(If you missed our session on this year’s British Cheese Weekender,
you can watch it again HERE)
We were very excited to be involved!
Launched last year in response to the crisis facing the country’s specialist cheesemakers when the Pandemic struck, the British Cheese Weekender returned this year with three days of free online cheese events aimed at celebrating and supporting this fragile sector. Be transported around the country, from fields and farms to dairies and maturing rooms, as well as cheesemongers’ counters and the kitchens of top chefs. Many of the sessions can be watched again.
Have a look at the programme of events HERE
Each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.30pm there was a super line-up of 30 minute talks, demonstrations, interviews, wine and cheese pairings – the list was endless!
The programme of talks and speakers is now live on the What’s On page on the British Cheese Weekender Website organised so well by Tracey Colley and Patrick McGuigan. They have included lots of information on the best places to buy cheese and any related offers. What a line up! There were chef demos from Tommy Banks, Simon Rogan, Mark Hix & James Golding, farm and dairy tours, cheese masterclasses from experts and even cheese pairings with wines and whisky.
John and Katherine from The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company had their own Saturday night slot and were chatting about their unique cheddar cheese (8.30pm on Saturday April 24th). Click on the link below to whizz to their event.
So what’s so special about The Only Cheddar Made in Cheddar?
Watch our short film HERE to find out!
Lockdown number 3 arrived and whilst unlike LD1 the days may feel short, dark, and cold, there are still many ways to brighten up these times! Here are a few of our favourite uplifting thoughts to get you through these difficult times …
1. The snowdrops are out; Spring is on it’s way.
2. 10 million people in the UK have had their first COVID vaccination.
3. Unlike LD1, this time we’ve continued to produce our cheese.
4. We are preparing for the reopening of our Shop and Visitor Centre in Cheddar – hopefully this Spring/Summer. And we cannot wait to welcome you all back.
5. We have a special Welsh Rarebit Recipe for the perfect LOCKDOWN LUNCH – James Martin style!
Click here for the full story
The Smart Leisure Guide
Vivien Devlin member of the British Guild of Travel Writers
Vivien is a beautiful writer of SMART leisure guides. Extremely thorough in her research you can be certain of an honest opinion with accurate recommendations. We are then extremely proud to have been scrutinised by Vivien and delighted to be included in her ‘Smart Guide’ – she has magically produced an article which is both interesting, historical and enticing! If only we had her talent.
Why is hers a SMART Leisure Guide?
She plans to offer fabulous, fun and unusual ideas to liven up weekends and time off from work: smart as in a wise move such as good value; smart as in sassy and stylish; smart as in being good to yourself, keeping fit and healthy; smart as in art and culture.
Through her regular blogs, she recommends hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs, art galleries, beauty salons and spas, city walks, countryside rambles, shares her love of books, theatre, music, along with little titbits on what to do and where to go in your leisure time.
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows…”
―William Henry Davies
So, with that thought in mind, read on.. CLICK HERE
Here’s our latest news update. Read on to to discover our latest team news, our Christmas gift ideas plus a spooky Halloween biscuit recipe.
As half term ends and the nights draw in things quieten down in Cheddar Gorge. Our shop will remain open every day from 10am but will close at 4pm from November 1st. Our Visitor Centre will close then too but this area will be invaluable extra space for us to pack up and dispatch our online orders. In addition to making our shop COVID safe this year we have changed the staff working and relaxing areas to ensure we can all keep a safe distance from each other too.
Read our newsletter? CLICK HERE
We were honoured to be asked to supply some of our cheese to Binita Shah, the award winning Food, Travel & Wildlife Conservation writer.
Binny knows her stuff! A serial wanderluster (her own words) she is a vastly experienced traveller and explorer of world cultures and food. She is one of those gentle souls who thinks deeply about things, and we were lucky enough to have met her a few years ago when she visited us in Cheddar.
Her travels have taken her around the globe where she likes nothing more than to taste the local food and drinks. She catalogues her travels in detail reporting her experiences in her unique way – always a pleasure to read. Her travels have been limited recently, for obvious reasons and so she has been working on other things, drawing on her experiences and recommendations – pre pandemic.
In preparation for Christmas she has just written about her ULTIMATE CHEESE board which features our cheddar! And we couldn’t be more proud.
Click on the image below to read about Binny’s cheeseboard and to find out more about her, her travels and beautiful writing.
My Ultimate Cheese Board
What a year! 2020.
As autumn draws on, here is a round up of our extraordinary year of two extremes. Concentrating on the positives, here’s our update.
Take great care everyone as we approach the cooler months ahead.
We were honoured to be invited by Ruth Macyntyre to feature on her special Instagram Live session on Wednesday June 17th 2020!
Ruth runs a wonderful business called Ruth’s Little Kitchen which not only runs live cookery lessons from her own kitchen at home, but also champions and supports local producers – especially traditional cheesemakers! Many of us have been devastated by the Coronavirus Pandemic – like so many businesses over the past 3 months.
We’ve never done anything like this before and have been heartened by the response to this little film. She asked us to tell our story, give a little tour of our site including our Dairy, Maturing Store and our Shop! It was terrifying but fun and can’t thank Ruth enough for featuring us.
Here’s the link to the film: Watch it here
And please do have a look at Ruth’s Little Kitchen – she is a lovely lady who’s enthusiasm is infectious!
Thank you Ruth.