New on the block

Mary and Joe Davenport with their prize winning cheese and award winning milk producers
Mary and Joe Davenport with their prize winning cheese and award winning milk producers

Cheese fans will be 
reaching for their crackers as Cote Hill Red rolls onto 
the shelves at Lincolnshire Co-op.

The semi hard cheese is made at Cote Hill Farm in Osgodby, near Market Rasen, by Michael, Mary and their son Joe Davenport.

Lincolnshire Co-op already stocks the family’s Cote Hill Blue and Yellow cheeses and now Cote Hill Red has joined them on sale in all 76 foodstores as part of the Love Local range.

Michael Davenport said: “It’s a semi hard cheese with a slightly nutty flavour and some sweetness.

“Some people say 
it’s similar to a cheddar but it’s
not made in the same 
way at all, the starter we use 
to make it is used in continental cheeses.

“It has a mature Gouda type of flavour with a hint of marmite.

Michael said: “We like supplying Lincolnshire 
Co-op because it is a co-op with local foodstores and 
not a big supermarket. It’s a good way of getting our cheeses out there locally to different communities as the co-op has stores throughout the area.”

Each cheese’s journey starts at 6am in the morning when the 44-strong herd of Red Poll and Freesian are milked. The milk goes directly into a cheese vat and the process begins.

Cote Hill Red is covered soon after bringing with
a special red coating 
before it matures for three months.