Cheese-tasting at The Red Lion in Stathern

Great Food Mag has just returned from a waist-line expanding cheese-tasting session at The Red Lion, Stathern.

The event was run by Tim Brown (pictured centre) of The Melton Cheeseboard and was held to help The Red Lion and sister pub The Olive Branch of Clipsham, Rutland, to choose their new cheeseboards for the menus. On the left of the picture is Marcus Welford, landlord of The Red Lion and on the other side of Tim in white is Sean Hope, head chef and joint-owner of The Olive Branch.

Judging by the samples on offer, their new cheeseboards will be fantastic and we can’t wait to check them out soon. Some of the highlights of the tasting were Long Clawson Leicester – a beautiful, nutty, caramel-tasting cheese; Lancashire Black Bomb (pictured below) – a incredibly rich Lancs number that comes wrapped in a round black wax; Appleby Cheshire – a simple but wonderful-tasting creation (Cheshire is widely considered Britain’s oldest cheese, by the way); and intense Lanark Blue – a taste-bud popping fizzer of thing.

All are on sale at The Melton Cheeseboard, and will be available to taste at The Olive Branch and Red Lion soon.

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.