Other than buying some books from Simon, and a pizza tray, I was expecting a quiet day in Bath. Ha! I was ambushed. There was a cheese festival in Milsom Place. I would have tweeted from it, but much of the area is under cover so the normally poor O2 reception in Bath was a total disaster. I did, however, buy cheese.
Most of what I bought was from Caws Cenarth, a Welsh cheesemaker from near Cardigan Bay. Rick Stein is apparently a big fan of their cheeses, so they have the foodie stamp of approval. Kiera Knightley likes them too, so clearly they make good pirate food. They had a special offer going, so I came away with samples of the Caerffili (actually a version with cranberries, which is delightful), the Tomi Twym, which is flavored with sun-dried tomatoes, chili and white wine, and the Perl Lâs, which is a blue Caerffili. Their Golden Cenarth picked up the Supreme Champion at this year’s British Cheese Awards. I passed on that one as it is a much more delicate flavor that would be best baked like you would do with brie. I was looking for cheeses to eat with robust red wines.
The other cheese I bought was a local product from the Bath Soft Cheese Company. I’m very fond of their Wyfe of Bath, which won a gold medal at this year’s British Cheese Awards, but for today I picked up some of their Bath Blue. I figured it might the right thing to eat while watching Luke Watson and the boys taken on ‘Quins at The Stoop tomorrow (I shall look for you in the crowd, Will).