Disclosure: This is a review post, I was sent the products free of charge but all views are my own

I’ve had a little flurry of food related review offers recently and quite honestly it’s rare that I say no when someone offers to send me food, especially when it involves a tasty bit of cheese.

The handpicked foodstore is right up my street, they ethically source the best food possible from predominantly UK producers and then deliver it direct to your door. The food that is stocked is chosen by a panel of experts and ranges from smoked salmon to oils and vinegars and even complete hampers.

Handpicked foodstore food

I choose to try the following to get the perfect ingredients for a supper with the lady of the manor, especially when combined with some of my sourdough bread and a glass of wine.

  • Lancashire Strong Bomb cheddar
  • MacGilvray Smoked Mackerel Pate
  • Trealy Farm Monmouthshire Air-Dried Fennel Salami
  • Ouse Valley Red Chilli Jelly

The cheese was awesome, strong but creamy which is a surprisingly difficult thing to pull off. The chilli jam had a nice kick to it without being too hot, also tasty with a bit of cold beef in a sandwich I discovered.

I’ve had fennel salami before so had high hopes for this one, it was really quite tasty, I love the combination of salty, peppery meat and then the aniseed taste of the fennel. Finally the pate was great on some toasted bread with a bit of lemon juice drizzled on top.

We spent a very happy 30 minutes munching away once the children were asleep, with lots of mmm’s and ahhh’s as we tried each thing. Such a treat to eat luxuries like this and was perfect as it came just before we went to Scotland so had a very empty fridge.

If you’re looking for some artisan products for yourself or to send a gift to a foodie friend then the handpicked foodstore is well worth a look. Oh and if you order over £75 it’s free delivery, you can get a lot of cheese for £75 *tummy rumbles in anticipation*.