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Corleggy Cheeses

The 1980s pioneer in Irish artisan cheese – a visit to Corleggy Cheeses

Hidden amongst the forest and lakes on the border between Northern and Southern Ireland is an idyllic small cottage.  Here lies a truly inspirational cheese-maker; one of the pioneers of…

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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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Yorkshire Post Cheese Shop

Meet the Yorkshire couple who have set up a cheese museum – The Yorkshire Post

Clipping from The Yorkshire Post (August 2017) on The Courtyard Dairy.  Click here to read the full article.

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Sam visits Botton Village to make Alpine-style Summer Field

A year ago, cheesemonger Sam went out to Botton Village to make Summer Field Alpine cheese. Here’s the story of his visit, learning about Botton Village’s unique way of farming…

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Dorstone Cheese

Watch Dorstone and Finn being made…

Charlie Westhead was one of the pioneers in artisan cheesemaking in the UK. This short video tells the story of his cheesemaking business and his famous cheeses: Ragstone, Dorstone and…

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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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Bartlett Brother Cheesemakers

An Interview with the Bartlett Brothers – sheep farmers and cheese-makers at Wootton Dairy

Proper West-Country boys, James and Dave make sheep’s milk cheese on their farm near Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Spring is when they are working at their peak: the lambing and…

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How to make cheese

How is cheese made? A basic outline.

How to make cheese? The transformation of milk into cheese is one of the brilliant achievements of humankind. It enables us to take a product that spoils fast at ambient…

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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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