Double gold for Cornwall's finest cheesemakers

Cornish cheesemakers proved that they are among Britain’s finest by winning three gold medals and a handful of silver and bronze awards at last weekend’s British Cheese Awards.

The Lynher Dairies Cheese Co won a gold medal for Cornish Yarg, silver for its Cornish Red Nettle Cheese and a bronze for its Cornish herb and garlic soft cheese. Cornish Country Larder were among the winners, taking a gold medal for its West Country Cornish Brie and a bronze medal for its St Endellion brie-style cheese.

North Cornwall was particularly well represented with Sue Proudfoot, of Whalesborough Farm Foods, taking two bronze medals for her Trelawney and her fresh cheeses. Dairy Crest’s Davidstow creamery won a gold medal and the top award for the Best Cheddar Cheese with its Extra Mature Cheddar, made at Davidstow in North Cornwall.

Further west Caryl Minson, of Menallack Farmhouse cheeses, kept the flag flying for Cornish cheesemakers, taking home a bronze medal for her unpasteurised Menallack Farmhouse cheese.

Carol Trewin, Cornwall Manager of Taste of the West, said that this showed the diversity and quality of Cornish cheeses.

“There are now more than 27 hand or traditionally made Cornish cheeses, proving that the county has a lot to be proud of. For years the public has tended to think that French cheeses were the only ones to eat but Cornwall can show that it has a range of different cheese types and styles that are hard to beat,” she said.

“The British Cheese Awards provided our producers with an excellent platform to show a wider public the best of Cornish cheesemaking.”

For more information contact Cornwall Taste of the West or the individual cheesemakers – contact details below.


Editors notes:

  • Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective One umbrella project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West regional food group. Cornwall Taste of the West’s four year project includes a trade development programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses that produce, sell or process speciality, in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For more information contact Carol Trewin, Cornwall Taste of the West, 01579 349363, or Grace Lobb, mobile 07813 930013.

  • Taste of the West is the regional food group for the six counties of the South West, offering business development and trade support to food & drink producers. It is supported by Food From Britain, the National Farmers’ Union and Defra.

  • The British Cheese Awards were sponsored by Waitrose. See www.thecheeseweb.com for more details about the British Cheese Awards or contact Sarah Speakman at Waitrose, 01344 824294.

  • Contact Lynher Dairies Cheese Co, Michael Horrell or Catherine Mead, on 01579 363128; Cornish Country Larder, John Gaylard, on 01637 860331; Whalesborough Farm Foods, Sue Proudfoot, 01288 361317; Menallack Cornish Farmhouse Cheeses, John and Caryl Minson 01326 34033; or Dairy Crest, Davidstow Creamery, Alan Wren, 01840 261322.

  • Jason Clark
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