£2.60 – £15.60
This is a strong and creamy cheddar which is then blended with horseradish and parsley. It is made in Abergavenny and is named after the military marching song, Men of Harlech.
Harlech Castle sits on a rock, very close to the Irish Sea. It dates back to the 13th Century but it is the role it played during the War of the Roses in the 15th Century that is memorialised in the Men of Harlech song. The Castle withstood a siege for 7 years between 1461 – 1468 when the Lancastrian soldiers eventually gave way to the Yorkist invaders. This is the longest known siege in British history.
Since then it has been the subject of many invasions, indeed during the English Civil War of 1642 it was the last fortification to fall to the Parliamentary Army. Nowadays the castle is a tourist destination, mostly due to its World Heritage Site status.
Abergavenny Fine Food Company is set in one of Wales’ best known farming areas. It is a family owned business with a long history of producing some of Wales’ most renowned cheeses. The company uses traditional cheesemaking methods to produce their waxed cheeses. These cheeses are made in small batches, using locally sourced milk and the finished cheeses are then waxed by hand to create a truly artisan cheese.
Try pairing Harlech with a brown ale.