British Cheese Awards wins for Cornish Yarg maker Lynher Dairies with new “Stithians” cheese and for Woolsery Cheese’s Nanette goats cheese
The 2013 Best English Cheese is named after the village in Cornwall close to the dairy where it is made, but please don’t inundate them with requests – it wont be going on sale until next year!
Dane Hopkins, the dairy manager, said that it was entered into the competition essentially to gauge the opinions of the judges and see where they were with the cheese and its development.
It promptly came away with the Patrick Rance Trophy for the best English cheese, suggesting it’s pretty much there.
Dane said the award was “good stuff” for a cheese that had “real depth of flavour”.
“It’s a long-matured cheese, matured for between 12 and 18 months,” he said.
“It’s based on a traditional farmhouse Dutch recipe, with some tweaks.”
The judges agreed, saying Stithians was “hard, deep sunshine-yellow and packs a powerful punch”.
“Its complex flavour reflects the superb grazing they provide their Friesian herd of cows,” they added.
So best take a note and wait for next year, when the cheese should go on sale, with production of the long-mature fromage due to start in the near future.
And the good news for the South West doesn’t stop there. Woolsery Cheese’s Woolsery Nanette, a Camembert-style soft cheese made in Dorset, was named the country’s best goats cheese.
The cheesemakers there are no strangers to awarrds, they won gold and silver at the International Cheese Awards in 2011.
Annette from the cheesery tweeted me earlier to say: “Thank you – I’m thrilled to bits that my Nanette came out tops.”
The British Cheese Awards, launched in 1994, mark the start of British Cheese Week, which runs until Sunday 15th. So plenty of time to find some local cheeses and get stuck in.