A goats’ cheese from ECT’s Hatherop Estate featured at a recent House of Commons event to showcase the best from British farmers and brewers.

Nanny Lander’s Cotswold Organic goats’ cheese, made by Tom Lander at Home Farm, Quenington in Gloucestershire, was on offer at a special tasting for MPs in mid-January.

The event was organised by the National Farmers’ Union in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, to highlight the importance of British cheese and beer to the economy.

Mike Wood MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said the tasting was designed to show the enormous diversity of British beer and cheese, and to encourage support for our farmers and brewers.

“The UK produces over 700 cheeses – more than France – and 10,000 different beers. Both are traditional agricultural products that trace their histories back thousands of years,” he said.

Tom Lander said it was a real accolade to have his cheese showcased at the House of Commons event

“It went down really well – everyone liked it,” he said. “I was asked lots of questions about it and there was a great atmosphere. The occasion was a real tribute to the quality of produce coming from Britain’s food and farming community.”

Generations of the Lander family have farmed in the village of Quenington for almost a century, traditionally grazing pasture for milk production.

Ten years ago, Tim and Paula Lander took the difficult decision to sell their dairy herd of Jersey cows, and turned instead to raising organic Aberdeen Angus beef.

Their son Tom, now 28, started working on the 600-acre organic farm in 2013. As a way of diversifying he suggested keeping goats to produce milk and cheese.

“Before I worked on the farm, I worked in hospitality and catering and I was aware that goats’ cheese was a big seller,” he said.

“The idea really came from there. We had empty barns from the dairy herd which were the perfect size for goats and we had the old milking parlour, so it was just a matter of converting it.”

As well as a reference to the goats, the name Nanny Lander’s is also an affectionate nod to previous generations.

Tom’s great grandmother Thirza – known as Nanny Lander – was the first at Home Farm to produce dairy products. A generation on, Tom’s grandmother Catherine was a familiar face delivering milk around Quenington.

Since their launch four years ago, sales of Nanny Lander’s goats’ cheese and milk have grown steadily. They are sold mostly at the farm, but are also available at local shops, pubs and restaurants.

To find out more about Nanny Lander’s goats cheese – and to meet the goats themselves –  visit: www.nannylanders.co.uk

8/02/2018