PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:56 30 August 2017

This year, Rodda’s celebrates its 125th birthday so it would be fair to say this is a company and a cream-maker that knows what it’s about

As the cream tea season begins Cornwall Life Food Editor SUSAN CLARK pays tribute to the cream of the crop

As anyone who has grown up in the South West will tell you, when it comes to a traditional cream tea there is just one ingredient that cannot be tampered with and that is, of course, the cream. And by cream we mean one, and only one, and that is clotted cream - or clouted’ as they used to say.

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a part of the world where clotted cream had a whole corner of the fridge reserved by a mum who, although Yorkshire-raised, made no bones that the cream should top the jam and, just as importantly, that the cream should be Cornwall’s own Rodda’s So it makes my heart (and tastebuds) happy to see a whole new generation growing up with the understanding that when it comes to food, always serve the best you can afford and that when it comes to clotted cream, you’re better off serving a small pot of Rodda’s than a large tub of anything infinitely inferior.

This year, Rodda’s celebrates its 125th birthday so it would be fair to say this is a company and a cream-maker that knows what it’s about. It already has a string of awards to show that, as an old editor of mine was once fond of saying cream always rises to the top’ and has just snaffled another in the recent Live, Love, Eat awards. These were the first-ever awards from the online foodie platform liveloveeat.co.uk which was set up by a farmer’s daughter, Vicki Sargent, to showcase the best of the South West food scene. And as part of a platform of fairness, Live Love Eat makes no charge for entries and the winners are determined by votes from you/us (aka the public/customers).

Rodda’s, as we might expect, won the platinum award in the Dairy category as the best Cornish producer but also scooped the prestigious regional award for the entire category, seeing off the likes of Somerset’s Yeo Valley, Devon’s Quicke’s Traditional, Dorset’s Purbeck and Gloucestershire’s Cottleswold Dairy.

In fact, Cornwall walked away with an embarrassment of riches in the shape of the following awards for its makers:

Confectionary - Cloud Nine Marshmallows

Condiments - Cornish Sea Salt (also the regional winner for this category)

Meat/Poultry - Deli Farm Charcuterie

Fish/Seafood - Fresh From The Sea

Drink - Cornish Gin Distillery

Baked Goods - Chough Bakery

Retailer - Trevallicks Farm Shop

Restaurant - Godolphin Arms Restaurant

Café - Porthminster Beach Cafe

Pub - The Watering Hole

Farmers’ Market - Helston Farmers’ Market

This article first appeared in Cornwall Life May 2015

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