Sophie Scruton brings local handmade cheese from family-run dairies in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire directly to you, so that your guests and customers can enjoy eating some stunning cheese that they won’t find anywhere else. Sophie goes to three dairies, including one only 3 miles down the road, to obtain the range of cheeses you may want to provide on a really varied cheese board that is also local and distinctive. All the cheeses are special and are good to talk about, whether it is because of the latest prize they have won, or a because they are based on a special recipe passed down through generations, or adapted from a French equivalent.
Sophie and Roger Scruton, established Horsell’s Farm Enterprises in 1999 and were keen to play a part in reviving the rural economy. They acquired a run-down sheep-farm, and a few unprofitable animals, and were acutely aware of the need to bring urban income into the rural landscape if the countryside were to survive. Horsell’s Farm Enterprises was designed to supply this need. The small farms in the surrounding villages were struggling in the business of turning grass into meat and milk. The solution, as they saw it, was to turn grass into ideas, which could be sold down the internet into the urban market, so bringing profit to the farms themselves.
Whilst much of the demand for Rogers work has been in the global sphere, Sophie's work is increasingly indispensible at the most local level, where relationships with the primary producers of food from the surrounding dairy farms enabled her to start a branch of the rural business called Athelstan Farm Foods (AFF) in 2013. AFF now supplies specialist local cheese to restaurants and Farm shops in Wiltshire and The Cotswolds. Sophie personally collects the cheese direct from the farm and delivers direct to the chefs. Athelstan Farm Foods is seen by both the producers and the hospitality trade to be an indispensible link.These local Handmade Cheese from family-run dairies are brought directly to the local eateries, so that guests and customers can enjoy eating some stunning cheese that they won’t find anywhere else. Sophie goes to three dairies (See Local Dairies) to obtain the range of cheeses that are local and distinctive but also provide a great selection on a cheese board (For the full selection check out the Local Cheeses). All the cheeses are special and are good to talk about, whether it is because of the latest prize they have won, or a because they are based on a special recipe passed down through generations, or adapted from a French equivalent.Looking forward to the future, the demand for local produce including cheese is becoming more and more, every pub wants to boast their support for the local produce and few food miles. We can safely say that our customers are supporting the local rural economy and AFF is the essential link. The business is expanding and we are venturing further to enable AFF to bring you a wider selection of cheese. For example we hope soon to be selling traditional Mozzerella, made from traditional Water Buffalo milk from a herd in Hampshire only 50 miles away. Watch this space for more delicious cheeses in pub near you!