7 of the best Somerset cheeses for Christmas
- Credit: Clare Kinchin Photography
We put together the perfect Somerset cheeseboard in time for Christmas
Godminster celebration cake
If you want to take the hassle out of buying cheese separately and want a spectacular centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table then look no further than the Godminster celebration cake.
This beautiful 2.65kg tower comprises a 1kg organic brie, a 1kg truckle of the burgundy waxed Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar, a 250g organic brie and a 200g oak-smoked vintage organic Cheddar, all topped off with a 200g vintage organic Cheddar heart.
Wyke Farms extra mature Cheddar
The Wyke Farms extra mature Cheddar is full-flavoured and is the perfect Cheddar to have on your Christmas table. We can’t posibbly have a Somerset cheeseboard without a decent Cheddar, right?
The Bath Soft Cheese Co’s Bath Blue
The Bath Soft Cheese Co is famous for its award-winning cheeses. This smooth, creamy, punchy offering is the perfect blue cheese to spread on crackers or enjoy with some grapes.
Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Cheddar with a slosh of Port
Port doesn’t need to come separately to cheese. Why not try the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Cheddar with a slosh of port? Sweet and savoury combine to make cheesy perfection. Pick up some of the company’s delicious cheese straws too while you’re at it - they are divine.
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Neal’s Yard Ogleshield
William Oglethorpe – then senior cheese maturer at Neal’s Yard Dairy – came up with the idea of washing the cheese with a brine solution in order to better mature it, and, in recognition of his contribution, his surname was incorporated into its name. After being moulded, the cheeses are washed with a brine solution every three days, creating a moist, slightly pungent rind which softens the cheese and enriches its deep, savoury flavour.
Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly
Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly offers multiple flavours within one cheese; the centre is sharper, rich and fresh, whilst the rind presents a contrasting earthy, natural flavour.
Lubborn Somerset Brie
No cheeseboard is complete without a decent brie added into the mix. A fine 60 per cent mould ripened brie produced by Lubborn Cheese at Cricket St Thomas in Somerset, this cheese is creamy with a mild, fresh flavour and a soft edible rind. As it ripens, over a period of seven weeks, from the outside in, it becomes softer with a fuller flavour. You can buy it from, among other places, Longman’s of Yeovil.
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