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Sweet smell of success for new cheese shop
4:38pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Farming
A SMALL North Yorkshire cheese shop has won a national award.
The Courtyard Dairy, which opened last December on the A65 near Settle, was named Best New Cheese Retailer at the annual British Cheese Awards in Oxfordshire.
The judges were particularly impressed by the way it showcases small farmhouse cheese-makers from Britain, and the depth of its dedication to supplying only the highest-quality cheese – only in perfect condition.
Andy Swinscoe, managing partner, said: “We aim to provide the public with a range of cheeses that recognises the skill of the independent cheese-makers in Britain, and showcases the amazing quality and diversity that is available today,” he said.
He opened the business with Kathy, his partner, in December last year and the business has gone from strength to strength. They sell direct to the public through the shop and online, and also list top-class restaurants throughout the North of England as customers.
Mr Swinscoe visits each cheese-maker regularly and spends time working alongside them.
He said: “I need to ensure that I fully understand the nature of each cheese, so that I can use the skills I acquired as a student of Herve Mons in France to further age and mature the cheese. That way, every cheese we sell will have a flavour that is delicious, special and unique.”
One of the cheeses he stocks is Tunworth, which was awarded Supreme Champion at the awards.
Mr Swinscoe, originally from Appleby-in- Westmorland, graduated from Sheffield University with a first class honours degree in culinary arts and hospitality.
He received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to study for six months in France under the watchful eye of Herve Mons, widelyregarded as the finest cheese maturer in France.
He then joined The Fine Cheese Company in Bath as quality manager and, after two years, decided to open his own business offering the best artisan cheeses he had discovered in France and the UK. “I want to sell a unique range of only the best cheeses available in Europe, and to become known as the best place to get the finest cheese,” he said.
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