The Courtyard Dairy (Settle) won Best British New Cheese Shop at the British Cheese Awards! And it is also nominated for Yorkshire Food Destination of the year (Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards).
To celebrate and to say thanks to all the Homage2Fromage members who’ve supported us we are giving away a free 1/2 Tunworth (which won Supreme Champion Cheese at the same awards!) Homage 2 Fromage members. Just bring along your membership card and spend a minimum of £12 on cheese (offer valid until 31st October).
Brilliant new inventions...Cheese that has been created this year
Thanks in many respects to a scientific background in biochemistry, Paul Thomas has quickly become one of Britain's best cheese-makers. He is currently head-cheese-maker at Lyburn Farmhouse, where Old Winchester is made. However, he and his partner Hannah Roche (who worked with him at Mellis' Cheesemongers in Edinburgh and as a cheese-maker in the US) have recently decided to branch out. The pair are developing two unique cheeses using unpasteurised milk from a nearby farm (Wallops Wood Dairy in Hampshire). Their first development - Little Anne - is a small (40g) lactic cheese that is yeasty and fresh. Watch this space (it’ll be with us mid October)....
Jonathan and Dulcie Crickmore have been dairy farmers all their lives at Fen Farm Dairy in Norfolk. But falling milk prices prompted them to diversify into cheese making. Seeing a gap in the market for a large (3kg) unpasteurised brie (similar to Brie de Meaux) they started to develop Baron Bigod. They started by purchasing a herd of French Montbéliarde cows to provide the rich milk needed to satisfy their newly acquired cheese-making skills. The cheese development has been in full swing since January - so watch this space! The first batches arrive to The Courtyard Dairy on Monday!
Cais na Tire
From one of Andy and Kathy's favourite cheese-makers, Marion Roeleveld, comes Cais na Tire from Ireland. Sheep’s milk from a farm 10-miles away that only has 42 sheep Marion only makes 12 of these wheels a week. They are only sold in The Courtyard Dairy and Sheridan's famous cheese shop in Dublin. The first wheel was split two weeks ago and is sweet, caramelised and toasty!