So admitted Todd over a delicious dinner with Tom and Anna Herbert at Hobbs House bakery’s fantastic Bistro in Nailsworth.
This gorgeous meal was the grand culinary conclusion to a wonderful day in which Tom took Todd on a journey through the Cotswolds and the history of Hobbs House Bakery and its five generations of bakers, from its early 20th Century roots in Gloucestershire right through to Tom himself, sales director and as their website says, father of 4 aspiring, potentially 6th generation bakers – who I’m glad to say looked after our 2nd generation aspiring cheesemakers admirably. While we went out for dinner.
The pumpkin and bacon soup and the beef brisket was, as Henry Herbert had promised, fantastic. So too were the generous cutlets of lamb roasted in the embers of the wood fired oven.
TODD TEACHES TOASTIES IN THE CORN HALL IN CIRENCESTER
I am yet to hear the tales of the day – we’ve had a rather topsy turvy weekend and now Todd is at the farm for one of the many annual inspections unpasteurised cheesemakers have to endure, so I daresay it will be another week or so before we speak. But I know that he enjoyed the day very much and found everything about Hobbs House bakery and the Herbert family rather inspiring.
And….they sell bread boxes for cheese too!!