Old Plaw Hatch Farm Grabs a Gold at Artisan Cheese Awards
A community-owned farm in Sussex, Old Plaw Hatch Farm, won awards for two of their cheeses at the Artisan Cheese Awards in Melton Mowbray this month. Plaw Hatch Aged & Crumbly was awarded Gold, as well as Highly Commended in the Best Organic class, whilst Plaw Hatch Halloumi won a Bronze award.
The Plaw Hatch cheeses were judged alongside over 400 cheeses from across the British Isles in the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church on 25th April. The winners were announced at an awards dinner on 4th May, during the weekend of the Artisan Cheese Fair, also in Melton Mowbray.
The Artisan Cheese Awards are an annual event to celebrate the best of cheeses made by small to medium scale producers. Over 60 judges from across the cheese and food industry assessed the entries.
Old Plaw Hatch Farm’s biodynamic cheeses are made by hand with raw milk from their own herd of 35 cows. Plaw Hatch Aged & Crumbly is a unique hard cheese with a light colour, flaky texture, a clean, milky flavour with citrus undertones. Plaw Hatch halloumi is a mild brined cheese that goes soft and creamy in the middle while crisping on the outside when cooked. The cheese room is merely metres from where the cows are milked on one side, and from the farm shop where the cheese is sold on the other.
Tali Eichner, cheesemaker at Old Plaw Hatch Farm, said “We’re thrilled to have our cheeses recognised in these awards. Our cheese is mostly sold through our farm shop and is rarely seen outside of Sussex, so to see it do so well on a national stage is really exciting. This has been an opportunity to present our cheeses to people who wouldn’t have tried it before and to receive feedback from esteemed judges from the cheese world. We’re grateful the Artisan Cheese Awards exists to highlight the value of artisan cheesemaking in Britain.”
About Old Plaw Hatch Farm: Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200-acre farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex. It has been a biodynamic farm for over 30 years and is owned by a charitable trust. As tenant farmers our aim is to provide as wide a range of produce as possible, principally to the local community. Our prices reflect the true cost of food production allowing for re-investment towards the sustainability of the farm. We are a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk, cheeses, yoghurts and cream. We also keep some sheep, pigs and laying hens. A garden of 12 acres provides a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables. All this plus a lot more organic produce is available through our farm shop.
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Plaw Hatch Farm
Plawhatch Lane, Sharpthorne, Nr. East Grinstead
West Sussex, RH19 4JL
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