On a recent visit to family in the Cotswolds we decided to head to Chipping Sodbury, which was close for some provisions, knowing that “The Fabulous Baker Brothers” Tom and Henry Herbert had their shops here, naturally we headed straight for here, but it was great to see other great shops in this delightful town.
I was very impressed with the range of lovely goodies on offer in both the butchery and bakery, the butchery had well aged meat and game, was well presented and looked very tempting, I bought some stunning Tolouse sausages, which were well flavoured with herbs and garlic and made with quality pork, and a Scotch Egg, that although looked good I was a little disappointed with to be honest, the egg was cooked perfectly, but I found the sausagemeat a bit on the dry side and the crumb coating had parted company with the sausagemeat.
In the bakery we were tempted by a beautiful French style loaf, some treacle tarts, and a lardy cake (which didn’t make it back far enough for the photo), the loaf was fantastic, with a crisp crust and soft crumb and was perfect for a sausage sandwich using the tolouse sausages and lashings of mustard. The treacle tarts were lovely and moist without being too sweet, and the lardy cake was stunning, it took me back to how these cakes used to be when I was a child and before the health police ruined them.
A real treat, and certainly worth paying a visit if you’re in the area.