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Winner Cheese of the Year at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:16 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:38 10 July 2015

Cheese of the Year sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield - Cerney Ash by Cerney Cheese, North Cerney  © Thousand Word Media

Cheese of the Year sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield - Cerney Ash by Cerney Cheese, North Cerney © Thousand Word Media

© Thousand Word Media

Cheese is a large part of the Cotswold food scene - this category celebrates the cheese made by a Cotswold farmer or producer that is a cut above the rest

Cheese of the Year

Winner – Cerney Ash, Cerney Cheese (North Cerney)

Since its establishment in 1983, Cerney Cheese has upheld the traditional hand-made process of cheese making – from ladling and pressing the curd into moulds, to tying raffia around the vine. Perhaps this adoption of traditional methods, combined with the locally sourced ingredients they use, is why Cerney Cheese has produced the perfect recipe for our worthy winner of the ‘Cheese of the Year’ award. The award winning Cerney Miniature Ash, is a tasty medium fat goat’s cheese, coated in a smoky oakash and sea salt mix.

Cerney Ash was noted by judges as having a flavour that is not strong and a texture that is dense and mousse like, giving it a unique quality that easily goes with other cheeses it’s served alongside. It was praised for being completely handmade.

Highly Commended – Double Gloucester, Jonathan Crump’s Cheese, Stonehouse

Highly Commended – St Eadburgha, Gorsehill Abbey Cheese, Broadway

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