Finalists

You voted in your thousands - over 9,000 votes in fact. We are now delighted to announce the cheeses, producers and retailers who received the most votes in each category. These finalists have made their way to the specialist judging tasting and we will announce the overall category winners in an awards ceremony on 11 October.

Visit the links below to jump to category finalists.

Partners

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George & Joseph Cheesemongers 

Leeds' only specialist cheesemongers, opened in Chapel Allerton in 2013. They source and stock the finest locally produced Yorkshire cheeses, along with a selection of the best cheeses from the UK and further afield.

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Neal's Yard Dairy 

Neal's Yard Dairy select, mature and sell farmhouse cheese from the UK and Ireland. They work directly with about 40 cheesemakers visiting them regularly to taste their cheese with them and selecting the batches they want to mature and sell. With three cheese shops in London and an online shop, they are also a regular sight at events around the country.

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The Courtyard Dairy 

The Courtyard Dairy’s owners have selected only the absolute best cheeses from small farms. The cheeses are then given a magical touch of special maturing, learnt first-hand from working for the most famous cheese-mongers of France and England.

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Country Cheeses 

Country Cheeses started 25 years ago with a table in Tavistock’s Pannier Market, six cheeses, and loads of enthusiasm for eating ‘real’ cheese, and now has progressed on to three shops that all sell a variety of regional cheeses

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Leeds Blue 

Mario Olianas comes from a family of Italian gourmets and cheese-makers. He uses sheep’s milk from Harrogate to create this smooth, rich and creamy blue cheese.

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Barkham Blue 

Barkham Blue has a very distinctive appearance. Made in a 1kg ammonite shaped round, it is covered in an attractive natural mould ripened rustic rind. It has a rich blue taste, smooth buttery texture with a melt in the mouth flavour, without the harshness associated with some blue cheese.