A SOMERSET goats' cheese maker has been judged among the top in the world.

White Lake Cheese, based in the heart of the countryside near Shepton Mallet, picked up five medals at the 35th World Cheese Awards, which took place in Trondheim, Norway.

It won four bronze medals for its Glaston Tile, King of the Castle, Limestone and Katherine cheeses and scooped silver for its Eve cheese.

Roger Longman, owner of White Lake Cheese, said: “We are delighted to win yet more awards for our cheeses and especially for our new products.

"This year we have won 22 gold and 10 silver awards across several major competitions and it’s very affirming for our new products such as Equinox on its first outing as well as for the team’s effort and hard work.

"Consistently winning prizes helps customers know that they have made the right choice and introduces new cheeses to the cheese world.”

Gary Yeomans, chairman of the Milking Goat Association, said: “These awards are superb news for these members of the British Goat Association.

"Whitelake Cheese's prizes are really good news. It just shows the exceptional quality of goats’ milk cheeses made here in the United Kingdom, by dedicated and talented cheesemakers.”