Earlier this month, we mentioned the deliciously cheesy menu that The Modern Pantry would be offering during British Cheese Week. Well, the time has come and we’re now in the midst of a seven-day celebration of home-grown dairy delights. If you’re in Clerkenwell, why not pop in and try out Anna Hansen’s bee pollen-crusted ricotta salad?
In Chelsea, popular French restaurant Papillon has embraced British cheese with a six-course menu priced at £48. With help from Todd Bridge (resident fromagier at La Cave á Fromage), chef Tom Hempstead has created dishes like leek and Lincolnshire Poacher soup; fillet of Angus beef with Stilton sauce; and gratin of smoked haddock with Isle of Avalon (a washed rind cheese from Surrey).
While Tom’s kitchen training is classically French, he insists that British cheeses should not be overlooked. “British Cheese Week marks the start of an ongoing relationship between Papillon and La Cave á Fromage. We will be working with the team to create amazing cheese boards and hosting cheese and wine evenings for our customers.”
City slickers should head for Boisdale of Bishopsgate where the chefs have teamed up with Cheese at Leadenhall to offer diners a stunning selection of Scottish cheeses. For just £15, cheese connoisseurs can feast on Reedsdale, Colston Bassett Stilton, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Bosworth leaf Matured Goats cheese, Waterloo, Lincolnshire Poacher, Oxford Isis and a glass of Warre’s 1963 vintage port.