So many changes during these strange times – including the cancellation of the annual Agricultural Shows with their eagerly awaited Cheese Competitions! As a result of the pandemic, 2020 saw the first VIRTUAL Cheese Awards which were a roaring success. With the added benefit of being able to watch the judging live online! Many of us cheesemakers were mesmerised by the cheese assessments and marking process. We were delighted to win second place in these awards this year, held in May 2021.
In Class: Traditional Cheddar Cheese, our VINTAGE was second
The annual cheese competitions in 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic, but 2019 was a year of great pride for us! The first ‘show’ of the season kicked off, as ever, in Devon in May at the beautiful Devon County Show. We entered five cheeses (different age cheddars plus one smoked cheddar). We were delighted to win 4 firsts and 1 second. In addition we were awarded Reserve Champion and thrilled to be awarded with a Silver Salver for ‘BEST DRESSED CHEESE’ too!
The British Cheese Awards followed in June; Our Vintage Cheddar won a Silver Medal and our Cave Matured and Extra Mature cheddars both won Bronze Medals.
The Global Cheese Awards in September brought pride and joy too- 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals.
Award-winners include our Vintage, Cave Matured, Extra Mature and Mellow – essentially all our authentic cheddars; made with raw milk and long-matured in cloth. These accolades really do confirm that taking the time to make cheese by hand with local raw milk from one farm, significantly affects depth of flavour and texture producing a unique cheddar with character to behold! We’re thrilled to have awards for our complete age range of cheeses.
Great British Food Awards 2019
In 2019 we were shortlisted – TWICE! Our Vintage in the Cheese Category and, the new British Speciality Category, our Cave Matured Cheddar. This new category was introduced to champion classic British foods, produced by those who preserve and protect classical foods determined by method, ingredients and location. Our Cave Matured Cheddar is unique and we were delighted it was identified, epitomising all that we started to do back in 2006.
The Best Cheese For You
We don’t make cheese specifically for competitions. Our ethos means that the cheddar you buy from us, is through and through the same as our award winning cheeses, so the best of the best.
Awards are not automatic! They are perhaps the one time the cheese professionals get together and taste and compare cheeses from the regions, from the UK and ultimately from all over the world.
The cheeses that win prizes and accolades at this level are truly exceptional and showcase a thriving resurgence in traditional cheesemaking. So when we accept an award, it is with pride and honour that we can say, this cheese is exceptional!
We have won many awards since taking over the Company in 2003 and have been collecting accolades and prizes since 2005. In 2008 we won ‘Best Cheddar’ at the World Cheese Awards. 2013, again we won ‘Best Cheddar’ in the British Cheese Awards (122 cheddars entered!), and then in May 2017 we won ‘Champion Cheese’ at the Devon County Show.
In 2015 we were SALSA approved. [Safe and Local Supplier Approval]. This involves an independent annual audit of our Quality Management Systems and is highly regarded within the British Food Industry.
Every year we strive to improve quality and, some believe, a good measure can be found in the Cheese Competitions, particularly The World Cheese Awards, The British Cheese Awards, The Global Cheese Awards and some of the West Country Shows. Every year we enter these competitions and are proud to compete with the more famous and much longer-established Cheddar Cheese expert Families. (A full list of our awards dating back to 2005 is available if you’re interested!)
In addition to the 2019 list above, here are some more from the recent past:
2018 Global Cheese Awards Silver/ Mellow
2018 The British Cheese Awards (The Royal Bath and West Show) Gold/Vintage, Silver – Mature, Bronze – Cave Matured
2018 Devon County Show Three 1st Prizes – Vintage, Oak Smoked Cheddar & Cave Matured Cheddar. 2nd Prize – Mature Cheddar
2018 Great British Food Awards. Vintage shortlisted for one of the Top Ten British Cheeses.
2017 World Cheese Awards Silver – Extra Mature Traditional Cheddar
2017 Global Cheese Awards Three Silver Medals: Extra Mature, Mature & Medium Cheddar (our ‘Mellow’)
2017 The Devon County Show Best Dairy Product In Show – Champion Cheese: Smoked Cheddar
Also two firsts – (Smoked & Vintage), 2nd Prize – Mature Cheddar