Nottinghamshire’s esteemed cheesemaker awarded three Great Taste stars
Colston Bassett Dairy is celebrating multiple star success, with their Shropshire Blue achieving the most coveted rating of three Great Taste stars. The world-renowned co-operative dairy’s Stilton also received one star.

Made in the traditional way, using milk from local farms, this recognition adds to a long list of accolades the dairy has already received, reiterating the outstanding quality of these British cheeses.

The Food Oscars
Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the annual ‘Oscars’ of the speciality food and drink sector are an acknowledged benchmark – and recognition is highly sought after. Over 65 days between March and July, every year, more than 500 expert judges blind tasted 12,634 entrants. On average, only 1% of entrants receive the highest rating of three stars, confirming Colston Bassett Dairy’s status as one of the top food producers in the UK.

Judge’s Comments
Three stars – Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue: “This is a delicious cheese, rich and creamy, with excellent blueing – the flavour just keeps on giving. A really good example of a Shropshire blue cheese that would be an asset to any cheese board.”
One star – Colston Bassett Stilton: “A good looking Stilton with a decent level of bluing – very even. The judges were really taken with this cheese.”

World Renowned
Throughout its 104 year history, Colston Bassett Dairy has maintained traditional cheesemaking methods – to ensure exceptional quality and consistency is achieved.

Billy Kevan, Dairy Manager at Colston Bassett Dairy, comments: “To have received three stars at this prestigious level is a brilliant achievement and well-deserved recognition of our cheesemaker’s talents. The stars endorse our longstanding reputation around the world by highlighting quality and taste to consumers. No cheeseboard is complete without quality blue cheese and as we head towards Christmas – choose a multi award winner from Colston Bassett.”