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Cheese Wedding Cakes – how do you choose the right one for you?

For those of you wanting to buy a cheese wedding cake to help you celebrate your special day, you’ll want to choose cheeses that are important to you and are…

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Old Winchester: read the tale of a modern British cheese

One cheese-making course and 11 years of hard work have enabled Mike and Judy Smales (of Lyburn Farmhouse) to create one the finest modern British Cheeses around: Old Winchester.

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Sparkenhoe Red Leicester cheesy dums – cheese-maker David Clarke’s recipe

Cheese-maker David Clarke of Leicestershire Handmade Cheese has a favourite way to cook his creation that is Sparkenhoe red Leicester and use up leftover mash.

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The history of heart shaped cheese – St. Valentine’s and Neufchatel cheese

Contrary to popular belief, heart-shaped cheeses are not a recent invention for the Valentine’s Day bandwagon, but originated over 500 years ago. 

To read the story of heart-shaped cheeses, click below….

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Running a cheese-shop … for dummies. (4/4)

Part four –  the first few weeks..

Part four of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (3/4)

Part three – chilling it down.

Part three of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created. Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (2/4)

Part two – getting it open.

Part two of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (1/4)

Part One – choosing the right place for a cheese shop.

Part one of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Previous cheese tastings

Click below for details of the previous cheese tastings at The Courtyard Dairy.

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Experienced Swinscoe sets up in North Yorkshire – Fine Food Digest

Clipping from The Fine Food Digest (Jan 2013) on the creation of The Courtyard Dairy.

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Humphrey Errington, Lanark Blue and the great cheese battle…

The story of Humprhey Errington and how Lanark Blue came to be, and their trials and tribulations along the way!

During a bleak time for Scottish cheese making, Humphrey Errington decided…

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The story of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Red Leicester actually made in Leicestershire!

Close to the edge of Leicestershire (barely a mile inside) is Sparkenhoe Farm, near Hinckley. Hinckley, with its clay loam underfoot, is the traditional red-Leicester area. And it was here…

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