In the first of our series on the ‘Godminster family’ – an insight in to our food producer friends – we’re chatting to the husband and wife baking duo behind Godminster’s award-winning crackers and fruit cake…
What’s the perfect Vintage Organic Cheddar without the perfect cracker to go with it? Declan and Ulrika from down the road at Mattimia in Wincanton know all there is to know about what goes in to making the best vehicle for your favourite cheese – they’re the talented bakers who lovingly hand bake every one of Godminster’s extra special Oat Digestives and Rosemary Water Biscuits as well as our juicy and plump Fruit Cake. We chatted to Declan on one brisk January afternoon to find out more…
What is it that makes the biscuits so special?
“For us it’s all about authenticity of ingredients. Take our Oat Digestives for example – we only use real sugar and butter. Everything that goes in to it is carefully selected for its great quality – like our flour for example, which is stoneground at Cann Mill in Shaftesbury (about 20 minutes away).”
Where did the idea for the Rosemary Water Biscuits come from?
“The Rosemary Water Biscuit evolved from the original crackers that Godminster used to have years ago. When Godminster decided it was time for something a little different they asked me for my input. The flavour was inspired by the sight and smell of rich rosemary that I found out grows in abundance all over Godminster Farm. We’ve been working on getting the crispness of the crackers absolutely perfect – it’s all about the lamination (the process of folding the dough back over on itself repeatedly) which gives it that perfect flakey crunch.”
We know that fruit cake and cheddar cheese is a great Northern tradition – what can you tell us about the process of baking the perfect Godminster Fruit Cake?
“I have to say, the fruit cake and cheese combination isn’t my bag at all! If I’m not eating biscuits with my cheese then I would have a nice crusty loaf of bread but I know from the amount of cakes I’m asked to make it must be pretty popular! I do love the fruit cake simply on its own, just for the pure enjoyment of it.
“The most important part of baking the Godminster Fruit Cake is taking your time – we bake them really slowly in a very low temperature oven for hours and hours. The temperature is so low that we actually insulate the oven with sheets of cardboard! All the time and effort we take in making sure the Fruit Cake is cooked ‘low and slow’ is exactly what makes it so juicy. You just can’t rush a good Fruit Cake!”
Want to try for yourself? You can find Declan and Ulrika’s handmade Godminster Oat Digestives and Rosemary Water Crackers in our Party Packs or try the award-winning Godminster Fruit Cake in our Cheese & Cake Combo Gift Sets.
It’s been a great year of growth and success for the team here at Godminster, with exciting award recognition and fantastic new staff joining our ever-growing Godminster team.
Throughout the summer we picked up national and international awards and took the opportunity to meet our customers up and down the country at different shows and events. One of the many highlights of this year was receiving the news that we were one of 130 products (out of a total of over 10,000 entrants) to have won 3* Gold Great Taste awards for two of our vodka spirits this year. To have been recognised by such a prestigious body for our hard work was a great honour and a real boost to the team as we went into the busy Christmas period.
Another highlight was to see our products now being sold in France, Sweden, Hong Kong and even Australia. Sharing the goodness of Godminster with customers around the globe has been a great achievement and we hope for more in the coming year.
We hope you all have had a wonderful and restive end to 2015 and I look forward to a very exciting 2016.
Every year all the local shops and producers come together to throw open their doors for the Bruton Late Night Christmas Shopping event!
Come and visit our shop on Wednesday 9th December between 6pm and 9pm to meet some of our fantastic team and taste all of our award-winning cheese, chutneys, biscuits, vodka spirits… and also try a drop of our Bloody Good Mary!
See you there!
Every week in the run up to Christmas we’ll be giving you a behind-the-scenes peek in to what goes on at Godminster HQ at the busiest time of the year! This week we’re introducing you to Rachel, one of our busy Christmas elves from the sales office…
This is Rachel’s third Christmas as a member of the Godminster sales team and manager of our lovely local shop in Bruton, Somerset. What she loves this time of year is making sure our shop in Bruton looks its best:
“We work really hard on making sure that the Godminster shop display changes with the seasons and that there are always lots of Godminster goodies for our visitors to taste,” explains Rachel. “At this time of year it’s so important for our customers to be able to come in, sample our award-winning cheese and decide whose going to be lucky enough to be given Godminster for Christmas! But most of all putting the big Christmas display up is probably my favourite bit – the products all look beautiful and it really kick-starts the Christmas spirit.”
As well as looking after the shop Rachel also makes sure that our retail and wholesale customers get all their Christmas orders in good time.
“Working with all the farm shops and delis that stock Godminster is so exciting at this time of year,” she says. “The staff at Godminster really come together to make sure that all of our customers are looked after and have everything they need for a successful Christmas. It’s a great feeling.”
Ever tried our award-winning Bloody Good Mary Kit? It includes a 35cl bottle of fiery horseradish infused vodka and five bottles of nicely spicy Bloody Good Mary mix… it’s the perfect kit for a perfect cocktail!
The horseradish used to infuse the rye-based vodka grows in Somerset and is harvested each summer. It’s added to the vodka and infused over several months to give the spirit an unmistakeable edge.
The Godminster Bloody Good Mary mix is a classic blend of tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire Sauce (of course), a splash of fine vinegars, anchovy, a pinch or two of Tamarind extract and celery salt. Our tomato juice is made with real tomatoes from The Tomato Stall based on the Isle of Wight – where all the best tomatoes grow
For your food & drink obsessed family and friends who have everything, treat them to the best in Christmas tipples with this gift from Godminster. Just remember to have your glass at the ready when they open it! Click here to read more and orders yours for Christmas.
If you’ve picked up any top food magazine recently you’ll have noticed how everyone’s going crazy for artisan small batch (made in small quantities at a time) spirits, from gin to vodka. Up and down the country we’re having a go at throwing together some trendy cocktails in the comfort of our own homes, so here’s a one using Godminster’s Great Taste award-winning ‘Fruits & Roots’ Vodka Spirits!
Our friend Lloyd from Venner Bar in Bridport tells us all about how to put together a classic Kir with a Westcountry twist: the Arr!
Courtesy of Lloyd from Venner Bar, Bridport
- Pour a 25ml measure of Godminster Blackcurrant Vodka Spirit
- Top with 125ml quality English White wine
- Stir and enjoy!
Are you in the drinks industry? Are you based in the Bournemouth area? Come and try some Godminster ‘Fruits & Roots’ Vodka Spirits at Nectar’s Trade Day at BarSo, Royal Exeter Hotel, Bournemouth on November 26th as part of the Nectar Winter Road Show.
With the winter season fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Luckily Godminster knows all about what makes a good Christmas present: award-winning gifts that look just as good as they taste… And who better to help us spread tidings of (foodie) joy to the world via the small screen than home-shopping experts QVC!
This Christmas we’re launching a luxury gift set with QVC that combines our sumptuous Vintage Organic Cheddar, Beetroot & Apple Chutney and a hearty pack of our handmade Oat Digestive biscuits to make the perfect cheeseboard. Boasting a whole host of awards including Great Taste, International and Global Cheese Awards, this special gift set is the perfect Christmas present for any food lovers.
Deborah – our resident Head of Sales and Marketing – is really excited to be telling you all about us when she pops in to the QVC studios at 7pm on the 19th October! Make sure you tune in…
This month we’ve been having fun up and down the country showcasing our pretty (and yummy) Wedding and Celebration Cake!
As ever, the National Wedding Shows are a fantastic place to see all the most exciting trends in wedding food & fashion, so here are a few of our faves from the last two shows at London and Birmingham:
Thank you so much to everyone who popped by to say hi – we’ll be at Manchester National Wedding Show on stand C61 from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October 2015!
Want to visit us at National Wedding Show Manchester? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for some free tickets for you and your friends!
More great news from HQ!
It was the Global Cheese Awards this weekend and we’re honoured to announce that we were awarded two golds for our Organic Brie with Garlic & Chive, a gold for our Vintage Organic Cheddar and a fantastic Best Speciality Producer award!
Continuing on with our bumper action-packed weekend, the Godminster team pitched up at the both the Sturminster Newton Food Festival and the Frome Cheese Show where we met up with all our foodie friends. As ever, we had an absolutely lovely time at both shows meeting new and old customers alike, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello.
Take a look at some of the pictures from this weekend on Facebook and Twitter!
We’re counting down the days until the first of the National Wedding Shows this autumn! From the 25th – 27th September we will be showcasing our award-winning Wedding & Celebration Cheese Cake at Olympia, London, and taking orders at a special show discount price.
Fruit cake may not be everyone’s cup of tea but a cheese tower makes for an indulgent centrepiece that is hard to ignore. This exclusive show offer only happens a few times a year so brides looking to order an alternative wedding cake, a stunning addition to a buffet table and an easy way to create a cheeseboard or dessert course had better be there!
Tickets to the show are £15 but we’ll be offering a select few for free over the month of September – keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook to find out how…
And if you can’t make it to Olympia then don’t worry – you can catch the team at the NEC in Birmingham or Manchester Central next month:
- National Wedding Show: Birmingham 2nd – 4th October 2015
- National Wedding Show: Manchester 24th – 25th October 2015