Hamm Tun Fine Foods
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Founded by Gary Bradshaw in 2013, Hamm Tun Fine Foods produces award-winning cheeses including ‘Cobblers Nibble’ and ‘Northamptonshire Blue’. The county’s first commercial cheese maker for as long as most people can remember, its cheeses are made by hand in traditional open vats using pasteurised cows’ milk from a Northamptonshire Friesian herd.
Cobblers Nibble is a hard cheese described by Gary as a cross between Wensleydale, Brie and Stilton – a type of cheese that is unique to the county. Northamptonshire Blue is a semi-soft blue cheese with citrus notes and is possibly my favourite of the two – although it’s a close call! They are both delicious and dangerously moreish. Both have a distinctive natural rind that is produced during the aging process – a process which is a well-guarded secret!
You can buy Ham Tunn cheeses from several places around Northamptonshire including Beckworth Emporium and St Giles Cheese. For a full list of stockists head over to their website. Also, keep your eyes peeled if you are at any local food festivals – Hamm Tun can often be found there selling its cheeses.
It is believed that ‘Hamm Tun’ was the Saxon name for Northampton, meaning ‘village by the well-watered meadow’. Later the prefix ‘North’ was added, creating ‘North Hamm Tun’.
By Lisa Hayter, south Northants editor