The Courtyard Dairy is a unique, specialist cheese-shop and cheese-maturer, owned and operated by Andy and Kathy Swinscoe. In 2017 the shop expanded into new premises and at the same time a museum telling the history and story of farmhouse cheese, a café serving cheese-based dishes (and, of course, coffee!), and a cheese production room were added, alongside plenty of free on-site parking.
The shop itself has become a renowned destination shop, where regulars and visitors alike enjoy the opportunity to sample and purchase some of the finest cheese to be found in Europe, whilst benefiting from Andy and Kathy’s comprehensive and entertaining cheese knowledge. Get directions to the shop, cafe and museum here.
Since The Courtyard Dairy’s opening in 2012, owners Kathy and Andy have won many awards and helped to promote British cheese in a multitude of ways. Read about some of their many awards (including 2013 World Cheese Awards Cheesemonger of the Year) and view their press articles below and here on the press clippings page.
The Courtyard Dairy was created with the ethos to sell only the best cheese available from the British Isles and the Continent of Europe; and by doing so, to champion and support the few remaining independent farmhouse cheese-makers: real great farmhouse British cheese. These small individual farmers still make the cheese by hand with unpasteurised milk from their own herds, in order to get the best depth of flavour. Each cheese is then aged to perfection in The Courtyard Dairy’s maturing cheese room near Settle.
'Retailer of The Year' and 'Cheesemonger of the Year' (Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020)
'Best Cheese Shop' Guild Fine Food Awards 2020
Best Food Retailer - Finalist (BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards 2014)