We’re delighted to announce that Lyburn Cheese in Landford, Hockey’s Farm Shop in Fordingbridge, and The Noble Bee from Hythe all picked up the coveted three-star Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.
Out of over 14,000 global entries put through the rigorous blind-tasting tests, only 248 products were bestowed with the prestigious three-star award, including Lyburn’s Stoney Cross cheese, Hockey’s Rare Breed British Lop spare rib of pork and The Noble Bee’s New Forest wildflower honey.
Meanwhile New Forest Shortbread in Burley claimed two stars for its rosemary shortbread, and one star for its Earl Grey New Forest shortbread. The judge’s feedback on the rosemary shortbread included: ‘We adore the traditional homemade artisan look of your rosemary shortbread, which have a rich buttery aroma followed by that distinctive yet light approach to the rosemary addition.’
A one-star award was also picked up by Naked Jam in Hordle for its raspberry jam, with Hockey’s claiming a one-star award for both its British Lop rare breed Olde English pannage pork sausages and Rare breed British Lop loin of pork. Lyburn claimed a further two one-star awards for its Lightly Oak Smoked and Old Winchester cheeses.
New Forest Marque Chair Dan Parsons said: ‘Many congratulations to all the worthy winners. This is a clear indication of the quality of local produce sourced from within the New Forest.’
Simon Noble, of The Noble Bee, said: ‘I’ve always said that New Forest Honey is particularly delicious and we attribute the quality of our own honey to the careful placement of our hives in natural wild areas that offer an abundance of wildflowers, resulting in honey that truly captures the essence of nature and The New Forest.
‘We are very grateful for the recognition because we do work very hard and passionately to produce delicious honey from bees that are very well cared for.’