Map guide: Great British Cheese Awards Finalists and Great British Cheese Day Events 2018

by Great British Cheese Awards 2018: The Finalists 18 Oct 2018

With so many incredible cheesemakers producing some of the best cheeses the UK has ever seen, it's a fantastic time to be alive if you love nothing more than a heaving cheeseboard after a meal. The Great British Cheese Awards, in association with Peter's Yard, champions those that are at the top of their game, and we're thrilled to announce the finalists, runners up and winners for Best Hard Cheese, Best Soft Cheese, Best Blue Cheese, Best Speciality Cheese Retailer, Best Artisan Cheese Producer, Best New Cheese Producer and People's Choice categories. Take a look at where they're based below.

1. Borough Wines

Before we get started, Borough Wines are holding wine & British cheese tasting events for the first-ever Great British Cheese Day on 21 October 2018! We've teamed up with seven of their stores across London for an afternoon jam-packed with wine and cheese that's perfectly paired together – for free! Get to one of the following stores on 21st October from 3–6pm to get involved:

513 Battersea Park Road, Battersea SW11 3BN

63 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL

67 Wilton Way, E8 1BG

344a Essex Road, Islington N1 3PD

30 Station Terrace, Kensal Rise NW10 5RP

163 Stoke Newington, Church Street, N16 0UL

51 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, W4 1RP

Contact information
Various locations across London, See addresses above, See link below, Visit website

2. Best Speciality Cheese Retailer Finalist: The Cheese Larder

The Cheese Larder is a family-run business located in the market town of South Molton, north Devon with a love of cheese. They are very proud of the depth, variety and award-winning cheese that the West Country produces and aim to stock at any one time over 100 different varieties of cow’s, goat’s and ewe’s cheese (together with buffalo mozzarella).

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12 Broad Street, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AE

3. Best Speciality Cheese Retailer: 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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140 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4NZ

4. Best Speciality Cheese Retailer Runner Up: Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal's Yard Dairy select, mature and sell farmhouse cheese from the UK and Ireland. They work directly with about forty 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 store, they are also a regular sight at events around the country.

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17 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT

5. Best Speciality Cheese Retailer Runner Up: The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy’s owners have selected only the 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 cheesemongers of France and England.

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Crows Nest Barn, Austwick, Lancaster, LA2 8AS

6. Best Speciality Cheese Retailer Finalist: George Mewes Cheese

George Mewes Cheese specialises in cheeses that can’t be sourced on most supermarket shelves. They have a carefully balanced selection of world-class British and continental artisan cheese for the discerning chef and foodie with great taste. Their cheese can be purchased from their refrigerated shop at the west end of Glasgow, or can be ordered online.

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106 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB

7. Best Blue Cheese Runner Up (for Isle of Wight Blue): Isle of Wight Cheese Company

The Isle of Wight Cheese Company was established in 2006. They have fifty-two cows in their herd and use as much of their own milk as they can to make the cheese. When they are short, Briddlesford Farm are able to supply them and with that blend they are able to make the pasteurised Isle of Wight Blue, Isle of Wight Soft, Blue Slipper and Borthwood cheeses.

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Alverstone Road, Sandown, PO36 0NZ

8. Best Artisan Cheese Producer and Best Soft Cheese (for Baron Bigod): Fen Farm Dairy

The Crickmore family have been farming the land at Fen Farm for three generations. Their herd of Montbeliarde and Friesian cows graze on the beautiful marshlands of the Waveney River Valley in Suffolk. The family are dedicated to carefully making their delicious raw milk into the finest cheese.

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Flixton Road, Bungay, NR35 1PD

9. Best Hard Cheese (for Cornish Jack): River Amble Creamery

River Amble Creamery was founded in 2016 and is based in North Cornwall. Lawrence and Rosea Reynolds, along with their daughter Alex, make Cornish Jack, a delicious Swiss-style cheese with nutty notes.

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Treswarrow Cottage, Trelights, Port Isaac, PL29 3TW

10. Best Artisan Cheese Producer Runner Up: Teesdale Cheesemakers

Teesdale Cheesemakers was formally Leaside Cheesemakers, founded by Brian and Esme Dedman in 2012. Husband and wife team Allison and Jonathan Raper took over the business in January 2016. They make four soft cheeses: Teesdale Blue, Teesdale White, Teesdale Goat (launched in October 2016), and a flavoured Teesdale Curd cheese.

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Garden House, Rokeby, County Durham, DL12 9RZ

11. Best Artisan Cheese Producer (for Hebden Goat): Tenacres

Tenacres Cheese uses raw, hand-milked milk from its own small herd of outdoor grazed pure Anglo Nubian goats. The business started in September 2014 and is slowly growing. The cheese has won numerous awards including gold at the British Cheese Awards, The Artisan Cheese Awards and the World Cheese Awards. It recently featured on Top Of The Shops with Tom Kerridge.

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Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

12. Best Hard Cheese Finalist: Cornish Yarg

This nettle-wrapped Cornish Yarg made from pasteurised cows’ milk is a fresh, lemony cheese. It is creamy under its natural rind and slightly crumbly in the core.

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Ponsanooth, Truro, TR3 7JQ

13. Best Hard Cheese and People's Choice Runner Up: Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese

The Kirkham family has resided at Beesley Farm for just over seventy years. Graham's father, John, moved there with his family as a baby. The first cheese was made by Ruth (Mrs Kirkham) in September 1978 and is still made on the farm today. The business is now run by Graham with the help of his partner Kellie, sons Shaun and Mike and a handful of great staff.

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Mill Lane, Preston, PR3 2FL

14. Best Hard Cheese (Yorkshire Pecorino Mature) Runner Up, Best Soft Cheese (Yorkshire Pecorino Fresh) and Best Blue Cheese (Leeds Blue – also up for People's Choice): Yorkshire Pecorino

Mario Olianas is one of the most passionate cheesemakers in the UK. He has been making cheese for six years now and Yorkshire Pecorino has since won many awards. Mario's story all started when he went to visit his brother in Sardinia, and found out he was making cheese, and it actually tasted good! When Mario came back to Yorkshire he told his wife they needed to make some that’s better. It took them six months to find the right milk, but from then on they have been winning awards every year with Yorkshire Pecorino.

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34 Ludgate Hill, Leeds, LS2 7HY

15. Best Hard Cheese Finalist and People's Choice Finalist: Godminster Cheddar

Godminster Cheddar is matured for up to twelve months, at which point the very best cheese is selected to be made into truckles. It has a rich depth of flavour without the acidity that is sometimes associated with vintage cheddar, giving it a full and rounded flavour with a smooth and creamy texture.

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Station Road, Bruton, BA10 0EH

16. Best Blue Cheese and People's Choice: Dorset Blue Vinny

The Davies family have been making Dorset Blue Vinny at Woodbridge Farm for almost forty years. Dorset Blue Vinny takes over twenty-four hours to make. Each morning, they use fresh milk from their herd of 270 Friesian dairy cows. Once it has been pasteurised, hand-skimmed and the starter culture, rennet and penicillin mould added, it's ready to be made into cheese.

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Woodbridge Farm, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BD

17. Best Blue Cheese Runner Up: Stichelton

Stichelton is an unpasteurised English blue cheese made by Joe Schneider in partnership with Randolph Hodgson of Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Welbeck Estate.

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Collingthwaite Farm Cottage, Cuckney, Mansfield, NG20 9NP

18. Best Blue Cheese Finalist: Bath Blue

A classic blue veined cheese made from the milk of the Bath Soft Cheese Company's own organic cows. It is ripened for eight to ten weeks to give a creamy blue veined taste. In 2014 it was awarded Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards.

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Park Farm Cottage, Kelston, Bath, BA1 9AG

19. Best Soft Cheese Finalist: Barnsley Brie

Barnsley Brie is a creamy cheese with a hint of 'bite', slightly crumbly-textured in the middle and relatively mild when young, maturing to a soft full-bodied brie when ripe.

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Ben Bank Farm, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3SD

20. Best Soft Cheese: Tunworth

Tunworth has a long lasting sweet, nutty flavour and a creamy texture with a thin wrinkled rind. It is made by hand in small batches in the purpose built creamery with pasteurised whole cows milk.

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Scratchface Lane, Herriard, Basingstoke, RG25 2TX

21. Best New Cheese Producer Finalist: Wildes Cheese

Wildes Cheese is a small award winning independent artisan cheese making company based in the heart of the city on an industrial estate in Tottenham, North London. One of the cheeses they produce is Alexandra, AKA Ally Pally White, a semi hard artisan hand-made cheese originally named after Alexandra Palace. Aged for 10-12 weeks and made with non-homogenised milk from grass-fed single herd cows, Alexandra, is a rich, creamy and smooth textured cheese with buttery and nutty undertones.

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Queen Street, N17 8JA

22. Best New Cheese Producer Finalist: Triple Rose

Five generations of the Wright family farming the lush green fields of Ballylisk in County Armagh has led to Dean Wright becoming the first generation to make cheese. His pedigree herd produces rich and creamy milk. It is the key ingredient in the first of the Ballylisk of Armagh range - a Triple Cream cheese called the Triple Rose. It has a full flavour balanced with salty, lemony undertones.

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Ballylisk Dairies Ltd, Mahon Road, Co. Armagh, BT62 3EH

23. Best New Cheese Producer: Blackwoods Cheese Company

Blackwoods Cheese Company was founded in 2013 with a mission to make great cheese. Edmund Tew is the first cheese in their convict series, cheeses named after British convicts who were transported to Australia in the 1800s for stealing cheese. Edmund Tew is a small lactic cows cheese. The brainy looking rind consists of a yeast called Geotrichum Candidum but can also develop natural white and green mould spots from time to time. Beneath the rind the smooth paste has a savoury malty flavour to it.

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9 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AA

24. Best New Cheese Producer Finalist: Mike's Fancy Cheese

Mike's Fancy Cheese is Northern Ireland's first raw milk cheesemakers. Mike Thompson produces a raw milk blue cheese called Young Buck. Young Buck is based on a Stilton-recipe; made with unpasteurised milk, a slow-gentle acidification of the curd, hand-ladling, rubbing up and hastening similar to that of Stilton (to encourage a ruby-red yeast rind). It is then aged for 12-15 weeks before being split and sold.

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Strangford Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH

25. Best New Cheese Producer Finalist: Little Mester

Sheffield Cheesemasters are a new artisan cheesemaking business based in Neepsend, Sheffield. They currently make a surface ripened soft cheese called Little Mester. Little Mester is a young, fresh cheese but packed with flavour. It is gooey around the edges with a creamy core. They also sell other Artisan cheeses, provide street style food during Monthly Peddler's Markets, host monthly cheese & wine/beer evenings, create funky cheese wedding cakes and teach the public how to make cheese at their own workshops.

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Unit 6, 92 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BX

26. Best New Cheese Producer Runner Up: Renegade Monk

Just two years old, Feltham's Farm is a small cheesemaking business run by Penelope Nagle and Marcus Fergusson from their smallholding in south Somerset. Their best known cheese is Renegade Monk a soft, mildly blue cheese, made with organic cows milk, drunkenly washed in ale.

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Feltham's Farm, Templecombe, Somerset, BA8 0EN

27. Errington Cheese Open Day

To celebrate Great British Cheese Day 2018 Errington Cheese are opening up their farm and Cheese rooms from 11am-2pm on Sunday 21st October for anybody who wants to learn more about cheese making, sheep dairying or just taste their cheese

Contact information
Walston Breahead Farm, Carnwath , South Lanarkshire , ML11 8NF


01899 810257

28. Dunlop Dairy

To celebrate Great British Cheese Day 2018 Dunlop Dairy are opening up their farm and Cheese rooms from 11am-4pm on Sunday 21st October for anybody who wants to learn more about cheese making, sheep dairying or just taste our cheese. The tearoom will remain open and on the menu throughout the day will be a range of delicious dishes made with their cheeses

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West Clerkland Farm , Dunlop Road, Stewarton , KA3 5LP


01560 482 494

29. Ffarm Moelyci

On Sunday 21st October, Ffarm Moelyci will be celebrating the very first Great British Cheese Day by hosting a cheese tasting of Cosyn Cymru’s soft lactic cheese in the Blas Lon Las Cafe. The cheese is called Brefu Bach and is made using local ewe’s milk, and is well worth a try if you’re in the area between 11am - 4pm on this day.

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Lôn Felin Hen Tregarth, Gwynedd , LL57 4BB


01248 602 793

30. Mrs Temple's Cheese

To celebrate Great British Cheese Day, Catherine Temple of Mrs Temple’s Cheese will be doing a cheese tasting and cheese demo at the start of The Little Dairy Shop’s charity walk. Join them from 10.45am on Sunday 21st October to sample a beautiful selection of local cheeses.

Contact information
Abbey Farm Dairy, , Warham Road, Binham, Norfolk, NR21 0DQ


07776 232 440

31. Lyburn Cheese

Head to Hampshire Farmers’ Market this Sunday and enjoy tastings from the experts at Lyburn Cheese from 10am - 2pm. The market this Sunday will be held on Palmerston Road in Southsea

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Palmerston Road, Southsea , PO5 3QE

32. Cheese Loft Cafe

To celebrate Great British Cheese Day on Sunday 21st October, the Northumberland Cheese Company will be selling their usual £7.50 Cheese and Biscuit board, for a discounted price of £5.99. Head down to their Cheese Loft Cafe anytime from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy this special offer.

Contact information
The Cheese Farm, Green Lane, Blagdon , Northumberland, NE13 6BZ


01670 789 798

33. Shane Holland at The Dartmouth Food Festival

Shane Holland is Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK, the leading Food NGO which campaigns for Good, Clean & Fair food all. He is also a judge of the Great British Cheese Awards and will be talking about cheese at the Dartmouth Food Festival

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2-12 The Quay, Dartmouth, TQ6 9PS