Stichelton Dairy wins prestigious award

Stichelton Dairy wins prestigious award

Congratulations to Joe Schneider and the team at Stichelton Dairy for being awarded the coveted James Aldridge Award for the UK’s Best Raw Milk Cheese.

Stichelton is made in a dairy built into an old brick barn at Collingthwaite Farm on the Welbeck Estate. Joe and the team were awarded the trophy for the first time in 2010, so it is fantastic to see this accolade return to the business 14 years later. 
 
The James Aldridge Award is presented by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA), an alliance of cheesemakers, retailers, wholesalers, and others involved with artisan cheese. Established to encourage excellence in cheesemaking, the SCA provides a forum for members to exchange ideas and represents their interests to the Government and media. The Specialist Cheesemakers Association was established in 1989, and its patron is HRH the Prince of Wales.
 
James Aldridge was one of the true pioneers of artisan British cheese. In homage to this great pioneer, the SCA invites its members each year to nominate the best British raw milk cheese for that year.  Every eligible cheese that receives a nomination is included in the judging. This encourages members to nominate new cheeses and helps the lesser-known raw milk cheeses gain confidence and recognition. After the panel of SCA experts judges the entries, a winner is picked and awarded the prestigious James Aldridge Trophy for one year and a hand-crafted scroll to keep for eternity. 
 
If you've never tried Stichelton, head to Welbeck Farm Shop and ask a cheese counter team member for a sample.