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All Things Cheese (and Cider!) At Royal Bath & West Show

Earlier in the week, I wrote about our trip to the Royal Bath & West Show last weekend. We were invited by Barber’s Cheesemakers, a Somerset family business which was established in the early 1800’s. Their farms now comprise of 3000 acres of land with 2000 Holstein Friesian cows. Their flagship product is the 1833 Vintage Reserve, which we ate a LOT of at the Royal Bath & West Show. Only a few of their vats each month are deemed good enough to be matured for 24 months to reach its full potential. And my goodness, it was a delicious and strong cheddar. As Barber’s explain, although the cheese retains a distinctive smooth and creamy background, it often has a slightly crunchy texture. This is the result of the natural development of calcium lactate crystals late in the ageing process.     Upon arriving at the show ground, after a very eventful taxi journey with a driver that I can only describe as being like the mad aunt from Greg Davies’ ‘Man Down’, we were greeted by …