Cheese kings crowned cream of the crop at national show

Richard Kenyon
Richard Kenyon

It was a strong and steady start by Dewlay at the National Cheese Awards held at the Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, with the family-owned dairy collecting a haul of five medals across their creamy, crumbly and tasty varieties.

Cheeses from all over Europe were examined by specially selected teams of expert judges.

Being the first major show of the year, all eyes were on the Gold Medals and which cheeses would be deemed worthy of their receipt .

Following much deliberation among the judges it was announced Dewlay’s Creamy Lancashire had won a hard fought Gold Award.

And the success continued with the firm’s Crumbly Lancashire and Tasty Lancashire each winning both silver and bronze medals at the prestigious show.

Richard Kenyon, Dewlay’s production director (pictured) said: “We are delighted with the result and to be able to come back to the dairy with these medals.

“It is a fantastic way of showing our dedicated team that their hard work day-in, day- out produces cheese of such a high quality that they win the recognition they deserve.”

This year’s event was the 150th staging of the Royal Bath and West show to take place making it one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in the country.

Dewlay is a third generation family firm which has been making dairy products for more than 60 years in Garstang.