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Matching Beer and Cheeae

Cheese and Beer Matching – by John Kelly of Kirkstall Brewery

How do you match beers with cheese? Does it really work? And is beer as good as, or better than, wine or port with cheese? There are certainly particular styles…

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Cheese carving model

Cheese Carving

In order to keep staff entertained during the Coronavirus pandemic, The Courtyard Dairy found some old ‘rejected’ cheeses (flavour profile was not good at all!) and challenged the staff to…

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Chorizo Raclette Recipe

Chorizo Raclette Gratin

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 large onion, sliced 1 clove garlic Leaves from a large sprig thyme 12 new potatoes, cooked and sliced into rounds (5mm) 18 slices chorizo (3mm) 12…

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A visit to Stonebeck cheese – by chief cheesemonger Anna!

In October 2020 chief cheesemonger Anna went to visit Stonebeck cheese.  Here she recounts her journey and explains what helps make the cheese so special. A few of the Courtyard…

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Matching wine to cheese

Cheese and Wine Matching – by Head Sommelier Ben Robinson of Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

What should I be drinking with my cheese?  It’s the age-old question whenever the cheese board is pulled out… Well, with two Michelin stars, five AA Rosettes and many other…

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Cheesemkaers say thank you

A big heartfelt thank you from the cheese-makers

When you buy farmhouse cheese you are supporting the farmer and his/her family. Shown below are just a few of the families and individuals you have supported and are continuing…

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Farm Made Raw Milk Cheese

Six reasons why we all should support British farmhouse cheese.

Farmhouse cheese is tasty – raw milk, heritage breeds, traditional grasses, pasture feeding, and slow, ancient cheese-making techniques quite simply make for unbeatable flavour. Continuing support of farm-made cheese is…

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Supporting ‘Send A Cow’ – helping feed Africa through dairy cows….

Cheese shop The Courtyard Dairy near Settle has teamed up with the charity ‘Send a Cow’ to celebrate ‘Februdairy’. For every new three-month subscription to The Courtyard Dairy’s popular monthly…

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Can you eat mould on cheese

Can I eat the mould on my cheese? Mould on Cheese – your questions answered.

After years of buying food that has been processed, neatly wrapped, sealed, and is bright and clean, people have become afraid of mould. But cheese and mould have been best…

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Shopping Local Economic Impact

40p in every £1 stays within 40 miles – Where your money goes when you spend with The Courtyard Dairy.

After seeing a diagram produced by an American farmstead cheese-maker showing how much of their turnover went back into their community I thought we’d do a similar analysis at The…

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Tommy Banks Saturday Kitchen Cheese Recipe Botton

Summer Field Alpine pesto, served with courgette stalk pasta, by Tommy Banks, The Black Swan at Oldstead

Tommy Banks, from The Black Swan at Oldstead, featured this recipe on Saturday Kitchen using home-grown courgette stalks and Summer Field cheese. Serves 2 Ingredients 6 courgette stalks approx. 50cm…

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Hebden Goat Cheese Recipe

Tomato consommé with Hebden Goat cheese gnocchi by Tom Parker, The White Swan at Fence

Tom Parker, head-chef and joint owner of Michelin-starred White Swan at Fence, uses Hebden Goat cheese and season-fresh tomatoes in this amazing dish. Serves 5 Ingredients: Consommé 20 ripe tomatoes…

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