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Pubs develop an appetite for Sperrins' blue cheese

Blue cheese from the Sperrins is to be served in three well-known bar-restaurants in Belfast. Sperrin Blue, which is made by Tamnagh Foods in Co Londonderry, will now be served in McHugh's, The Apartment and the Kitchen Bar. The three pubs are owned by Henry and Seamus Downey.

The cheese has been supplied to the Downey Group by Henderson Foodservice, which says it aims to provide small food companies with a route to market.

Sean Owens, head of food operations at the Downey Group, said food provenance was becoming more and more important. He said he planned to pair the cheese with a gourmet range of beef, adding: "As a Derry man, very familiar with the area where the milk used to make this cheese comes from, obviously I was intrigued by the Sperrin Blue product. It's a subtle blue cheese, creamy and mellow, with a slight nutty taste."

Julie Hickey from Tamnagh Foods said: "We are committed to the principles of artisan production – carefully producing food with the minimum use of machines to maximise the natural flavours of the food and hopefully diners in Belfast will enjoy what we have to offer."

Henderson Foodservice said it was "passionate about discovering local food heroes".

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