Popular amongst farm shops and delis for its Sharpham Brie and Ticklemore, Sharpham Dairy launched two new chutneys – British Bramley Apple & Hunts Wobbler Cider Chutney, and Ploughman’s Hunters Elmhirst Ale – at Dartmouth Food Festival on 21 October with a retail price of £4.50. They are the newest additions to the chutney range, which already includes Red Onion, Rosemary & Thyme Chutney, Caramelised Fig & Sharpham Pinot Noir Marmalade, and Smokey Red Pepper and Tomato Jam.
Developed with Devon-based Highfield Preserves, who has been making artisan preserves since 1984, this versatile range of chutneys, which are vegetarian, have been designed to pair perfectly with cheese. They also pack a fruity punch for boosting flavour in dishes such as shepherd’s pie and stuffing or packing on picnics to accompany cold meats.
British Bramley Apple & Hunts Wobbler Cider Chutney £4.50 – combined with ground spices, and sultanas, it is slightly sharp, tangy and lightly spiced.
Hunts medium sweet ‘Wobbler’ cider and tart Bramley apple pairs beautifully with rich, oozy Sharpham Camembert. Try dropping a spoonful on top, before baking until the topping is sticky and the centre is perfectly gooey.
Ploughman’s Hunters Elmhirst Ale Chutney £4.50 – a traditional chutney with chunky veg, raisins, dates and a good measure of local ale from Hunters brewery. Naturally, perfectly paired with cheese, or with cold meats and pork pies.
The couple who inspired the eponymous Hunters Brewery Elmhirst Ale and also Sharpham Elmhirst cheese, Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst, were pioneering entrepreneurs who founded the Dartington Hall Project nearly 100 years ago. As innovative thinkers, Dartington became a magnet for artists, architects, writers and philosophers and musicians from around the world who brought colour to South Devon.
Hunters Elmhirst Ale has been commissioned exclusively for Dartington Cider Press at The Shops at Dartington. It’s a rich, mellow traditional ale with a good depth of flavour.
Commenting on the new chutneys, Sharpham Dairy’s Greg Parsons said: “We are delighted to extend our chutney range to perfectly accompany our soft cheeses. We are proud Devon people and take every opportunity to showcase our wonderful produce, so it has been a real pleasure to work with Don and the team at Highfield, along with Hunts Cider and Hunters Brewery. This is a special launch that we hope will inspire others to collaborate.”
Don Fraser, Managing Director of Highfield Preserves said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Sharpham on developing their range of chutneys which pair so well with cheese. We feel a great sense of pride working with a local company who is respected not only locally but nationally too. We love to support local companies, and our partnership with Sharpham works so well because they have a similar ethos to us in wanting to produce only the best quality products and showcasing local ingredients where possible.”