Flavoured cheeses are often frowned upon by fromage purists, but this year's winner of the British Cheese Awards proves there are some great examples out there.
Rosary goat's cheese, flavoured with garlic and herb, was named Supreme Champion at yesterday's awards, which saw more than 1,000 entries from 177 British and Irish cheesemakers.
Made by Chris and Clare Moody on the Hampshire and Wiltshire border, the pasteurised cheese is soft, fluffy and speckled with fresh herbs and garlic.It is sold in Waitrose and by delis including Arch House Deli in Bristol and Victoria's Deli in Cambridge.
Humming Bark - a Vacherin-style cheese wrapped in a band of spruce from Wexford-based Carrigbyrne Cheese - was named reserve champion, while Cote Hill Lindum from Lincolnshire won the Best New Cheese title.
The 2014 British Cheese Awards took place at the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset, which is also home to the British Cider Championships.
Other winners included:
Best English Cheese
Cheshire Traditional - Belton Cheese
Best Welsh Cheese
Anchor Extra Mature Cheddar - Arla Foods Llandyrnog
Best Scottish Cheese
Morangie Brie - Highland Fine Cheeses
Best Irish Cheese
Knockdrinna Meadow- Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese
Best Fresh Cheese
Rosary Garlic & Herb- Rosary Goats Cheese
Best Soft White
Golden Cross - Golden Cross Cheese Co
Best Semi Soft Cheese
Humming Bark - Carrigbyrne
Quickes Vintage - Quickes Traditional
Rothbury Red - Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses
Best Modern British
Nuns of Caen - Charles Martell & Son
Best Blue Cheese
Organic Stilton - Cropwell Bishop Creamery
Best Flavour Added Cheese
Wild Garlic Yarg - Lynher Dairies Cheese Co