Launched by passionate food and drink explorers Pam and Francis Gimblett in 2016, Gimblett Cheese Company are cheesemakers based in Haslemere, Surrey.
Gimblett Cheese’s showcase product is Floyd, a ‘Haslemere’ as they call it, which is a soft, washed-rind cheese from the Surrey Hills.
Their British cheese is produced using milk from a small Jersey herd close to the dairy, and is moist, but not sticky, with a pinkish rind that protects a creamy core rich in flavour.
The Gimblett Cheese micro-dairy sits on a wooded slope to the north of the Surrey town of Haslemere, near the Sussex and Hampshire borders. The area’s cool and humid climate is ideal for the development of Floyd’s unique texture.
The cheese is produced in small batches and can be bought at farmers' markets and farm shops in the Haslemere area - keep an eye out for the next release, as it tends to sell out quickly.
Food and drink tasting
As well as their cheese making, Pam and Francis also run a food and drink tasting events business called Taste of the Vine with a group of industry expert friends.
Since 1997, the Taste of the Vine team has entertained high-flying corporate clients from around the world with their passionate knowledge for wine (Francis was a head sommelier at the age of 19!), cheese, beer, whisky and more.
Taste of the Vine’s event formats have evolved into a highly polished blend of information, interaction and humour over the years, and they really go the extra mile for their unique and highly informed content.
For example, as 2018 fades into 2019, Francis has set himself a unique foodie quest – to visit 100 British cheesemakers in 100 days, `wild camping’ in his Land Rover with just his mobile phone for company.
You can track the progress of Francis' cheese adventure around Britain on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, as well as reading all about the challenge here on the Local Food Britain blog.
Local Food Surrey says
Pam and Francis Gimblett are a charming and intensely knowledgeable foodie couple. For some, running a food and drink events business would be enough but such is their passion for the industry, they dived in a launched their own cheese business too. It’s a hugely inspiring tale.
Francis is also a keen writer and his book, In and out of Africa …in search of Gérard Depardieu, is a compelling account of a road trip through the vineyards of North Africa's Maghreb. We can’t wait to follow his British cheese adventures.
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