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Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Cheese of the Year

PUBLISHED: 08:49 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 27 July 2016

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Cheese of the Year Leonard Stanley from Godsells Cheese, sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Cheese of the Year Leonard Stanley from Godsells Cheese, sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield

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Cheese is an integral part of the Cotswold food scene and we’re pleased to announce we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Cheese of the Year’ Award…

The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.

We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Cheese of the Year’ Award…

This year’s finalists...

Cerney Ash, Cerney Cheese, North Cerney

Cerney Ash is an incredible, soft goat cheese that is shaped in a truncated pyramid and it is hand-coated with an oakash/seasalt mix. It has a deliciously subtle flavour with a hint of a lemony tang and the flavour deepens with age.

Cerney Ash was described as being an established Cotswold Cheese. Judges commended Cerney Ash for being creamy yet crumbly it’s balanced and is truly artisan. The packaging is said to add value by allowing you to see cheese in all its glory and not being over branded.

Forester, Woefuldane Organic Dairy, Minchinhampton

Woefuldane Dairy was given the recipe for Forester by an old lady in the Forest of Dean. Forester is the hardest cheese in their range and it has a nutty taste with an amazing depth of flavour.

Judges noted Forester as being memorable and credible for many reasons and not just its taste profile. They said quality leads the way as it’s unpasteurised, organic and truly farm and hand made in The Cotswolds. Judges also praised their effort in both time and quality to make such a great cheese.

And the winner of the ‘Cheese of the Year’ Award is…

Leonard Stanley, Godsells Cheese, Leonard Stanley

Godsells Cheese makes a fantastic range of hand-made cheeses at Church Farm, in the Gloucestershire village of Leonard Stanley. Liz and Bryan use milk from their own herd of cows and one other local farm. All of their cheeses are made with pasteurised milk and are suitable for vegetarians.

Leonard Stanley cheddar is matured for a minimum of seven months, with each month, the taste improves. Godsells Cheese Cheddars are traditionally matured and cloth bound and come in 10kg rounds.

Once tasted never forgotten was a comment used by judges to describe Leonard Stanley. Judges said the passion in creating the cheese is clearly evident through all that they do and that the cheese is marketed extremely well.

The ‘Cheese of the Year’ Award is sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield

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Click here to return to our list of 2016 winners!

Click here to view the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award winners from 2015!

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