The Courtyard Dairy in Settle wins Best New Cheese Retailer award

PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 October 2013

Andy Swinscoe and partner Kathy at award winning The Courtyard Dairy, Settle

Andy Swinscoe and partner Kathy at award winning The Courtyard Dairy, Settle


It hasn’t taken long for the new Yorkshire Dales food shop to win its first national award

The Courtyard Dairy, which opened less than a year ago in the Yorkshire Dales has been awarded Best New Cheese Retailer at the prestigious annual British Cheese Awards. Judges said they were particularly impressed by the way The Courtyard Dairy in Settle showcased unique small farmhouse cheese-makers in Britain, and the depth of its dedication to supplying only the highest-quality cheese in perfect condition.

The Courtyard Dairy’s young managing partner, Andy Swinscoe, who is also their principle ‘affineur’ (cheese-refiner) said: ‘We aim to provide the public with a range of cheese that recognises the skill of the independent cheese-makers in Britain, and showcases the amazing quality and diversity that is available today.’

He set up The Courtyard Dairy only last December with his partner, Kathy, and the business has since gone from strength to strength, supplying not only direct to the public through the shop and online, but also to top-class restaurants throughout the north of England. Andy visits each cheese-maker regularly and spends time working alongside them: ‘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 Hervé 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 stocked by The Courtyard Dairy is Tunworth, which was awarded Supreme Champion at the awards ceremony. ‘I congratulate Tunworth on this outstanding and very well-deserved achievement,’ added Andy, ‘We are excited to work with such excellent cheese-makers, and to be able to stock some of the very best cheeses that Britain has to offer. The Courtyard Dairy is only a small shop, but winning the Best New Cheese Retailer award will help to ensure that it has a big future.’

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