulging outlets list. I just can’t get enough of the B. Blue and now find my old favourites rather bland! That is quite special considering I live virtually in Stilton territory! Shhhhh!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
I took a whole one to France with me and my French hosts demolished it all within three days. Very popular!
Just thought I would drop you a line to comment on your beautiful Barkham Blue cheese. I bought some from a market stall in Horsham a few weeks ago and it was one of the best blue cheeses I have tasted , so creamy (thanks to your Guernsey girls no doubt!).