Visit the Shop in Settle
The cheese shop is open for business and will be happy to serve you in person/deliver out to the car.
You can also order online for delivery nationwide: local delivery is free, otherwise charged at £5.95 for orders under £55.
Unfortunately, the café, museum and toilets are permanently closed. There is plans afoot to build an extension which will house a museum and a new events/food service space in 2023-24.
In this interim period takeaway coffee and ice cream available 8-8 everyday.
Andy and Kathy Swinscoe will be delighted to see you at The Courtyard Dairy – their specialist cheese shop, café, museum and cheese production room. The orders taken on their popular website are also despatched from the site (click here for online sales).
Situated in a beautiful stone barn, which helps to maintain the ideal cool atmosphere in which the cheeses are aged, this Yorkshire cheese shop started out as it exists today: a specialist cheesemonger serving locals, tourists and the finest restaurants in the north of England. In 2017 the shop expanded into new premises and at the same time a museum telling the history and story of farmhouse cheese, a café serving cheese based goodies (and, of course, coffee!), and a cheese production room were added. And there’s plenty of free on-site parking.
The shop is not to be missed – it’s a destination in itself. You’ll find whole wheels of Cheddars, gently ageing on sagging spruce boards, talk to and learn from knowledgeable cheesemongers, and of course – taste cheese to your heart’s delight!
The Courtyard Dairy is winner of numerous awards including the ‘Cheesemonger of The Year’ (at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2016 and separately at the World Cheese Awards 2013); The Best New Cheese Retailer (2013 British Cheese Awards), Best Cheese Counter (World Cheese Awards 2013) and was also a runner up for Yorkshire Food Destination of the Year (2013) BBC Food & Farming Awards (2014) and Observer Food Monthly Awards (2015), so if you love cheese, you’ll love your visit.
You can read here about the history of The Courtyard Dairy, and how the knowledgeable and experienced cheesemongers Andy and Kathy Swinscoe had the vision to create this unique cheese shop in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
The Courtyard Dairy is located just outside Settle on the A65 heading towards Kendal, in what was the former Falconry Centre (LA2 8AS). Find the shop using Google Maps here.