While this is not a major dairy farming area, it is home to some outstanding dairy products including the long-established Carrowholly Cheese.This hard gouda style cheese is hand-made by traditional methods near Westport by Andrew Pelham-Burn, using raw cows’ milk supplied by local farmers and vegetarian rennet.
The original plain cheese has a delicious light nutty flavour that deepens with age, and a very desirable aged version (‘Old Russet’, 6-9 months) is also available. Both of these beautiful cheeses and a Nettle version have won acclaim in the World Cheese Awards, and Carrowholly is also available flavoured with Garlic and Chive; Cumin; and Pepper - the latter being an intriguing combination of whole green peppercorns, crushed black and ‘a hint of cayenne’.
Carrowholly is versatile, for use as a table cheese or in cooking, and will be seen in shops and restaurants in the area as well as Andrew’s market stall and countrywide retail outlets. A good cheese to buy to take home after visiting the area - it’s not too big and will travel well.