At Christmas creating a cheeseboard throws up all sorts of possibilities. Our advice is to go for a limited selection of best-quality artisan cheeses. Your dining room table doesn’t need to resemble your local cheesemonger or supermarket, in terms of range and number of cheeses you offer your family or guests!
If there’s one cheese that speaks of Christmas here in the UK, it has to be a blue cheese, ideally a Stilton and for ‘gold standard’ it has to be a Colston Bassett. Rich, creamy, tangy and full of flavour. The cheese has been around for a long time, with first mention of it back in the 1720’s and it appears to have been first marketed by Cooper Thornhill of the Bell Inn in the village of Stilton.
The delicious Italian sweet bread that arrives in our shops at the start of December each year has acquired cult status amongst some of our long-standing customers. There’s just something about that light, fluffy, sweet, vanilla baked bread with jewels of vine and candied fruits that just sings of Christmas.
Brother and sister, Ollie and Greta Inglis moved to Spain in 2016 and whilst there became passionate about the wonderful world of Vermouth. Originally hailing from Italy, Vermouth is a fortified wine that’s been flavoured with botanicals and was originally used for medicinal purposes, although soon found favour as the aperitif of choice.
When Melrose and Morgan was just a glint in our eyes, over 15 years ago now, one of our main aims in opening a shop was to put grocery shopping back into the community. Back then, supermarkets were multiplying at an ever-increasing rate and ’independent’ was a dirty word. We’d grown up with visits to our local high streets, where we’d shop at the butcher, the baker, the fishmonger, the greengrocer, but now it was all about ‘one stop shopping’.
An apple a day? Well that’s certainly possible for nine months of the year, if you want to eat an apple grown here in the UK. The first apple of the season arrives early in August, most commonly the Discovery, followed by Spartan, Bramley, Cox, Red Windsor, Egremont Russet and Jonagold, with some varieties that can be kept in store until at least April of the following year.