Paxton & Whitfield Dinner Party Cheeseboards with Confit Gift Set

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Country England
Brand Paxton & Whitfield

A Fantastic gift for cheese lovers: Four acacia wood boards with storage stand accompanied by a selection of four delicious fruit confits - Perfect for dinner parties!

Polish off a dinenr with guests with this lovely serving set, put together by cheese experts Paxton & Whitfield. The four acacia wood boards are accompanied by four delicious fruit confits, specially selected to complement different types of cheese - just hand round the boards, let your guests choose their favourite fromage and try confit combinations. With Pear & Vanilla for hard, Quince & Apple and Apricot & Orange for soft, and White Fig for goats' cheese, they're sure to find a flavour that suits.

Just remember to have a good selection of port on hand too! >Choose your Port here!<

Country Of Origin: England

Paxton & Whitfield was first recorded as a partnership in 1797, but its origins began in 1742 when Stephen Cullum set up a cheese stall in Aldwych market. As London became increasingly affluent Sam Cullum (Stephen's son) moved his cheese business closer to his wealthy customer base, near to Jermyn Street where there is still a shop today. He also took on two new partners - Harry Paxton and Charles Whitfield. Ironically it is their names, not his, which grace the shop fronts now. The Company's reputation grew steadily, culminating in 1850 with the honour of being appointed cheesemonger to HM Queen Victoria. It was the first of many Royal Warrants that the Company has held.


While the earlier years were good for Paxton & Whitfield, times were tougher from the 1860s. Smart society's appetite for traditional English farmhouse cheese was fading in favour of Continental cheese and, in England, factory style production was becoming the established practice. Many artisan cheeses totally disappeared as small farmers sent their milk to industrial creameries. This trend continued throughout the two World Wars and, in the 1940s, with eggs, butter and cheese in short supply 93 Jermyn Street became an ordinary grocery shop.


After World War II and a series of different owners, business improved as Paxtons rekindled their contacts with the traditional cheesemakers of rural Britain and started bringing in the best that Europe could offer. Two new Paxtons opened, in Stratford upon Avon and Bath, not to mention their virtual shop on the web. Customers who value quality know they will always be able to find it at Paxtons. As Winston Churchill once observed "a gentleman only buys his cheese at Paxton & Whitfield".


We are delighted to be stocking some of their finest gifts - the perfect partnerships for port and fine wine with delicious cheeses.


Country Of Origin: England

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