One of most balanced cakes, St Martins features pretty even quantities of cheddar, blue and brie. Cheddar is represented by the superb organic Hafod, from west Wales, the brie is Cornish Brie, and there are two contrasting blues - Colston Bassett Stilton and Devon Blue. A mini Sharpham Rustic with Garlic & Chives tops off this five-cheese tower.
Feeds: 90-100. Size: Diameter 33cm, height 29cm
St Martins is supplied as wrapped cheeses, undecorated. To order a Taster Box, go here.
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Sharpham Rustic with Garlic & Chives: The Sharpham estate is on the banks Devon's River Dart, just south of Totnes. All Sharpham's cheeses use milk from their own herd of organically farmed Jersey cows. The 'Rustic' is semi-hard, matured for approximately 6-8 weeks, giving a light-flavoured cheese with a moist, creamy texture. A thin, natural white rind forms during the maturing process.
Colston Bassett Stilton: Colston Bassett is made in the heart of 'Stilton country' (stretching across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire): an area famous for cheese for two and a half centuries. The dairy was founded in 1920, and makes one of the most famous Stiltons available today, described as "creamy but not too moist, the blue deep and powerful ... the cheese itself distinctive, with a strong herbal almost spicy flavour."
Devon Blue: This is made by Robin Congdon – one of three blue cheeses he makes, this is the cows' milk version. Robin's Ticklemore Dairy is down by the banks of the River Dart in South Devon: if you like blue cheese (and of course you do!), you might like to check out their Harbourne Blue (goat) and Beenleigh Blue (ewe).
Hafod: Made by Sam & Rachel Holden at their farm in West Wales, this is an unpasteurised organic cheddar, traditionally made. The Holdens are longtime champions of organic farming and Sam’s father Patrick is Director of the Soil Association. Note: from time to time, you may find some blue veins in traditionally made cheddars like this one – this is quite normal!
Cornish Brie: has a delicious mild and creamy flavour and melting, smooth texture. The rich and creamy Cornish milk gives it a characteristic yellow, buttery colour.