Eden puddings producer hoping to be judged cream of the crop

Date: Friday 8th June 2018
David, Lynne and Rory Mallinson, of Country Puddings, with their herd and custar
David, Lynne and Rory Mallinson, of Country Puddings, with their herd and custar

EDEN-based company Country Puddings will feature in the finals of the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards to be held in Bristol next week.

The company is in the food producer of the year category, which attracted more than 800 entries, alongside Ispini Charcuterie, Northern Ireland, and The Small Food Bakery, Nottingham — plus one notable extra, Helen Archer and her artisan cheese.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the awards so they got a special mention on The Archers radio programme. Judge Sheila Dillon, the BBC food programme presenter, took part in a special episode featuring part of her shortlist visits. It meant Helen Archer’s artisan cheese was judged alongside Country Puddings.

Sheila visited Country Puddings at Dacre, near Penrith, earlier in the spring, taking time to see the farm and the factory, filming and finding out more about the company.

Introducing Lynne on her BBC food and farming podcast, she described Lynne as a "pudding pioneer".

"Sheila was really keen to understand what makes us different, so it was great to be able to show her what we do," said Lynne.

"She was really interested in how we work with so many Cumbrian producers to source ingredients. And, of course, the story of our custard really comes to life when you see it. There’s great provenance and it’s 100 per cent traceable — our cows, our milk and our custard.”

The Country Puddings trip to the finals will be a family affair with Lynne and husband David attending with son Rory, who is leaving his dairy cows in the capable hands of his cousin.