Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop – more of Alex James’ cheese

Food & drink
Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop – Alex James’ cheese

The blue cheese I tried a couple of weeks ago was sensational, so I thought some more of Alex James’ cheeses might be worth a look.

Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop are both goat cheeses, made in complete 115g rounds.  They’re not cheap, at £6.99 each, but you get a lot of flavour for your seven quid.

Farleigh Wallop Alex James

Farleigh Wallop tastes clean and fresh, with the slightest hint of thyme from the sprig pressed into the top.  It’s slightly firm and quite delicate and subtle.  It was voted Best Goat Cheese at the 2008 British Cheese Award, and it’s easy to see why.

Little Wallop is a different beast entirely.  Bigger and gutsier, it’s another goat’s milk cheese, this time washed with Somerset cider brandy and wrapped in vine leaves.  The brandy leaves a lingering, nutty taste and the cheese is softer and more pliable than it’s cousin. It’s a gorgeous cheese.

Both Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop, along with the brilliant Blue Monday are available from Matt at Coxon’s Kitchen in Saltaire.  Thanks to Matt for putting these aside for me.

Farleigh Wallop Alex James

Credit for this photo goes to Lara, aged three.  This is her first attempt at food photography, and I think she shows promise