Posted: 27/11/2013

The Courtyard Dairy named Cheese Counter of the Year

Less than a year after opening, The Courtyard Dairy in Settle, Yorkshire, has been crowned Cheese Counter of the Year at the World Cheese Awards.

The specialist dairy shop, run by Andy and Kathy Swinscoe, saw off nine other finalists from 80 UK entries in the competition, which is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and sponsored by Le Gruyère AOP.

Judge and FFD news editor Patrick McGuigan said the retailer was a an example of a small store doing great things.

“Andy and Kathy Swinscoe may only have opened the shop last year but it’s truly inspirational – the shop looks terrific,” he said. “It is temperature controlled, which means that the cheeses can be displayed in the open and it’s great for immediate impact.”

Other aspects that impressed the judges were Andy Swinscoe’s cheese map and photos of cheese-makers at work on the walls of the shop.

Swinscoe has visited and made cheese with the majority of his suppliers, which has allowed him to source the very best of each producer’s batch.

His CV also includes working for Paxton & Whitfield, a degree in culinary arts & hospitality and several cheese maturing qualifications.

Expert judges, who assessed areas such as product range, knowledge, training and display, visited all 10 of the shortlisted finalists before the outcome was revealed at this year’s World Cheese Awards.

The runner-up was last year’s winner Paxton & Whitfield’s flagship store on London’s Jermyn Street while The Cheese Plate in Buntingford, Herts, claimed third spot.

The other seven were: Arcadia Deli (Belfast), Arch House Deli (Bristol), Cheddar Deli (Ealing, London), The Cheese Society (Lincoln)Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool) Gonalston Farm Shop (Nottinghamshire) and Umami Delicatessen (Wantage, Oxfordshire).

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