What goes with cheese and how to make a great looking cheeseboard
Deciding what goes with cheese and planning a great looking cheeseboard can be a little bit daunting but with some thought you can pull together an impressive and appealing cheeseboard.
Our top tip is to keep it simple by just using a few key components to accompany your chosen cheeses. Whether you’re including one or all such as a hard cheese, blue cheese or a soft cheese, accompaniments for your cheeseboard are our speciality. We have an award winning range for you to choose from for your perfect chutney and cheese combination. Choose from Welsh sweet pickled onions, moorish Welsh chutneys, and even our luxury Welsh marmalades to complement your cheeseboard selection. Adorn the cheese platter with fresh figs, crisp apple, grapes or celery sticks and add a selection of crackers and breads for contrast and texture.
Pantri Swswen based in Caersws, Mid Wales has been awarded a Great Taste Three Star Award for Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve and 1-star award for their Welsh Redcurrant Preserve. Great Taste is the largest and most trusted food and drink awards on the planet. Out of 5,383 products worldwide to receive an award they are one of 4127 to receive a Great Taste 1-star & one of only 218 to receive a 3-star accolade on 21 September 2021. Pantri Swswen will now be able to display the unmistakable black and gold logo, a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and consumers alike.
Pantri Swswen are thrilled with the judges comments for their Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve “The aromas are of vibrant blackcurrants and they make your mouth water. This conserve has intense blackcurrant flavour with length and freshness. You get a sense of really good fruit which has been skillfully crafted into a fantastic product. The balance of fruit, sweetness and acidity is just stunning and makes this conserve feel like a real treat.” “This is a gorgeous conserve – the colour is so intense, the smell is pure blackcurrant bushes, and the taste is divine. The soft set is lovely, there is enough fruit to give texture, but the most important aspect is the taste, and that is stunning. The maker has allowed the tartness of the blackcurrants to sing, and that is part of the success. A great product made with care” and for their Welsh Redcurrant Preserve “A beautifully fresh colour and flavour – lovely acidity and well judged sweetness. Glossy and pretty. It tastes fabulous. You have captured all the characteristics that redcurrants have, not least their wonderful acidity. We didn’t mind the pips because that’s what redcurrants have! This is so well made and you have taken time and effort to ensure that the redcurrant and its amazing flavour have been allowed to shine”.
We are thrilled!
Lizzie Jones owner explains: “Welsh grown blackcurrants, sugar, water and a delicate cook to reach a soft set. It’s such a simple, humble yet perfect preserve that let’s the taste of blackcurrants shine. This conserve has been a best seller since we first started Pantri Swswen in 2012 and entering it into the Great Taste Awards this year has certainly proved fruitful! We are thrilled with this award and to have also picked up an award for our Welsh Redcurrant Preserve is wonderful. All of our preserves and cakes are made using Welsh grown and sourced ingredients, in particular we strive to support our local Welsh growers and producers who share our passion for Welsh food. Small batch artisan production methods enable us to preserve and enhance the purity of the ingredients and we are thrilled that this has been recognised through our multiple awards and becoming a Great Taste Producer.
Established in 1994, Great Taste is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is the world’s largest, longest standing and most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
14,113 different products were entered in 2021 from 108 countries.
355 judges blind-tasted this year’s entries, including; Joanna Blythman, investigative journalist and food writer. Cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking Anna Jones. Author, Olia Hercules. Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion and restaurateur. Food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay. Presenter, author and tutor, Steven Lamb. Baker and author, Martha Collison, and Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Partridges.
Socially distanced judging took place over 86 days at four venues including Guild HQ in Gillingham, Dorset and the Guild of Fine Food’s London home, No. 42 Southwark Street, SE1
4,027 awarded a Great Taste 1-star – A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 30% of entries will achieve this rating each year.
1,138 awarded a Great Taste 2-star – Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating.
218 awarded a Great Taste 3-star – Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 2% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t leave the shop without buying it!
We are giving away one of our luxury Welsh seasonal preserve hampers. All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is sign up to our newsletter!
Competition Terms and Conditions
Pantri Swswen are giving away one luxury welsh seasonal preserve hamper (the competition).
The image used on the post is for illustration only. The content flavours may vary due to seasonal availability but will be equivalent to those shown.
The competition starts 1st November 2021 and finishes 00:00 28th February 2022.
The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 years and over.
To enter the competition entrants must follow the instructions laid out in the Pantri Swswen social media posts and according to the details on our social media platforms.
One winner will be notified by the email address provided within 1 week following the closing date of the competition.
The competition prize will be one luxury welsh preserve hamper, there is no cash alternative.
Pantri Swswen reserves the right to cancel the award of the prize in the event of the non-compliance by any winner with these Terms and Conditions.
Pantri Swswen reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time due to circumstances beyond its control.
Pantri Swswen accept no responsibility for entries that are illegible or lost or delayed due to technical problems. Proof of sending does not constitute proof of receipt.
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If the winning entrant doesn’t respond within 7 days of our notification email being sent the prize will be offered to another competition entrant without recourse.
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Entry is deemed as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
We’ve received multiple awards for our luxury welsh marmalade over the years. 2020 saw a very special 1 gold star Great Taste award for our Seville Orange & Welsh Apple Brandy Marmalade. Made with an award winning welsh apple brandy and organic Seville oranges it received some super comments from the Great Taste judges “A lovely pale orange colour and an enticing flavour. The bitter orange and the apple brandy come through. A soft set with peel that has a good bite, creating depth in character.” “The apple brandy works well with the orange, creating a lightness and additional fresh fruitiness.” “The texture of the pith is superb and creates good bite and mouth feel, along with the true characteristics of Seville oranges.” Seville Orange & Welsh Apple Brandy Marmalade is available to purchase through our online shop The Pantry
Great Taste Awards 2020 Pantri Swswen Press Release
Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2020
Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries,Pantri Swswen was awarded a1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour.
Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.
This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule. This necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised. All in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and drink producers during the all-important Christmas period.
The 2020 Award Judging & Judges
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley. Cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones. Celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom. Food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.
Three awards in the artisan category of the Dalemain World Marmalade Awards received for our luxury welsh marmalades in 2020. 2 highly commended and a bronze award to line up with Gold and Silvers and our Great Taste gold stars. We’re so proud to receive continued prestigious recognition for the quality of our delicious marmalade and preserves year on year. Our artisan marmalade collection is available to purchase through our online shop from 2021. Luxury marmalade handmade in Wales with finest interesting Welsh ingredients such as Welsh whisky, Welsh brandy, Welsh cider and Welsh honey all with the delicious taste of Wales. Browse our seasonal marmalade collection in our online shop Pantri and choose your favourites.
To add to our proud line up of awards in 2019 we entered our Welsh Pumpkin, Fig & Almond Chutney into the International Cheese Awards Accompaniments section. Competition was fierce but we were over-joyed to receive a Highly Commended award for our deliciously moreish welsh artisan Fig, Almond & Pumpkin chutney. With a rich caramel colour and wholesome flavour it pairs well with creamy mozzarella. It makes a lovely addition to an indoor or outdoor picnic; choose one of our Welsh Chutney Trio’s and enjoy a selection of our luxury preserves. Complimented by our collection of luxury award winning chutneys and preserves, add a tasty new dimension to your table with this delicious chutney packed full of figs and pumpkin.
Following the success of a gold star award in 2018 for our Welsh Sticky Gingerbread we entered our Welsh Beetroot Chutney and Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly into the awards. What a thrill to receive a gold star for the Welsh Beetroot Chutney and two gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly!
Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly – Judges comments.
Judges comments: “Fabulous blush pink colour with distinct apple aroma.” “Delightfully light yet aromatic on the palate also, with a pleasing level of bright acidity.” “A beautiful blush colour on the spoon, the palest pink. The apple comes through as sweetness then underpinning is a deeper, more savoury note…bittersweet and smoky Rowan berry” “We feel this would work beautifully with partridge”
Welsh Beetroot Chutney – Judges comments
Judges comments: “Great colour from this wonderful earthy aroma chutney. Excellent texture from the well handled beetroot which is releasing well balanced, sweet and earthy beetroot flavours. Has been excellently balanced between the sweetness and acidity.” “We applaud the texture and the balance of seasoning”
Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2019
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.
Lizzie Jones owner of Pantri Swswen, explains: we’re thrilled to have been awarded 2 gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly and Welsh Beetroot Chutney. These awards mean so much to small businesses and we’ll certainly be celebrating our wins with our staff and customers.”.
About the 2019 Great Taste Awards
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.
Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2019.
The start of the year for any artisan preserve maker is never dull and is always full of citrus sunshine. 2019 was no exception and our sunny start to the year was further enhanced with a double win at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards based in Cumbria. We were thrilled to receive a silver for our Welsh Whisky & Seville Orange Marmalade and a bronze for our Welsh Brandy & Seville Orange Marmalade. All of our marmalades feature an element of Wales in the ingredients; we have no difficulty selecting the perfect additions to our luxury handmade whole fruit marmalades.
Mid 2018 saw yet another award, this time from The Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2018 with a gold star for our delicious Welsh Sticky Gingerbread.
Press Release for our super Great Taste Gold Star Award
Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2018 for their Sticky Welsh Gingerbread
The Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2018. Pantri Swswen from Mid Wales was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour for its Sticky Welsh Gingerbread. Judges comments “a lovely rich stickiness to it.” “We very much enjoyed the light yet rich and moist texture of this cake and felt the level of ginger in the cake was just right.” “We loved the crystallised ginger”…”We certainly found the cake moreish”
Lizzie Jones owner of Pantri Swswen, explains: We’ve been proudly making our luxury cakes with fine welsh ingredients for many years. Welsh Sticky Gingerbread is a Pantri Swswen firm favourite and we decided to enter it into the Great Taste Awards on a whim this year and have been rewarded with a gold star award! The Great Taste logo adds real value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers, and ultimately increasing our sales. We’ll be celebrating this award which comes hot on the heels of our early 2018 World’s Original Marmalade Gold Award for our Ruby Grapefruit & Welsh Honey Marmalade. We will be holding tasting events locally to celebrate our wins.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar , granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.