All-Star Line Up: Meet This Year's Champion Cheeses

The British Cheese Awards is a Very Big Deal in the cheese world ... held every June in the Bath & West showground, it draws entries of around 1000 cheeses from all over the British Isles. A team of expert judges then whittles them down to find the very best examples in various categories.

Not for the first time, the Awards have shown how strong the Westcountry is when it comes to hand-made cheese, so please put your hands together for four of the big winners this year:

Reserve Champion: Montgomery's Cheddar

Best English Cheese and Best Territorial: Duckett's Caerphilly

Best Cheddar: Westcombe Cheddar

Best Organic Cheese: Merry Wyfe

We're delighted to see three cheeses we've loved ever since The Cheese Shed began being singled out as the wonderful things they are. Plus there's a real newcomer making a splash: we only started selling the cider-washed Merry Wyfe last year, and here it is at the top of the table!

Huge congratulations to the dairies concerned, and of course if you'd like to try any of these, well ... you know what to do!