Ashcombe is a large, flat, disc-shaped cheese that was the ultimate lockdown project. Conceived over Easter Lunch in 2020, Ashcombe was created to help solve the issue of having only one product (Rollright) with a short shelf life and no restaurants to buy it. David Jowett is the King Stone Dairy founder and cheesemaker, and had to find a solution quickly – he had a lot of milk and no outlet. He settled on a cheese with a three-to-four-month profile, using his existing soft-cheese equipment, that was similar to the French Morbier. It’s a rind-washed cheese, mellow, rich and smooth, with notes of hazelnuts and melted butter, and won Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards in 2022.