Godminster at 15: Jessica Kimber Holloway

Jessica Kimber-Holloway: Technical and Production Manager

As Godminster’s fifteenth year rolls around we turn to three of our staff members for three unique reflections on how the time has passed. First up is our Production & Technical Manager Jessica Kimber-Holloway who is sharing her thoughts on Godminster at 15…

“When I first joined Godminster way back in 2007 the company looked nothing like it does today, in a very literal sense! We worked out of tiny little offices above the milking parlour with all the smell, noise, heat flies that you would expect to come with such a unique office set up…

“Back then there was only four of us and since then we’ve since outgrown ourselves again and again. Expanding the range to include our Organic Bries brought a fresh new dynamic to the production team with extra cheesemakers being brought on board to put in to practice the specialised artisan skills required for making soft cheese. Since starting in 2013 our bries have been winning different awards each year and have been going from strength to strength. We’ll have even more exciting and new challenges facing our soft cheese team this year… watch this space for more news on that in the next few months!

“Now that we’re celebrating fifteen years of Godminster it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on how far we have come. It isn’t just the cheese company and the farm itself that have grown – our friends and families, young and old, have grown alongside us too and helped to see Godminster through all kinds of exciting times. From crazy Christmas times to selling British cheddar to the French, Godminster has had some amazing high points and we’re all lucky to have been able to share that with our ever-expanding Godminster family. Here’s to fifteen more years!”


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Godminster is 15!

Godminster is 15!

It’s been exactly fifteen years since Godminster started producing its unique Vintage Organic Cheddar. On July 13th 2015 Godminster will celebrate it’s birthday in Bruton, Somerset.

Locals have been farming the land around Godminster for over five hundred years. There has been a dairy farm on Godminster’s farmland for over one hundred years. Godminster was certified organic in 1999 and the following year the farm produced the first 1kg truckles of its iconic cheddar.

Fifty two thousand tonnes of Somerset forage and over twenty million litres of milk later, Godminster is now known around the world for its unique cheddar, Vintage Organic and Oak Smoked; it’s organic Bries, Traditional, Black Pepper and Garlic with Chives; and a selection of other products that include produce from around the farm such as Beetroot and Apple chutney and Infused vodka spirit drinks.

The farm’s cheeses have been recognised as world-beaters at the International Cheese Awards, the Global Cheese Awards, the British Cheese Awards and the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. In the last two years Godminster has received over 25 gold, silver and bronze awards for its food and drink.

Richard Hollingbery, Godminster Owner, says, “We are delighted to be celebrating our 15th birthday this July. When we first created our Vintage Organic Cheddar, we knew we had something special and very different from other British cheeses. We have worked very hard over the years to keep the highest taste and quality standards and it has paid off. We have built up a substantial family of Godminster fans who are very loyal. We have great partnerships in our work with traders and wholesalers and a thriving business online. The future looks good.’

Godminster 15th birthday will include events in its shop in Bruton and a week of online and social media celebration.

Godminster owner, Richard Hollingbery’s daughters [and friend] with the first ever Vintage Organic Cheddar

Godminster owner, Richard Hollingbery’s daughters [and friend] with the first ever Vintage Organic Cheddar

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Awards Galore!

British Cheese Awards 26th May 2015

British Cheese Week is on the horizon and this year it was all kicked off with the British Cheese Awards at the Bath & West Show in Somerset! We’re honoured to announce that we won awards for three of our cheeses:

All the industry ‘Big Cheeses’ (pardon the pun) were there and this week the Godminster team arrived en masse up at the showground with all our usual show-only special offers and cheese goodies. If you’re around in Somerset from now until the 30th of May then pop along and say hi!


Taste of the West Awards

Another set of awards that we were flattered to receive recognition from were the illustrious Taste of the West Awards! Each year these are given out to the very best of Westcountry produce and we’re glad to say we have won Silver for the following Godminster goodies:


British Cheese Week 1st – 7th June 2015

As for British Cheese Week itself, we’ll be joining in the festivities with some special offers on our online shop as well as a few competitions to win some delicious Godminster cheeses for yourself. Drop us a Tweet at @Godminsterfarm or pop on to our Facebook page to find out more.


British Cheese Week - Click Here for Special Offers

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3 Top Tips for Composing the Perfect Cheese Wedding Cake

A Wedding & Celebration Cheese Cake

Still looking for that ‘something blue’?

Why not make it a Stilton!


Buy British

Did you know that according to the British Cheese Board there are over 700 named British cheeses produced in the UK? With British cheeses taking home the golds at every major international cheese award there has never been a better time to support home-grown talent and discover some new British favourites.

Cheese Selection

The perfect cheeseboard will encompass a whole spectrum of tastes and textures and the perfect cheese tower is no different. A good rule of thumb is to include a soft cheese (Godminster Organic Brie Selection, Alex James’s Goddess), a blue cheese (Colston Bassett Stilton), a goats cheese (White Lake Cheese’s White Nancy) and of course the award-winning Godminster cheddar! Remember: even if you don’t like a particular type of cheese there might be guests in your party who simply love it.

The Magic Hour

Although it is important to keep your cheese refrigerated until the day of the event there’s a well-kept secret that cheese tastes its best when it’s been brought up to room temperature over the span of at least an hour. When slowly brought to room temperature all those lovely aromatic flavours and textures come to life as the delicate microstructures begin to loosen up and relax. An hour is plenty – that’s when the magic begins to happen!

Think that an alternative cheese wedding cake might be the thing for you? Have a look at our Godminster Wedding and Celebration Cheese Cake or the Godminster Celebration Cake and see what you think. If you have any questions then have a read of our Cheese Cake FAQs.

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Hero Ingredient: Lovely Leeks

We’ve been making the most of the British leek season this month. There’s something very spring-like about enjoying leeks during the first sunny days of the year with spring lamb… we’re feeling hungry just thinking about it!

One of the best things about leeks is they are quick and simple to cook and oh so versatile. Boiled, sautéed, baked, braised – you can’t go wrong! If you manage to get your hands on the very young ones you can even eat them raw. But the very best thing about leeks? They are perfection with cheese.

We’re loving this simple recipe which shows off that side dishes don’t have to be boring – add a couple of mushrooms and some tasty bacon (we love Denhay’s dry cured smoked back bacon) and you’re away.


Adding creamy Godminster cheddar to Leeks a la Oliver is one way to keep the family happy come rain or shine this spring! This recipe is perfect for cooks of all standards and especially for people who can’t resist a little oozy cheese. Yum.


jamie oliver leeks


Photo cred: Jamieoliver.com, bbcgoodfood.co.uk


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than over great food? This weekend we’ll be indulging with our wonderful mums – taking off for long country walks in wellies, putting something delicious in the oven for a long, slow cook, pouring a glass of something fizzy and of course nibbling on a cheese board while reminiscing. We’ve also got a fabulous competition running on Facebook & twitter. Just comment on our competition posts, telling us why your mum deserves to be spoiled this Mother’s Day, send us a pic too! We can add them to the gallery of our team’s mums:

mother's day bethan

mother's day deborah

mother's day jess

mother's day rachel

And it’s a ‘Happy Moo-ther’s Day’ to these ladies too (sorry!) from their little ones.

mother's day cows

mother's day cows 2


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Our Favourite Cheese Quotes

The internet is awash with wonderful sayings about cheese, we wanted to show you three of our favourites.

Join us over on Facebook to see more of these chuckle-worthy snippets.

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Find Love Online

No, we’ve not set up a cheese-based dating website but we can help you woo the one you love (even if you’ve left it a bit late!) We’re accepting Valentine’s orders right up until 9am on Thursday 12th February. Sent by next day delivery, you will have something deliciously indulgent to share just in the nick of time! Get shopping!


cheddar hearts pile

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Hero Ingredient: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Even as lovers of indulgence, the team at Godminster has been enjoying a bountiful supply of greens this month. The New Year brings an opportunity to somewhat reverse the effects of the festive season. Luckily, brassicas (cabbage, kale, broccoli and more) are in season and readily available throughout January which makes things a little easier. Plus these veggies all go so well with cheese (small steps!)

Purple Sprouting

The brassica family is vast, but one of our favourites has to be purple sprouting broccoli. This little veg has a delicate stem which makes it perfect for dunking into our Godminster Fondue. Whether you buy it from your local supermarket, grocers, or dig up these beauties from your own back garden, purple sprouting broccoli is a light and wholesome veg.

How are we enjoying them?

We like to serve this up as a special but simple side dish. By toasting in a little garlic and sesame oil the Asian flavours help pep up a weeknight meal.

purple 1

We love Hugh Fernly-Whittingstall’s purple sprouting broccoli gratin, a great wintery celebration of this blushing brassica. Top with a small shaving of our cheddar and you’re winning!


Photocreds: www.theguardian.com www.bbcgoodfood.com

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Feeling the Love

Are you the person who every year is rushing around at the last minute wondering what on earth to buy your other half for Valentine’s Day?

Let’s be honest, most of us are.

Well avoid that panic this year by using our code LOVE15 at the Godminster online checkout to get £5 off any of our heart-shaped gifts in the month of January. It’s really simple and it means you can get a range of gifts for under £20 including postage and packing!

Here are our top picks:

  • Try our luxurious Heart to Heart gift pack which pairs our signature Vintage Organic Cheddar with one of our handmade Organic Brie both in pretty heart shapes. Two cheeses mean only one thing – the recipient will simply have to share…

heart to heart lifestyle

single cheddar heart - low res

  • A Godminster Heart Party Pack gives you everything you need to round off the perfect Valentine’s night in. Curl up with a glass of wine and indulge in crispy Rosemary Water Biscuits or Godminster Digestives topped with rich and creamy Vintage Organic Cheddar and some punchy Beetroot & Apple Chutney. Heaven.

godminster party pack heart hi res So what are you waiting for? Use Love15 at the checkout to get £5 off these wonderful gifts and more. Please note: the code LOVE15 is only available to be used until January 31st 2015.

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