Cheese lovers can choose a delicious heart-shaped Coeur de Neufchâtel or a luxurious version of this cheese, a Coeur de Neufchâtel aux Truffes. There is also a selection of fine cheese homewares for serving cheese à deux for that extra special romantic touch. Then finally, to top it off there’s a delicious house Champagne, perfect for accompanying fine cheese. All you need to do is decide which items to buy for your heart’s desire.
All the items are available from Paxton & Whitfield’s four shops in Jermyn Street - Piccadilly, Cale Street – Chelsea Green, Bath and Stratford upon Avon, as well as online at paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.
Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO* (£7.50/ 200g) - Hand-picked for its unique flavour and superb quality, this heart shaped delicious artisan cheese dates back over 1,000 years to 1035 when Hugues I of Gournay gave it to the Abbey of Sigy as a tithe. During the Hundred Years War, legend tells that local girls from Neufchâtel-en-Bray offered the cheese to English soldiers, who thought that the cheese tasted like heaven and that the bloomy white cheeses, shaped like a heart, were angel wings. This makes it the perfect cheese for romantics to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. This smooth, creamy artisan cheese is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk, in upper Normandy, France, and takes its name from the town where it is made, Neufchâtel. Similar to Camembert in texture and taste, it has a richer flavour with a hint of mushrooms and a soft white velvety rind. It is the oldest cheese to be made in Normandy and since 1977 it has been a protected cheese, being given the Protected Designated Origin (PDO) status.
Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO* aux Truffes (£10.25/225g) - This delicious heart-shaped cheese is made even more special with the addition of black summer truffles that have been mixed with creamy Brillat Savarin cheese. This moreish blend is then spread between two halves of the Coeur de Neufchâtel to create a decadent cheese sandwich. Perfect for a Valentine’s supper. NOTE: This cheese can only be ordered from the shops.
Paxton’s Raclette Heater (£30.00) - A great gift for a couple who love their cheese, this raclette heater has two raclette pans that rest on a stand. The cheese is melted on the pans by the heat of tealights that sit beneath them. The pack contains two pans, two spatulas, the stand, a recipe booklet and eight tealights. It comes presented in a Paxton & Whitfield branded presentation box.
Paxton’s Fondue Set for Two (£35.00) - What could be cosier on Valentine’s night than this grey ceramic fondue set for two? It comes branded with the Paxton & Whitfield logo on the outside and it sits on a wooden base. The heat to melt the cheese comes from a tealight. The pack contains the ceramic fondue, two forks, the wooden base, a tea light and a recipe booklet. It comes presented in a Paxton & Whitfield branded presentation box.
Paxton & Whitfield Champagne Grand Cru (£40.00) - The perfect way to round off your evening is with a bottle of Paxton & Whitfield’s specially selected Champagne. Chosen by Paxton’s wine buyer for the unique flavours that make it suitable to eat with cheese, this Champagne uses the Pinot Noir grape to give great depth and a full flavour.