Retail Shop & Museum
Pay a visit to this award-winning shop.
After many years working for some of the finest cheesemongers in France and England, Andy & Kathy set up their small cheese shop in 2012. Quickly winning many awards [click here for details] including World Cheese Awards Cheesemonger of the Year, and enjoyed by Royalty, this special cheese shop deserves its position as of one of the best in the UK.
Specialising in a small range of cheeses, The Courtyard Dairy really concentrates on its ethos to support and champion farmhouse cheese-makers within the UK, with an emphasis on unpasteurised, raw milk cheese from single herds. These rare, hard-to-find cheeses are expertly aged on-site to add an extra depth of flavour. Many of these cheeses are unique; all are made by hand by true artisans. You’ll experience, taste and enjoy ‘proper’ cheese.
Find out more about the background and ethos to the Cheese Shop here.
Sited right next to The Courtyard Dairy’s cheese-making room is an informative space with display panels and exhibits telling the history of cheese-making in Britain, how different cheeses are made and what makes farmhouse cheeses so unique – from pasteurisation to cloth-binding. Learn in detail a little more about what makes farmhouse cheese taste so special.
The Courtyard Dairy’s Cheese Experience was funded by grant support from European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
This funding allowed The Courtyard Dairy to create its new museum area, café and cheese-make room in 2017, by grant funding for building works, new equipment and marketing material.