Longridge and Inglewhite based Butler’s Farmhouse Cheeses has been named cream of the industry at the world’s most prestigious cheese show.
The local artisan cheesemaker, which has been making cheese for over three generations, took home more trophies than any other cheese maker in the country, with six gongs awarded to its best-selling range of artisan cheeses at the International Cheese Awards.
The family-run cheesemaker also added an impressive 23 medals, including 11 golds, to its trophy haul.
Butler’s Farmhouse Cheeses has consistently won awards at the Nantwich-based show, but 2013 marks the family run dairy’s best ICA result since its Farmhouse Double Gloucester was crowned supreme champion 15 years ago.
Blacksticks Blue, one of Butler’s most famous products and described by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer as “The daddy of blue cheeses”, lead the haul, with three gold medals and two trophies, including the GEA Award for Best English Cheese.
The firm also saw its heritage and cheesemaking skill recognised when its Sweet and Nutty Inglewhite goat’s cheese was named Reserve UK Champion and awarded the Delamere Dairy Trophy for the best goats’ cheese.
The hard cheese, made from the family’s own goats’ milk, finished ahead of 4,200 other cheeses in the show.
This is the latest triumph for Sweet and Nutty Inglewhite, which launched only two years ago and has developed a loyal following among food lovers due to its versatility.
Marketing manager Peter Elvin said: “These results are fantastic and a real success for the Butler family and the whole team.
“The Reserve UK Champion title is testament to how the team at Butlers works together to produce the best quality product.
“Nicola Butler farms our own herd of 1,000 goats in Inglewhite and produces the very best, fresh British goats’ milk.
“This in turn is used by Tim Fisher, our head cheesemaker, to make the exceptionally, clean tasting, sweet and nutty hard goats cheese.
“Finally, Bill Yates, our grader, selects only the best cheese to go on sale throughout the country.”
Butler’s cheeses can be found in many of the country’s leading stores, including Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.