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Raw Milk Appreciation Day

Raw Milk Appreciation Day (22nd April 2017)

nce a year, cheese-makers and cheesemongers across the globe celebrate the production of raw milk and raw milk cheeses on Raw Milk Appreciation Day. Small scale farmhouse cheese makers that…

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Father's Day Cheese Gift

Get your dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day

Dads are hard to buy for, and with Father’s Day approaching (Sunday 18th June) choosing just how to please them best is difficult.  But there is one thing that most…

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HRH Prince of Wales with Cheese

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to visit The Courtyard Dairy

This Wednesday, 22nd March, Andy and Kathy Swinscoe, owners of The Courtyard Dairy will be thrilled to welcome his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to their shop.  The Prince…

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Fruitcake paired with cheese – the origins and history

If you’ve heard that Northerners are apparently keen on a wedge of fruitcake to complement their cheese, you might be asking is it just a rumour, or is it a…

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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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Hafod Cheddar banner

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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