The Wensleydale Creamery reigns supreme in the cheese world, after being crowned Supreme Champion of The National Cheese Awards.

The Dales cheesemaker picked up several awards for products including its famous Yorkshire Wensleydale and traditional old-fashioned style Kit Calvert Wensleydale, plus the popular Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries.

The National Cheese Awards, comprising of 67 categories, took place at the 150th Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset, which took place over four days from May 29 to June 1.

Judges presented the awards last Wednesday, following over 700 entries from highly competitive cheese and dairy produce classes.

The Wensleydale Creamery was crowned Supreme Champion for its hand-crafted traditional Double Glouceste, following the Supreme Champion Award win at The British Cheese Awards last September.

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In total, Wensleydale won five cups, six gold, three silver and two bronze awards for our range of handcrafted cheeses at The National Cheese Awards.

Based at Hawes in the heart of the Dales, the Wensleydale Creamery handcrafts its cheese to time-honoured recipes, using milk from local family farms to ensure the quality and authenticity of its cheese.

David Hartley, managing director of The Wensleydale Creamery, said. “We are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Supreme Champion accolade, among some very strong competitors at The National Cheese Awards in Somerset this week.

“Following our previous win at The British Cheese Awards at the end of last year, it is great that our products are again recognised for their outstanding quality.  This is testament to the skill and dedication of our whole team here in Wensleydale, with special credit to our talented cheesemakers.  It is also a fantastic achievement for our dedicated local farmers, being a reflection of their high quality milk which is at the heart of our truly special cheese.”

The Wensleydale Creamery has plans to redevelop its Creamery at Hawes, with a planning application being approved last month by the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

With the building works due to start in 2014, bosses say the new Creamery will ensure a sustainable future for Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese production in the heart of Wensleydale for generations to come.

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