Cheesemakers scoop top national awards

Jean Butler and daughter Gill Hall at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses
Jean Butler and daughter Gill Hall at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses

​Local cheesemakers have walked away with an armful of medals at the annual British Cheese Awards.

A total of 334 medals were handed at the Royal Bath and West Show.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, of Inglewhite, came away with a main award for best 
territorial non-cheddar for its Rothbury Red.

Butlers also won best show dressed cheese for its Farmhouse Red Leicester.

Other medals included: a silver medal for Trotter Hill Tasty, a bronze for Tasty Lancashire, a gold for Farmhouse Creamy, a gold for Beacon Blue, a bronze for Farmhouse Double Gloucester, a bronze for Blacksticks Blue and a silver for Blacksticks Blue goat cheese.

Dewlay, of Garstang, won a gold medal for its Crumbly Lancashire.

Goosnargh-based Greenfields Dairy Products was also awarded a host of medals, including bronze for its Crumbly Lancashire​ bronze for Grace’s Goats, bronze for White Cheshire, silver for Cheshire, bronze for Red Cheshire and silver for Tasty Lancashire.

​​Singletons, of Longridge, took a bronze for Grandma​ Singletons Lancashire, while Mrs Kirkhams of Goosnargh netted a gold for its Traditional Lancashire.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses owner Gill Hall said: “It’s very nice to come away with such a great haul of medals and special awards from the show. It’s very satisfying for all our staff and for our customers.”

The Champion Cheese was Rosary Garlic & Herb Goats Cheese made by the Hartington Cheese Company, which is based in Derbyshire.