Warm Up Your Winter…

banner winter warmers copyEver 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.

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In Season: Small Batch Artisan Spirits!

Blackcurrant vodka spirit - smallIf 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.

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Godminster On The Silver Screen…

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…

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National Wedding Show!


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 marketing@godminster.com for some free tickets for you and your friends!

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Godminster Gets Golds at Globals!

AwardsMore 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!



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Something Borrowed, Something Blue (Cheese)

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.

Godminster Wedding and Celebration Cake - Silver Global Cheese Award 2014 - NWS

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
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Godminster’s Infused Vodka Spirits win three Great Taste Award stars!

Hurrah! We’re celebrating after all three of our Infused Vodka Spirits won stars from the Guild of Fine Foods prestigious Great Taste Awards 2015…

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Both the Horseradish Vodka Spirit and Elderflower Vodka Spirit from our ‘Fruits & Roots’ infused drinks range won the maximum three stars each whilst our yummy Blackcurrant Vodka Spirit was also awarded one.  Judges described the Elderflower vodka spirit as having “a wonderful balance that wanders round the mouth for ages!” The Horseradish vodka spirit was described as having an “Extraordinarily bright, fresh, pungent horseradish aroma which leads to a very true horseradish flavour. The contrast with the smooth rounded vodka is terrific.

Get each of these award-winning Vodka Spirits for just £18 for a limited time only! Why not check out these cocktail recipes:

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More Awards for Godminster!

 We’ve just got back from International Cheese Awards in Cheshire and we’re proud to announced that we’ve won the following:

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We’re so excited with our awards and we’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the International Cheese Awards this year. It was great to catch up with you all!

If you are going to the Speciality Fine Food Fair then come and meet the Godminster team! Click here to email us and book a meeting.

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Godminster At 15: Richard Hollingbery

In our final chapter of Godminster At 15 we have asked farm and company owner Richard Hollingbery to round up his thoughts on his fifteenth year at the helm of Godminster…

“I can’t quite believe that it is now fifteen years since Peter (my farm manager) and I first stood in the Memorial Hall at Wincanton farmer’s market trying to sell 1 and 2 kilogram cheeses – on that day we took £180 and we were delighted!

“Times have obviously moved on but it has given us the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the country promoting Godminster Vintage, and I wonder how many tonnes I must have extracted from vans and vehicles to place on our various showstands.

“I would like to thank all our loyal followers for their fantastic support, and I certainly recognize many of the faces that appear year on year at the Christmas shows – without them spreading the word would have been so much more difficult.

“So here’s to the next fifteen – I am excited to see where we will be by then.”

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Godminster at 15 – Pete Cheek

Pete, Farm Manager of Godminster Farm

In our second glimpse in to Godminster At 15 we have asked Godminster Farm’s manager, Pete Cheek, about what his highlights have been over the years…

“When we first started farming we had roughly 550 acres but fifteen years and lots of hard work later Godminster Farm has evolved in to 1,350 acres of rolling Somerset countryside. That means we’re farming land equal to about 675 football pitches or enough space to park 200,000 cars for those that don’t know their acreage…

“The growth in material space is one thing but what it actually represents is far more important: with more land we’ve seen newly planted trees develop in to young woods and seen how the song bird and brown hare numbers have increased in leaps and bounds. We’ve changed from grass & clover fields to now planting additional herb leys that go towards feeding our herd and keeping the cows even healthier. At Godminster Farm our herd are nearly wholly self-sufficient with the vast majority of our feed coming from our own crops planted across the farm. Eric, my first tractor driver, started ploughing these crops with a plough pulled by horses just like in the traditional olden days before being converted to a tractor that had a computer in it – although he never knew that!

“The very first farmers market that Richard (Godminster’s owner) and I sold our Vintage Organic Cheddar at was in the nearby town of Wincanton. Back then we only had our 1kg and 2kg truckles – we sold out on that first day and from then on we knew we were on to something special.

“Fifteen years later it’s amazing to look back at how the farm has evolved. Keeping up with supplying the demands of Godminster customers has been exciting and challenging and has impacted how we farm in all sorts of ways. On the farm itself we’ve grown from a team of 3 to a family of 5 with a linked holding in Cornwall and all kinds of other animals now being reared on the farm too. We’ve even had a go at making cider from the ancient varieties of apple trees found on the farm – although as to whether we’ll start making Godminster cider is yet to be seen…

“Innovation and change with a healthy respect for nature and tradition has always been at the heart of Godminster farm. These past fifteen years have given us so much – now it’s time to look ahead to the next fifteen years and what they might bring us!”

Follow Pete on Twitter @farmerchico for more!

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