Category Archives: Farm

The first West Country Gorwydds!

We have one week of making Gorwydd Caerphilly in the new dairy under our belt! And we love it!

The dairy works really well, great flow and some really great special extras like the gravity feed pipe. It was worth all the hard work getting that bulk tank up on a frame!

There is still lots to do but sitting outside after work, with their backs against the make room wall, having a cider and watching the cows, Todd and Maugan took a minute to enjoy their new dairy.

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St Davids Day, cawl and caerphilly

Kim’s latest blog from Gorwydd: the history of St David’s day; Caerphilly and Llanddewi Brefi….

The 1st March has ben a national festival day in Wales for centuries as it represents the day the well respected Saint David died.

Originally to commemorate the day, gingerbread figures of a Welshman riding a goat were baked and consumed. Now days, people wear symbols of a leek or a daffodil(mostly because these are in season during the month of March) and on the menu throughout Wales is the national dish of cawl (soup/broth). This is a simple but delicious meal of lamb, potatoes, carrots, leeks and stock finished off with a topping of crumbled or diced caerphilly cheese slowly melting into the hot liquor.

The village of Llanddewi Brefi holds a tremendous amount of significance to the history of Saint David as it where he was said to have performed his most well known miracle (and makes for a good story!). At a church meeting in Llanddewi while Saint David was speaking to the gathered crowd complaints reached him form the back where people were struggling to see him let alone hear him. Upon learning this the ground beneath him began to slowly rise until a small hill formed to allow all who had come, to see him. It is now on this spot that the church of St. David now stands.

The landlady of the New Inn pub in LLanddewi, makes the biggest and most savoury pots of cawl rich in Gorwydd Caerphilly and has become the most popular destinations for the locals on St David’s day.

Gorwydd Caerphilly wins Best Welsh Cheese

Looks like we’ve won Best Welsh Cheese at the World Cheese Awards. Just waiting to find out more details….  WCAmajorwinners

Hip hip hooray for Maugan and Kim – truly brilliant cheesemakers.

Yes, at last! We’re selling online!

Thanks to our friends at Big Barn, we’ve finally got our act together and a selling a range of cheeses,  ‘accompaniments’ and Cheese School Vouchers online.

To celebrate our arrival into the 21st Century Information Super Highway we have a couple of Special Offers:

Firstly, all Big Barn subscribers get £5 off if they spend £30 or more. Just use this discount code:  TD1

Secondly, there’s a whopping 20% off Cheese School vouchers during September.

I know that I would never make it as an advertising exec but I’m hoping that you might be a little bit tempted never the less!

Here’s a button – all you need to do is click it!


Cheese, bread and beer at St Thomas the Martyr

In the unseasonable cool of an August evening in 2010, the sight of a crisply laid table glowing in soft candlelight between the choir stalls and in the shadow of an exquisitely carved medieval reredos may have looked incongruous, but this was the venue for the first of Trethowan’s Dairy events at the home of its new Bristol office, a redundant, but beautifully preserved Victorian gem in the centre of Bristol.

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As the guests assembled for a celebration of artisan produce, any feelings of disrespect were swiftly quelled by Peter Lancaster, the man in whose hands the future of this, and many other church buildings in the South West, are entrusted.

The Churches Conservation Trust have the increasingly impossible task of maintaining redundant Church of England premises in good order even when, as in this case, no service, has been held there for nearly 30 years.

Peter assured us that although the stiff collared Victorians may be looking down disapprovingly, the original medieval church that stood on this site, and traces of which remain, would have been a much more raucous affair, hosting very similar social events and even markets within its walls.

Indeed, far from being forbidding, the atmosphere rapidly relaxed as a trinity of artisan foods, possibly the very staffs of life itself, erupted onto the scene, for this was to be a truly rustic celebration of cheese, ale and bread, as espoused by Trethowan’s, Bristol Beer Factory and Mark’s Bread who all share the faith of terroir, a belief that foods not only reflect the region in which they are produced, but share a synergy with other products similarly evolved.

Todd’s Gorwydd Caerphilly was first up, with Sunrise, a pale golden beer with similar citrus notes and a 7 seed bread.

Old Demdike, a locally made ewes milk cheese was served with Acer, a floral, mahogany coloured brew & rye sourdough.

Tymsborough, an ash coated goat cheese made near Bath was matched to Hefe a yeast driven wheat beer & a fig & pepper loaf.

Montgomery Cheddar came alongside Exhibition Ale & a classsic Bloomer.

Stichelton with the Gold Medal Milk Stout & walnut bread.

Inevitably the love poured into all the offerings overflowed into the conversation, and a thankfulness of the bounteous glory, however derived, underscored the musings of the assembled guests in the afterglow of a divine evening.

This venue has so much to recommend it that these evenings can only grow in stature, and it comes with the full blessing of the Church Conservation Trust, so look out for the next offering to be held here, I can promise stained glass and a vision of the Sermon on the Mount, the joyous spirit comes with yourselves.

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Thanks to Alex Testrote for this glowing review!