Producing the Goods

Famous cheesemakers trade truckles

TWO of the country’s most respected cheesemakers, Quicke’s of Devon and Montgomery’s of South Somerset, have revealed the  results of a pioneering experiment in which truckles of their farmhouse Cheddar cheeses traded places to be aged in each other’s stores. Cheesemongers, chefs, affineurs,  cheesemakers and buyers met Mary Quicke and James Montgomery, at The Cheese…

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A nice cup of tea and a party

TEA is our national drink, right? Well, yes, but these days it is most likely to come from a bag (not at all environmentally friendly, since many of them include plastic) rather than loose leaf tea served from a tea-pot. And then there are all those international coffee chains (equally bad on the environment with…

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Flying the flag for Devon Food and Drink

THE quality and diversity of food and drink produced in Devon is increasingly recognised, thanks in no small part to Food Drink Devon and its members, who are continually working to build this reputation and share the delights of Devon with a wider audience. Barbara King, who chairs the board of director, says: “We are…

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A new spin on an old drink from Lyme Bay Winery

THE ever-inventive people at Lyme Bay Winery, who have helped to bring traditional mead back to homes and pubs have introduced some new flavours – rhubarb and chilli. “You know us,” says spokesman Matt Smith, “we can’t sit still. So it’ll come as no surprise that even though we’ve been perfecting our award-winning meads for…

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Home delivery for Rambling Free eggs

EGGS from the Somerset-based Traditional Free Range Egg Company can be delivered to your door, along with fresh milk and other groceries, thanks to a new listing with the online service Milk & More. The Great Taste Award-winning Rambling Free hens’ eggs are produced by small flocks of hens, who are free to roam the…

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Cheese tours at Quicke’s

DISCOVER the story of one of the world’s great cheeses, when Devon-based Quicke’s opens its doors for a series of tours, monthly from April to September, at the farm that the Quicke family has nurtured for 14 generations. The tours will tell the often surprising story of what goes into a wedge, from the specially…

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Metro accolade for Hotch Potch

DORSET’s Hotch Potch Savoury Pies, based in Sturminster Newton, were top of a list of gluten-free winter warmers in the urban free newspaper Metro. The article was looking at the best winter dishes for people who need gluten-free food – quite a challenge when it comes to pastry. You envy your friends enjoying a chicken…

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Winning wedges are Devon-sent

ONE of Britain’s best-known and most respected cheesemakers, Devon-based Quicke’s took four awards for its acclaimed clothbound cheeses at this year’s World Cheese Awards, the world’s largest cheese show. In competition with 3,000 entries from 35 different countries, cheeses from across Quicke’s range were praised by the panel of international cheese experts at the awards’…

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