Caerphilly Cheese is known worldwide and now has EU protected status. It's made by several producers in Wales, including Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and Caws Cenarth. Caw Cenarth also produces the award-winning 'Pont Gâr' soft cheese, a great palate cleanser and 'Perl Las' – a powerful blue cheese with a lingering mellow creamy aftertaste.
Welsh cheeses are so good they were once used as part of divorce settlements. Under the laws of Welsh ruler Hywel Dda, cheeses that were washed in brine went to the wife and cheeses that were hung up went to the husband.
A leisurely pub lunch or an after dinner cheeseboard is a chance to explore local cheese. If you see ‘caws’ on the menu, take note. ‘Caws’ is the Welsh word for cheese. It is often followed by the name of the farm or region where it is produced like Caws Teifi or Caws Preseli.
Caws Teifi Cheese produces a Dutch style Gouda type cheese with a smooth and creamy texture. Caws Teifi Cheese is part of Teifi Valley Cheese producers; a group of artisan cheesemakers of the highest quality all located within the picturesque Teifi Valley, which has become known as the ‘Loire of Welsh cheese making’.
If goat's cheese is more to your taste, then Abergavenny Fine Food Co. have got it covered, three of their goat's cheeses were given awards by the World Cheese Awards in 2015.
The Blaenafon Cheddar Company produce cheeses flavoured with local alcohols and Pwll Mawr cheddar which is matured 300ft below ground at the bottom of the mine shaft at Big Pit mining museum.
South Caernarfon Creameries make a range of cheeses including the award-winning aged Old Shire Vintage Special Reserve, claimed to be the best vintage cheddar in the world.