The northernmost county in England, Northumberland (formerly the Kingdom of Northumbria) is a mostly rural area on the eastern coast. Northumberland is the site of Hadrian's Wall, a fortification which dates to the time of the Roman Empire.

Northumberland is also the home of Earl Grey, for whom a classic blend of tea was named.


Northumberland is also an eponymous cheese of the county, first produced by Mark Robertson in 1987. It is based on the European washed curd technique, and is a hard cheese derived of cow's milk.

The cheese is moist and firm, with a fruity flavour, and features a thin natural dusty grey rind. It is aged in stone cellars for ten weeks, and has a high fat content of 55%

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