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British Cheese Festival, New Product News & more…

As we move from Winter into Spring, it is shaping up to be a period of great activity in Bayley & Sage……

NEW STORE: Top of the bill will be our new store opening on Fulham Road, towards the Chelsea end this time! We will be opening at the end of February at: 180 – 184 Fulham Road, SW10 9PN

This is shaping up to be another beautiful store, our head office and set up team have been throwing themselves into setting up another unique, fresh, exciting, and welcoming Bayley & Sage, with a few special surprises waiting for our lovely customers, both new and old, in what is a vibrant and dynamic neighbourhood. We hope that you can come and visit us there to join us in celebrating its opening… to be confirmed….watch this space.

BAYELY BLUE LAUNCH: On top of this, we will also be launching our very own cheese, Bayley Blue, a collaboration between Bayley & Sage and the cheesemakers from Hartington Creamery Derbyshire, a dairy that has was originally set up by the in 1870 by the Duke of Devonshire.

Bayley Blue is a young blue, aged between four and five weeks, and matured at the dairy with the milk coming from two local farms just a mile away. This is a soft blue, with delicate overtones, clean and distinct in flavour. Words don’t really do it justice, the best idea is to come in and taste when you are next in, or even better join Jennie and the team for the launch party at the Parsons Green store: 26th of February, from 5-7pm, where you can meet the maker and enjoy a taste.

NEW CHEESE CRACKERS: Best enjoyed with a glass of wine and some crackers, we recommend Bolney Estate Pinot Noir. As for crackers… well, that is certainly going to be our New Charcoal Crackers, soon to hit the shelves – the perfect accompaniment!

It seems that our customers just can’t get enough of the own-label crackers, the bakers in Cornwall have quite literally been baking non-stop. We will be launching the gorgeous Charcoal Cracker and a crisp Rosemary Thin. Hand made in small batches, with local ingredients. The Charcoal is perfect with blue, goat and sheep cheeses. And the thin, with a dusting of aromatic rosemary, goes perfectly with pates, dips and hard cheeses.

NEW EVENT: Announcing our BRITISH CHEESE FESTIVAL, which will run from the 24th February until 23rd March…

The British Cheese festival is our way of saying just how proud we are of British cheese, and just how much we love it. We will have beautiful displays of British cheese throughout the stores, tastings with some of our favourite producers. This will also coincide with us bringing in a couple of stand out new cheeses, as previously mentioned, our very own Bayley Blue (which we think is the first new British cheese for 2020, which also makes it the first of the new decade!).

NEW CHEESE to taste at the festival: We are super pleased to announce that we will have Cheddar from Trethowen Brothers, who caused such a stir at the recent World Cheese Awards winning gold in several categories. We will be carrying the much-celebrated cheddar (which our cheese buyer claims are the best cheddar he has tasted by a country mile) and the Gorwydd Organic Caerphilly, which also won a gold award.

Added to this we have Rustler from Whitelake Cheeses, a beautiful semi-hard English sheeps cheese, Cerney Ash – a scrumptious goats from the Cotswolds and Old Winchester… plus a whole bunch of old favourites.

NEW CHOCOLATE: Our chocolate buyer has also been looking for a new chocolatier to liven up the range as we move into a new year, including Love Cocoa, founded by the great, great, great-grandson of James Cadbury. You will also find Chocolate Libertine, based in Buckingham, with everything done by hand, using the finest Belgium chocolate, and natural ingredients. And lastly The Chocolate Tree, award-winning small-batch chocolate producers from Scotland, working from bean to bar, using premium heirloom cacao from Madagascar, Mexico, Belize, Peru and Venezuela, in their own words ‘Precisely roasted, obsessively winnowed, patiently stoneground, couched and tempered for fine texture and flavour.’

Kitchen news: lots going on here which we will go into more detail about next time, but they will be relaunching various in-house ranges, with some exciting new flavours our quiche and sandwich offering.

Spring Produce: As ever, we will follow the seasons and present basket fulls of the best that is available to you from the market.

It going to be a busy, busy spring. We will be ready to welcome you in store for a chat and look forward to seeing you soon. Come and taste our new products, pop into the new store and celebrate British Cheese at the festival!

We hope you have enjoyed reading all about our seasonal and new produce.  Please follow us on social media @bayleyandsage and sign up to our newsletter here if you would like to receive all our up to date news on events, new stores and competitions.

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