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History of British Cheese

A History of British Cheese – The modern-day British Cheese Revival.

With British artisan cheese all but disappearing in post-war Britain, things were indeed dire for farmhouse cheese makers. A few continued to make cheese, encouraged by the remaining great cheesemongers…

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Cais Na Tire Sheep Cheese

An Interview with Barry Cahalan: sheep farmer, and owner of Cais Na Tire cheese

An interview with Barry Cahalan; farmer and owner of the fabulous Cais Na Tire cheese! Find out what Barry loves on the food scene, his ethos for his business and…

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Old Cheese Factory

A History of British Cheese – The 20th Century and the Eradication of Farmhouse Production

Despite the decline of farmhouse cheese production as a result of the industrial revolution, by the early 1900s there was still a reasonable amount of cheese being made on the…

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Sustainable Farming at Hafod Cheese: a day in the life of herdsman Nicholas Millard

The Holden’s farm – Bwlchwernen Fawr – is pretty small by modern UK standards, with a milking herd of just 73 Ayrshire cows. Nick is the only full-time member of…

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Small Producer Award

Hebden Goat wins Best Small Food Producer

Yorkshire cheese maker deservedly wins national award Gillian Clough of Hebden Bridge has bagged a prestigious national award for her lovely cheese, Hebden Goat.   The Small Food Awards are designed…

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Christmas Cheese Selection

Creating A Perfect Christmas Cheeseboard

Once upon a time insipid bits of soggy Cheddar and dried out Stilton (that needed to be revived with Port!) were about all that Britain could offer the cheese world…

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Sunday Times Gift Guide

Featured in The Sunday Times Christmas Gift Guide

The Courtyard Dairy featured in pride of place (number 1!) in this weeks Sunday Times Christmas Gift Guide.  Along with many fabulous other Christmas gifts the Christmas cheese selections had…

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An interview with Jonny Crickmore: farmer and maker of Baron Bigod cheese

Brief synopsis of your business & career? I am Jonny Crickmore, dairy farmer and cheese maker of the UKs only raw milk Brie Baron Bigod, from the Waveney valley,Bungay,Suffolk ….

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A History of British Cheese, part 2: Pre 20th Century Cheese-making Practices

Cheese making was around in Britain during the time of the Celts, who simply let milk go sour (turning acidic exactly as it does today if you let your milk…

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The history of British cheese

A History of British Cheese – Introduction

Cheese has been made in Britain for thousands of years. Yet the cheeses we know and have come to adore as classically British (Cheddar, Lancashire and Wensleydale, for example) have…

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Joe Schneider of Stichelton

Meet the cheese-maker!

Throughout November and December some of Britain’s best cheese-makers are visiting The Courtyard Dairy, and they’d love to meet you! They’ll be in the shop 11-4pm tasting out their cheese…

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St James Cheese

St James Cheese – a video visit to Holker Farm

Martin Gott and Nicola Robinson farm a small herd of 110 Lacaune sheep in South Cumbria (England). Since 2006 Martin and Nicola have used their fabulous milk to make St…

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