Bryan and Liz Godsell give us the ‘Village Gossip’ on their award-winning cheeses…
HOW DID GODSELL’S COME ABOUT?
Godsell’s Cheese came about due to the low milk price in 2000. Many dairy farmers decided to get out of dairying as they were losing money and making no profit. We decided to try and add value. Liz, a self-confessed cheeseaholic, went on a dairy processing course at Cannington College to learn what could be done with milk. We converted an old cow shed on the farm to the Cheese Room. We were so focused on making cheese we did not consider what if it doesn't work?
HOW MANY COWS DO YOU HAVE/WHAT BREEDS?
Although we have been making cheese for 16 years we had an opportunity to start a new herd of cows five years ago, and we were very keen for our cows to graze grass. Our cows are cross breeds, we have Friesian, Ayrshire, Shorthorn, Normandies, Meuse-Rhine-Issels and Gloucesters. We have 190 cows in the herd.
WHAT MAKES YOUR CHEESE SPECIAL?
Our cheese is hand made in Gloucestershire, using milk from our own cows that graze grass. We have recently joined the Free Range Milk Group along with eight other milk producers in the South West who are committed to grazing their cows on grass. Most people assume all cows graze grass but we promise to graze our cows for 180 days producing wholesome milk rich in vitamin C and omega 3.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST SELLING CHEESE?
All of our cheeses are best sellers. We do a variety to try and cover a wide choice but most of our cheeses are hard cheeses. We mostly make Single Gloucester as we also smoke it (ourselves over beech ) to create Holy Smoked; we age it to create Singing Granny and Le Pong (limited edition) and we add flavours to create Cockadilli Chilli, Village Gossip (with chives), and Uley Tump (with spring onion).
WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU WON RECENTLY?
Last year we won Best Cotswold Cheese in the Costwold Life Food & Drink Awards and this year 1st and 2nd for our Single and Double Gloucesters at The Three Counties Show and same again at Berkeley Show. Although this is a new category at Berkeley Show, we were particularly thrilled as my Great Grandmother won first prize for one of her farmhouse cheeses. I even have her certificate framed!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHEESE?
My favourite cheese is Single Gloucester and Three Virgins (a Cheshire-style cheese). I like a mild, sharp cheese. Both are delicious with a thick-set honey.
Which cheese should customers try next?
As it’s apple time, try a fresh, crisp, local apple with our Double Gloucester and a glass of cider!
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