County cheese is cream of the crop

Alistair Jackson, Adams Foods; Kerry Newton, Marks and Spencer and Richard Kenyon, Dewlay Cheesemakers
Alistair Jackson, Adams Foods; Kerry Newton, Marks and Spencer and Richard Kenyon, Dewlay Cheesemakers

GARSTANG cheesemakers Dewlay won some key awards for their Lancashire cheese at the first major cheese awards of 2012 at the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset.

Scooping a whole host of awards across the Lancashire cheese and territorial cheese classes – including a gold award for their crumbly Lancashire – the family-owned dairy had one of their best starts to the cheese awards season in living memory with a total tally of eight medals.

Even more success, however, was to follow later in the day when Dewlay was awarded two prestigious trophies.

The Aplin and Barrett Perpetual Challenge Trophy was awarded for winning the most points over a number of key cheese categories, while the Villis Family Trophy was won for the best traditional bandage wrapped cheese in the show.

Richard Kenyon, Dewlay’s production director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our wins here this year, and being the first major awards of the year it bodes well for us for the rest of the year.” Well over 800 cheeses in over 70  cheese classes from across the UK and further afield featured at this year’s show, making it extremely competitive.”

It has been a hectic few weeks for Dewlay, who recently opened a new cheese shop and viewing gallery at its base off the A6 at Kirkland, south of Garstang.

“Awards like these, awarded by industry experts in a highly competitive category really drive our passion in producing the very best Traditional Lancashire cheese, something we’ve been doing now for nearly 60 years!”

l The trophies are now on display at Dewlay’s cheese shop and viewing gallery.