New! Destinations page

In the spirit of shop local, eat local, I’ve set up a new Destinations page with guides to the food shops, producers, farmers markets, cafes and restaurants in Warwickshire. The first guide is on Rugby.

The Rugby page features – The Rose Tea Rooms, The Abraxas Cookshop, Delish Deli, Wild & Free, Rugby Farmers Market, Vermillion, Cafe Gnosh, Cafe Vin Cinq, Summersaults, Cheese on The Green, Malt Kiln Farm Shop and boutique hotel Number Sixteen.

Guides on Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon and Warwick to follow, so let me know if you have any recommendations.

Supreme Champion

The Supreme Champion from the World Cheese Awards is a sheep’s milk cheese from the French Pyranees called Ossau Iraty from the Fromagerie Agour. This cheese has been produced in the mountains for hundreds of years. Grazing on the lush pastures, the sheep produce rich milk giving a great depth of flavour to the cheese.

Cheese on The Green stocks this variety at £3.75 per 100g.


World Cheese Awards

Rugby cheesemonger Richard Cooper will be one of the judges at the World Cheese Awards on Wednesday 23rd November at the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2011.

The World Cheese Awards have run for more than 20 years and is the largest cheese competition in the world. More than 40 tonnes of cheese will be judged and visitors on the day will be able to find out which cheese will be declared World Champion when the judges deliver their verdict to the worlds press live from the British Theatre at the end of the day.

From Thursday until Sunday visitors will be able to visit this remarkable showcase of the world’s best cheeses as well as get the chance to taste some during cheese tasting classes.