£2.20 – £13.20
Westcombe Cheddar is known as the 5-mile cheddar. Have a taste and it will still be with you as you drive five miles down the road.
Westcombe Dairy can be found in the Batcombe Vale of Somerset. It is made by Tom Calver using the milk from his father’s herd of Friesian cows. They have been making cheddar cheese in the dairy since 1890, making it one of the oldest farmhouse cheddars still produced in the UK. Tom is a perfectionist and leaves nothing to chance when producing his cheeses, everything he does in the dairy is designed to ensure that his cheddar is consistently of the highest standard.
Westcombe cheddar is matured in cloth for 12 months in a man-made cave which has been designed to create the ideal maturing conditions. During these 12 months the cheeses are regularly turned to make sure that they develop evenly. Westcombe are unique in the fact that they have a robot which does the cheese turning. Rather aptly they have named the robot Tina Turner!
We head down to Somerset to buy our cheddars direct from the cheesemakers. This means we get to chat to them and find out all their latest news. At Westcombe we also collect our Duckett’s Caerphilly which is made by Tom at the dairy.
Westcombe Cheddar has a deep complex flavour with a mellow lactic tang and long notes of citrus, hazelnut and caramel. The texture is structured and firm, with a smooth breakdown that keeps the flavours lingering on your palate. It pairs brilliantly with a Somerset cider.