Yorkshire Times
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Andy Swinscoe
Cheese Correspondent
7:01 PM 23rd March 2024

Settle Cheese Shop Rated Best In The UK

The Courtyard Dairy in Settle was rated the very best cheese shop in the UK last weekend by The Sunday Times.

James Spence, head cheesemonger
James Spence, head cheesemonger
Against stiff competition from the Home Counties, London, Scotland, Wales and the rest of the North; The Courtyard Dairy held it's head high to come out No. 1; with The Sunday Times heralding it as "brilliant place to seek out lesser-known cheeses, with most coming from small farms".

Owner Kathy Swinscoe was thrilled and said:
"We've put our heart and soul into this business so it's great to see that recognised. It's also such a tribute to see that this style of local independent shops and small scale food producers is still so valued and supported. I'm proud of what we achieve here everyday to rejuvenate artisan cheese."

The Courtyard Dairy was set up in 2012 by Andy & Kathy Swinscoe, who after a long career working in cheese in London, Bath and France settled in Craven and set-up their own venture. Seeking to champion small independently family farms making cheese, they mature cheese on site and have helped restore traditional cheesemaking to the area. Winners of numerous awards over the years for their dedication to quality and supporting the local farming economy, this latest Sunday Times accolade came as a great surprise.

Andy added:
"It was such a thrill to open the paper to it - it is thanks to all whole team who work here everyday telling that story and selling cheese in great condition - the award belongs to all of team here, the farmers we work with - and also those loyal customers who support us and allow farm made cheese to keep going."