Try a chunk of award-winning Welsh cheese
Nutty Cheddar, tangy blue, creamy goats cheese and crumbly Caerphilly cheese – our award-winning Welsh cheeses are just the thing to perk up a picnic or to enjoy by a crackling fire with a bottle of wine.
Made in Rhyl by the Snowdonia Cheese Company, Red Devil is a fiery, red-wax-coated Red Leicester made from pasteurised milk with chillies and crushed pepper. The company also makes a fantastic black-wax-coated mature cheddar called Little Black Bomber, and a creamy cheddar with garlic and herbs called Green Thunder.
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Look out for cheese from this multi-award-winning Ceredigion dairy at festivals, delis and farmers markets. One of Caws Cenarth's specialities, Perl Las, is an organic blue with a thin rind and a creamy smooth, yellow interior, streaked with deep blue blotches. It’s stronger than Stilton with a peppery bite and a sea-salty finish.
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Teifi Cheese is a smooth-textured gouda-style cheese made in Ceredigion from locally sourced raw (unpasteurised) milk. You can drop in to the dairy at Glynhynod Farm on a weekday to see how it’s made. The cheesemakers recommend you arrive as near to 9am as you can – by then, they’ve already done three hours’ work.
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The Haverfordwest Creamery has scooped awards for its White Medium and Pembrokeshire Mature. Top points for originality go to Pwll Mawr by the Blaenafon Cheddar Company, which is matured at the bottom of the Big Pit mine shaft. Among Blaenafon’s other inventions are a scrummy goats cheese called OMG (Oak-smoked Mountain Goat). South Caernarfon Creameries, Llandyrnog Creamery, The Pembrokeshire Cheese Company and Holden Farm Dairy in the Cambrian Mountains also make award-winning cheddars.
Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese
Pant Mawr Farm in Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Mountains makes cheese from local goats milk and cows milk. Among the winners in the range are sustainably Oak Smoked Cerwyn and Drewi-Sant, a soft, mild, straw-coloured cheese flavoured with mead. The farm shop offers coffee and tastings.
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Pant Ysgawn Organic Goats Cheese
Made by award-winning artisan food maker Tony Craske at Blaenavon near Abergavenny, this cheese uses a simple blend of goats milk curds from local Soil Association certified farms and salt, with no rennet. It’s very mild for a goats cheese. Between trips to Wales, you can stock up at Waitrose.
Most resembling cheddar in terms of its consistency and taste, ‘Caerphilly’ is a hard, crumbly, white cheese originating from, you guessed it, the town of Caerphilly in South Wales. Unfortunately, Caerphilly cheese is no longer made in Caerphilly, but fear not, a Welsh creamery near Pwllheli, Dragon Wales, is still making the iconic Welsh staple today. It’s recently been awarded European Protected Food Status, joining the likes of Anglesey sea salt and Welsh lamb.