ENGLAND: A CHEDDAR ODDYSEY
A 5 Day Itinerary
MAY 7-12, 2018
Day 1 Monday May 7
Somerset and North Cadbury Court
British and European travelers meet at the lobby of the Sofitel Hotel in Terminal 5 of London's Heathrow Airport at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Guests travel with Cheese Journeys co-host to Somerset, England with a short stop at Stonehenge Visitor Center. Upon arriving at North Cadbury, your group meets the American cheese travelers for lunch at Camelot Pub. Both groups arrive at North Cadbury Court – the family home of Jamie Montgomery and home for the next four nights. This exquisite 21-bedroom English manor has great history - linked to Jane Austen, Camelot and King Arthur and the family home of world-renowned cheddar maker Jamie Montgomery.
We’ll spend the afternoon touring this historic property with owner Archie Montgomery, who, with his wife Janet, are responsible for the recent restoration of this remarkable property. This family home has been host to many historic events and the set location for the 2007 Jane Austen film, “Persuasion”. Archie and Janet will be our dinner guests for a classic British feast prepared by Chef Sylvain. Finish the evening with a moonlit walk, a relaxing swim or a nightcap and a game of snooker.
Day 2 Tuesday May 8
Montgomery’s Cheddar-making, walk on Camelot, dinner with Jamie
After an early breakfast, submerge yourself into the world of British clothbound cheddar - by spending a dream day with Jamie Montgomery. Walk down the road to the Montgomery farm and creamery to see the making of Montgomery Cheddar and Ogleshield. Return to the house for a classic ploughman’s lunch and local brews. Join Jamie for an afternoon walking tour of the extended area of the Montgomery estate including the dairy, pastures of Jersey cows and the legendary castle ruins of King Arthur's Camelot. We finish the day with a game of golf off the roof and a raclette-style dinner of Ogleshield. Finish the night with a pint and local music at the Montgomerys' Camelot Pub.
Day 3 Wednesday May 9
Westcombe Cheddar, Wild Beer Company, evening with cheese royalty
The group has two options for the morning:
Option #1 - Slightly more obsessed cheese lovers are personally invited down the road to visit Tom Calver, the young and dynamic cheese maker of Westcombe Cheddar and close friend of London chef Jamie Oliver. Westcombe Cheddar is one of the three traditional cheddars awarded an International Presidia by the Slow Food movement. You’ll tour the creamery and peek inside the newly built cheese aging caves to see classic farmhouse Westcombe Cheddars, Duckett’s Aged Caerphilly and Westcombe Red. You’ll have the opportunity to pair these lovelies with some of the best craft beers in the UK, as you enjoy lunch with Tom and his neighbors from the Wild Beer Company.
Option #2 -Enhance your painting skills as you enjoy a hands on class with well known food and cheese artist Mike Geno, profiled in the NY Times. Relax playing tennis, swimming, biking or hiking as you appreciate the many amenities offered at North Cadbury Court. A refreshing lunch and afternoon tea and scones will be provided by Chef Sylvain.
Later in the day, Anna has invited a few more British cheese makers to join us at NCC for an English BBQ. Enjoy a festive evening of great food and interesting conversation with some of Britain's best cheese makers and food producers.
Day 4 Thursday May 10
Somerset Cider Brandy Company, cooking demonstrations, farewell dinner
After breakfast and a relaxing morning, we meet up with the colorful cider maker Julian Temperley to taste some of the best hard ciders made in England during a tour of The Somerset Cider Brandy Company. We enjoy lunch before returning to NCC for an afternoon cooking class with Chef Sylvain. Chef Sylvain Jamois is a charming French native and his cooking classes have become a favorite with guests. Sylvain is a master of French, Italian and English cuisine who knows artisan cheese and is an adept teacher. His hands-on cooking demonstration features regional cuisine and local ingredients. The food prepared will be enjoyed by all during our final meal that evening.
Day 5 Friday May 11
Bath, food walking tour, spa day
After an early breakfast, we bid farewell to North Cadbury Court and travel to the historic city of Bath, home to Jane Austen, the spectacular ancient Roman Baths, and - a thriving food culture! Spend the morning on a walking-and-tasting tour with our local guide discovering local specialties, top food and drink hotspots, historical and cultural insights, shopping tips and of course, one of our very favorite cheese shops. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city, as well as to shop for local treasures before leaving for home. This last afternoon and evening are free to shop, visit the Baths, schedule time at the Roman Spa, tour the Jane Austen Museum or kick back in a local pub.
Day 6 May 12
Return to Heathrow
After breakfast and a 9am check out at the hotel, the group departs for the two hour drive to The Sofitel Hotel, Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, for the conclusion of the tour.
Tour Price Includes: Double Occupancy, $3000.00 US and Single Occupancy Room, $3500.00 US
Tour begins and ends at The Sofitel Hotel, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Transportation provided to North Cadbury Court to meet the 9 day tour group. All additional transportation during the tour, all classes and/or day tours provided by local hosts, cheese educators and chefs. Lodging for five nights, breakfast provided five mornings; five noon and five evening meals (alcoholic beverages served with meals).
Tour Price Does Not Include:
Round trip transportation to The Sofitel Hotel, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Any personal shopping and/or food and beverage during the walking tours of London and Bath food markets and shops. During our stay at North Cadbury Court, specific alcoholic beverages, other than those served at meals and tasting events, can be purchased separately from the host.
Slight details with the itinerary may be subject to change; Cheese Journeys reserves the right to substitute an event if needed. During the tour, you have the option of declining a particular excursion or tour but, please note, we are unable to make refunds for any missed meals, classes or events. Maximum of 8 guests/ bookings for the 5 day tour. Minimum number of guests have been booked for the 9 day tour. Additional bookings for 9 and 5 day tours is available until April 1, 2018.
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