The Duchess of Cornwall got a little bit cheesy earlier this week when she visited Bath Soft Cheese at Park Farm.
During her visit, Camilla toured both the farm and its cheese-making facilities, and, of course, did a taste test of their cheeses.
Per Clarence House, “The Padfields began making cheese on the farm in the early 1990s and now produce four signature cheeses: the Bath Soft Cheese, the Wyfe of Bath, the Merry Wyfe (washed in cider) and the 2014 World Champion Bath Blue Cheese. The company was also recently crowned ‘Supreme Champions’ at the 2019 International Cheese Awards.”
Speaking to Hello!, Bath Soft Cheese’s managing director, Hugh Padfield, said that having Camilla visit was “such a privilege.”
He continued, “She said the Merry Wyfe was her favourite. Merry Wyfe is washed with cider made on the farm every other day for four weeks. It was mentioned a couple of times that Prince Charles is a fan of smelly cheese. He previously tried our cheese and she said, ‘I remember him having that – he really enjoyed it.’”
The Duchess of Cornwall was given a package of their four kinds of cheese and joked that her husband, Prince Charles, might not have the chance to try any of them. “He’s away in Japan at the moment but I might be a good wife and keep it to share with him on his return,” she told the cheesemakers. The Prince has been in Japan this week to attend the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and engagements linking Britain and Japan interests.
“The Duchess charmed us all with her interest in cheese making and farming. Such a pleasure to have her visit,” Bath Soft Cheese wrote on Facebook after her visit. All of their cheeses are organic, pasteurised, made and matured on Park Farm, per their website.
She also met with schoolchildren from St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School who have been visiting Bath Soft Cheese to learn more about the cheese-making process.