Cheese Musings & Tips


Hafod Cheese Nick Millard

Farming at Hafod Cheese – a year in review, as told by herdsman Nick Millard

The farm began 2017 under a substantial cloud of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB). Unfortunately we had a quite terrible test result just before Christmas 2016 and were counting down the days…

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Barry Graham Loch Athur Cheese

Barry Graham of Loch Arthur – one of the pioneers of the British Cheese revival

Farmhouse British cheese has seen an enormous revival in recent years with brand new Bries, blues and brilliant bloomy goats’ cheeses. But things were not always thus; for many years…

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Martin Gott St James Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 3: Martin Gott on ‘Natural’ Cheesemaking

An in-depth video interview with Martin Gott, maker of St James Cheese and one of Britain’s foremost cheese-makers. In this 50-minute podcast, Andy & Kathy of The Courtyard Dairy chat…

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Low Riggs Farm - Stonebeck Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 2: Andrew Hattan on Upland Farming in The Dales

Andrew Hattan, of Low Riggs Farm in Nidderdale, who makes Stonebeck Cheese talks to Andy of The Courtyard Dairy.  In this hour-long podcast and video Andrew talks on his experiences…

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Graham Kirkham Lancashire Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 1: Graham Kirkham on Tradition

Graham Kirkham talks about what tradition means to him and for his farm in this 50-minute podcast or video. This interview with Andy & Kathy explores British farmhouse cheese in…

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Grass fed cheese, meat and dairy – What is it and who does it?

Take a glance at many supermarket cheese or milk labels and you’ll often see a picture of a happy cow in a field. The reality is very different, however, because…

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Cheese gifts for Father’s Day

Here are Kathy’s and Andy’s favourite cheese gifts and gift selections for this coming Father’s Day.

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Mikes Fancy Cheese Co

An Interview with Mike Thomson: creator of Young Buck Blue

A brief synopsis of your business and career? I run Mike’s Fancy Cheese and we make a raw-milk blue cheese called Young Buck, here in Newtownards. We have been making…

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Cheese Centre Experience

The Courtyard Dairy’s New Venture….

No doubt a few of you will know already about The Courtyard Dairy’s purchase of the former Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre on the A65 near Settle.  The plan is for…

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Cheese Air Freshner

Yorkshire Business Develops New Cheese Air Freshener

Owners of The Courtyard Dairy in Settle have developed a brand-new ‘air freshener’ that gives off a cheesy whiff!  The device is incorporated into a simple 13A plug that can…

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Prince Charles Royal Visit Cheese

HRH The Prince of Wales visits The Courtyard Dairy

Last Wednesday, 22nd March, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales called in to sample the cheeses at The Courtyard Dairy. Andy and Kathy Swinscoe were thrilled that His Royal…

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Raw Milk Appreciation Day

Raw Milk Appreciation Day (22nd April 2017)

Once 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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