Three star bonanza for Capreolus

THE announcement of this year’s Great Taste Award stars brought delight and a quartet of top awards for one of Dorset’s finest artisan businesses, Capreolus, the charcuterie specialists at Rampisham.

To add to the excitement for Karen and David Richards, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Capreolus this year, one of the products, Guanciale, has been nominated for a coveted Golden Fork Award.

When they heard of their clutch of triple stars, David and Karen were thrilled and amazed. David said: “Karen and I are humbled by the three star awards that we have won this year. We have entered products many times and always dream about getting three star awards but this has really bowled us over. It is a tribute to the team who work so hard for us and care so deeply about what they do.”

In total, Capreolus achieved a remarkable nine star awards, announced by the Gillingham-based Guild of Fine Food. The three star winners were: smoked mutton, Dorset coppa; guanciale (air dried pork cheek); chorizo. Two stars: Dorset air dried pork loin, Uphall Farmhouse air dried ham, and Rampisham Tingler salami, One star: Dorset rosette salami, and Wild Venison and Pork Pepperoni.

Other West Country two and three star successes in this year’s Great Taste Awards include:
Baboo Gelato, West Bay – two stars for hazelnut gelato and three one stars
Badger Beers, Hall & Woodhouse of Blandford St Mary – two two-stars for Hopping Hare and Blandford Foy, and one star for Cranborne Poacher
Clipper Teas of Beaminster – five awards (including three two-stars) for teas including Fair Trade and Organic Everyday teas)
Dorset Dairy – two stars for cultured butter
Fussels Fine Foods – two stars for cold-pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil and one star for smoked extra virgin rapeseed oil
Hurdlebrook farm, Babcary – two stars for wholemilk yogurt, blueberry yogurt and creme fraiche and one star for pasteurised whole milk
Marshfield Ice Cream – two stars for raspberry sorbet
Quicke’s Traditional Ltd of Devon – five one-star awards for cheeses including the cloth-bound goats milk cheese
Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury – three stars for organic wholegrain spelt flour, two stars for organic white spelt flour, organic bakers blend spelt flour and organic spelt porridge flakes, one star for organic pearled spelt and organic spelt grain
Sheppy’s Cider, Shepton Mallet – two stars for Sheppy’s Cider with Raspberry, one star for Sheppy’s Vintage Reserve
Solkiki Chocolate, Thornford near Sherborne – two stars for 65% Organic Coconut Dark Milk Chocolate, Gran Palo Blanco, Peru, and one star for 85% Organic Dark Chocolate
Somerset Charcuterie – two stars for free range air dried duck breast and three one stars
Swoon Gelato of Bath and Bristol – three stars for Sicilian Pistachio Gelato and Nocciola Gelato, and eight two stars
The Wasabi Company (Dorset and Hampshire) – three stars for Wasabi mustard and Vegan Sudachi Kombu Ponzu, two stars for Yuzu Mustard and Yuzu Soy Sauce, and one star for Yuzu Jam, Yuzu Mayonnaise and Wasabi Mayonnaise
White Lake Cheese, Bagborough – three stars for Tor and Morn Dew, two stars for Rachel and Pave Cobble
Worley’s Cider, Dean near Shepton Mallet – three stars for Special Reserve Keeved Somerset Cider and one star for Red Hen, a medium dry cider.

One star awards for Dorset Shellfish, Christine’s Puddings, Dorset Sea Salt, Denhay Farms, Godminster cheese, Friary Liqueurs, Beatons Tea Rooms, Wiltshire Smokehouse, Longmans Cheese, Coombe Farm Organic, Easy Bean, From Dorset With Love, Sam’s Pigs, Helen Browning’s Organic

Pictured: Charcuterie stars Karen and David Richards; Capreolus’ three-star winning Guanciale, which is nominated for a Golden Fork Award; a selection of Swoon gelati.