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vegetarian

Gunstone

from £6.50

A semi-hard cheese with a light, buttery texture and a delicate goat flavour which increases with maturity. Made by a big pal of the Cheese Shed - Dave Johnson in Crediton, Devon (Norsworthy and the paprika-flavoured Posbury are also his).

Vegetarian / Unpasteurised

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Norsworthy

How to find Norsworthy: 1) Go to Crediton; 2) Wiggle off west into the lanes; 3) Keep wiggling, then 4) Arrive at Norsworthy cross and turn into Dave's yard to be greeted by a simply stunning view looking North-East towards the slopes of Exmoor.

I have a theory that Dave likes to look in that direction because it reminds him of his home in Durham, which a trace of Geordie in his voice still betrays. Originally a cowman, milking other people's herds, he first milked goats in 1999, sparking an idea which led to his own herd - now 180-strong - and a steadily growing list of cheeses.

Early on, a Dutch lady called Vera did the making,

and this may explain the 'washed curd' method, which, Dave exlained, is characteristic of Dutch cheeses (as the curds form they're rinsed in hot water, then drained, and this is done three times). These days Dave and his wife Marilyn make the cheeses in their own dairy - built in 2006.

The three hard(ish) varieties, Norsworthy, Gunstone and Posbury, have now been joined by two soft log-shaped cheeses: Tillerton and Chelworth Ash. There's also a blue - Nanny Bloo. Reports have recently come in of Norsworthy cheeses apperaring at The Ivy, Gidleigh Park and another Michael Caines gaff, the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.