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Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins Best English Cheese Award with St. Oswald

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 1 Comment »

British Cheese AwardsBroadway based Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins at The British Cheese Awards 2007

Michael and Diane Stacey have been farming at Gorsehill Abbey Farm near Broadway, Worcestershire for over thirty five years and but have only been making cheese commercially since 2003. Their dairy herd is managed to organic standards and the Montbeliarde and Friesian cows are traditional breeds renowned for the quality of their milk and the flavour which it imparts to the cheese.

They have won many awards for their cheeses before but at The British Cheese Awards 2007, recently held at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, they hit the top spot by winning the English Country Award – Best English Cheese -with their St. Oswald cheese.

St. Oswald is their most recent cheese and it is a small rind washed semi-soft cheese which becomes richer, stronger and more aromatic as it ages. It was named after Oswald, Bishop of Worcester.

This prestigious award was sponsored by H-E-B (H.E.Butt Grocery Co. (Here Everything’s Better)) and Gorsehill Abbey Farm were also presented with the Patrick Rance Trophy which comes with the award.

Not only did they win this top award but they also won the Best Organic Cheese Award, sponsored by Waitrose, with their Cotswold Natural cheese and Best Semi-Soft Cheese Award, sponsored by Jeroboams Group, with St. Oswald.
Cotswold Natural is a soft and creamy cheese which makes a delicious spread on crusty bread.

Not content with those major awards they won the following medals with their range of cheeses:-

Gold – St. Oswald, Cotswold Natural
Bronze – St.Agnes, St. Eadburgha, St. Egwin

Gorsehill Abbey Farm
Collin Lane
Broadway
Worcestershire
WR12 7PB
Telephone 01386 852208
www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk

The British Cheese Awards – www.thecheeseweb.com

You may also remember our article about ex-blur star Alex James: From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker. He won a medal for his new cheese ‘Little Wallop’.

Tags: cheese | broadway

Eurostar chooses organic Cotswold Brie cheese from Simon Weaver

Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Simon Weaver Cotswold Herb Brie. Photo (c) Jon HicksSimon Weaver’s Organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris route

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy at Kirkham Farm, Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds produces a range of Cotswold Brie cheeses using their herd of Friesian cows which are fed on the clover meadows of the River Dickler, farmed exclusively and organically for them alone. Talking of “carbon footprints” their milk travels all of 5 metres from the milking parlour to the creamery. Beat that for a minimalist footprint!

The creamery produces Cotswold Brie, which has won two Taste of the West awards, and they have now added to the range Blue Cotswold Brie – a light blue veined cheese – and Cotswold Herb Brie – to which has been added a suble tasting mix of organic herbs.

The organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris rail route where it is served to first class diners with their evening meal, so Simon is certainly taking the cheese challenge to the French, in part, in their own country. Simon Weaver has been farming for over 25 years and the Organic Dairy now produces over a ton of cheese every week with organic Cotswold Brie now available in Sainsbury’s stores and Daylsford Organic shops.

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy
Kirkham Farm
Upper Slaughter
Gloucestershire
GL54 2JS
Telephone 01451 870852
www.simonweaver.net
You can buy direct from the creamery which is open Monday to Wednesday 09.00 to 13.00

www.eurostar.com

Photo Copyright (c) John Hicks, HicksDesign.co.uk

Tags: cheese | food

Championship Cheese in Broadway

Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Gorsehill Abbey St Oswald Cheese is a Supreme Champion

Michael and Diane Stacey of Gorsehill Abbey Farm near Broadway took the Supreme Champion at the Three Counties Cheese and Dairy Produce Competition with their St Oswald cheese. St Oswald is a small rind washed cheese which becomes richer, stronger and more aromatic as it ages. It is named after Oswald, Bishop of Worcester and later Archbishop of York, who is buried at Worcester and is one of their patron saints.

The Three Counties Show was held at Malvern Worcestershire in Mid June and the brand new Cheese & Dairy Produce Show was open to producers resident in Herefordshire,Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Warners Budgens sponsered this new show and as Supreme Champion the St Oswald cheese will be on sale in their Broadway, Bidford upon Avon and Moreton in Marsh stores for at least two months.

Gorsehill Abbey Cheese produce a range of Fresh and Ripened Cheeses which are available from the farm most of the time or at a number of local shops and Farmers Markets.

www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk

Gorsehill Abbey Farm has been registered organic for over ten years although it has been managed to organic standards for much longer. Michael and Diane have been farming here for over thirty years but have only made cheese commercially since 2003.

Tags: cheese | food | broadway

From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker

Features by Adam 2 Comments »

If you wondered how Rock Stars relaxed, wonder no more. Serge the Concierge has an article about how Alex James from Blur has reinvented himself as a gentleman farmer and cheesemaker after moving to a farm in the Cotswolds.

Serge also has another article about Summer in the Cotswolds with some interesting relevant local links.

Tags: cheese | music

Medieval,Morris and Cider Festival

Events, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

2nd June – 3rd June The Almonry Museum Evesham

Featuring Medieval Medicine and Surgery, Merrie England Re-Enactment Group, Ministrel Music and Court Dancing,

On Saturday evening the “Exile Buskers” an Irish/English Folk music band will be playing in the Market Place with a pig Roast.

Strong Cheddar Cheese, Crusty Bread and Shallots will be served in the Cider Bar on both days and there will also be free entry to the Almonry Museum on both afternoons

Tags: evesham | food | cheese | music | festivals

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