Locals and tourists alike will get the chance to taste some of the best cheeses the region has to offer with an upcoming specialty train journey. 

The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway is running an evening cheese and wine train on Saturday, June 1, featuring local suppliers and some award-winning produce, including one of the top 16 cheeses in the world.

The cheese selection provided by Wallingford Local Producers Market will be largely sourced from local producers.

To find matching wines, the CWR is drawing on the expertise of Wallingford-based wine merchant Pierre Le Vin.

The most local cheese choices will be two goats cheeses from Shillingford-based Norton and Yarrow, Sinodun Hill and Brightwell Ash.

The cheesemakers describe Sinodun Hill as having a unique, mousse-like texture and a bright citrus flavour with red fruit and almond notes.

It won Best Artisan Cheese at the World Cheese Awards in November 2022 and Best New Cheese at the Artisan Cheese Awards in May 2017.

Brightwell Ash is a ripened goats cheese disc with an ash based natural rind.

Moving further afield, cow’s milk cheeses from the Nettlebed Creamery can also be enjoyed on the train while sheep’s cheese will also be available in the shape of Riseley in Berkshire-based Village Maid’s Wigmore and Spenwood.

Wigmore is a semi-soft cheese which was selected by the Super Jury at the 2023/24 World Cheese Awards as one of the top 16 cheeses in the world.