After attending New Hampshire’s first-ever Craft Brew Conference, Eric and I decided to get Thai food on the way home. On the way to pick up our meals we walked by Baron Forrester, a little Hampton cheese shop I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit, and Eric suggested we check it out since we had a little time to kill—excellent decision-making on his part!
Baron Forrester is absolutely adorable—it’s a little place specializing in old-world wine, cheese, baked goods, and coffee. We were surprised to find them open at 7:00pm on a Friday night, since their shop said it closed at 6:30pm, and expected to spend only a few minutes looking around before the patrons at the small bar closed their tabs, so we were delighted to be offered samples of wine, cheese, and baguette upon our arrival. Apparently, every Friday night Baron stays open a bit later to host a wine and cheese sampling.
If you’re ever in the area, I strongly encourage you to attend a sampling. The owners, Julie and Sean, are warm and charismatic, Julie makes all of the bread and pastries on site in their mini French kitchen, and the level of pretension that I’ve experienced in other cheese shops is non-existent. In fact, Julie made it clear that she has no problem at all recommending “porch pounders” when the need arises and I thoroughly appreciate that.
Before we left, we chose a gorgeous fresh-baked baguette and a delicious Manchego. I left my email address for the mailing list and plan on visiting again next week 🙂