Forget Cheddar and Wensleydale – the best cheeseboard in Britain can be found right here in Calderdale.
Scott and Lisa Hessel put the region on the map as they steered their Rishworth gastro-pub, The Old Bore, to victory at the 18th British Cheese Awards.
The couple brought home the title with a platter featuring offerings from Todmorden-based Pextenement and Ivy House Cheese, of Southowram, among others from across the county and beyond.
Scott, who has been at the helm of the 19th century coaching inn since 2004, said he and his wife were thrilled to have won.
“It’s brilliant news isn’t it? A restaurant in Halifax winning the best cheeseboard in Britain.
“We beat competition from Michelin-starred restaurants and the like, so it’s really good.”
A panel of cheese experts, food writers, chefs and gastronomes had earlier whittled down more than 900 entries from nearly 200 British and Irish cheese makers.
Winners across 22 categories were announced at Cardiff’s City Hall on the eve of the Great British Cheese Festival.
As part of his prize, Scott will help to judge the entries for next year’s awards, which are considered the Oscars of the dairy world.
The couple’s winning cheeseboard is just one of the delights on The Old Bore’s menu, which is laden with local produce.
“We feature that heavily. It’s a real part of our ethos down here,” said Scott.
“It supports your local people and supports your local economy and cuts down on the food miles.
“Everyone is making super produce here. There’s no need to look elsewhere.”