Restraint was far from our minds as we entered the marquee that is home to the now famous International Cheese Awards at the Nantwich show. Tempted by producers with platefuls of never before seen cheese, suddenly you arrive at the point where it feels like you have eaten your own body weight in gorgeous cheese…..and in fact you probably have…….. but I digress readers, as you may legitimately be wondering what an earth any of this has do to with tea……
Well, quite honestly, tea was furthest from my mind on this splendid occasion well, as far as it can ever be, then by some serendipitous accident, I stumbled across the closed thing to tea that you were going to find at a cheese show – an afternoon tea made entirely from cheese! And not just any old cheese, my dears, this was gorgeous Butlers cheese, of Blacksticks Blue fame.
As coincidence would have it, the creator of this marvellous afternoon tea happened to pass by as I was admiring its genius – what are the chances of that, really quite extraordinary. Anyway, she took me through the menu. Who could resist honey drizzled mejool dates stuffed with blacksticks blue and walnuts or creamy Lancashire stuffed Eccles cakes. My favourite though had to be the red Leicester and spring onion teacup muffins – so original.
All I can say is that this inspiring, sumptuous and entirely cheese focused afternoon tea is going to be recreated very shortly (ahem that’s when I have recovered from a slight over indulgence of cheese – ness) with a nice fragrant brew to accompany it.
Thank you to the lovely lady from Butlers. who was so delightful – her cheesy afternoon tea made my visit quite the perfect day.