GORSEHILL ABBEY CHEESE

 

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St Egwin

St Egwin is a rich supple cheese which becomes more aromatic as it ages, and is normally matured from one to 8 months

It was named after the founder of our local Evesham abbey, who is usually pictured with a fish and a key.  Legend has it that to expiate the sins of his youth he went on a pilgrimage to Rome and before leaving locked his feet in fetters and threw the key in the river Avon.

Some time later either near Marseilles or in the Tiber a large fish was taken from the water, and upon gutting it a key was found which fitted the fetters.  On his return to his bishopric of Worcester Egwin founded the Abbey of Evesham, where he was later buried