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The Courtyard Dairy

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:30
Open today: 09:30 - 17:30
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This is a pure gem. The staff are friendly as soon as you walk through the door and all go the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda H
A gem

Found this little place by accident. I was impressed by the friendliness of all the staff who let... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
York, United Kingdom
via mobile
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  • Very good8%
  • Average0%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“raclette”(17 reviews)
“cheese making”(15 reviews)
“love cheese”(12 reviews)
The Courtyard Dairy was created with the ethos to sell only the best cheese available from the British Isles by Andy and Kathy Swinscoe who spent many years working for some of the best cheesemongers in France, London and the South West. Setting up...more
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Crow Nest Barn | Crow Nest Rd,, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Settle LA2 8AS, England
+44 1729 823291
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Driving past on a bit of a jaunt and saw this place and decided to pull over to have a nosy. So glad we did, excellent place. Wine shop along with a cheese shop where they allow you to try before you buy, we got...More

3  Thank CatherineG78
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We visited here in mid December, both my wife and I are cheese fans, however when you enter the dairy you are attacked with a barrage of over selling, you are made to feel guilty if you do not buy something. In the cafe we...More

2  Thank davidjackson50
Andy S, Owner at The Courtyard Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Hi David I am really sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We try and give out lots of free samples when people come into the shop to encourage people to taste our cheeses and know about them. One thing I do try and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a pure gem. The staff are friendly as soon as you walk through the door and all go the extra mile. The cafe is small but they operate a waiting list system and you can look around the museum or try & by...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Found this little place by accident. I was impressed by the friendliness of all the staff who let us try each cheese, they were so informative and helpful. Ate at the cafe upstairs which was just gorgeous. Who’d have thought cauliflower soup could taste so...More

Thank Debido66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much choice of cheese and wine, so friendly and helpful. Really lovely setting - no time for a visit to the cafe but we will be back

1  Thank car0line441
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This shop KNOWS about cheese, from where it’s produced, how it’s produced, how to keep it, what it tastes like, everything. The staff are so friendly, giving the customer tastings of everything available to make sure that what you buy is what suits your palette....More

Thank CumbrianFellwalker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are places you must go to experience for yourself. This is one of them. It’s not just the friendly atmosphere (always happy to see you). It’s not just the attention to detail, knowledge and passion (they take staff training very seriously and are absolute...More

Thank purvism
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended this place when a friend found out about our love of cheese! We went for lunch with the intention of buying cheese on the way out. On entering the premises, we were 'ambushed' by one of the shop assistants who immediately started...More

1  Thank Bronte_Sister
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Courtyard Dairy is worth driving a long way to visit. The Café serves wonderful food and the Cheese shop has to be seen to be believed. The range of handmade farmhouse cheeses would not seem out of place in rural France, but this in...More

2  Thank Giggleswick
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We travelled 50 minutes from Lancaster to visit the court yard dairy especially. We were not disappointed as we are cheese lovers. We were greeted with samples as soon as we got in. This is real Farmhouse cheese not processed. It’s lovingly matured on site....More

Thank fromagegirl
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Was staying locally and had passed on previous day so popped back. Was only there briefly but the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, we came away with his n hers purchases!

Thank susiem1974
Reviewed 1 October 2018

I highly recommend their delicous cheese; they have a range of rare, and high quality small farm speciality cheeses. Their cafe serves delicious food. Try the raclette, it is a great treat. We bought some of the raclette cheese to take home, amongst other cheeses.....More

Thank Ilkley614
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Tracey C
24 September 2018|
Response from Andy S | Property representative |
Yes, to the cafe only. Just pop your head in when you arrive and we'll show you where to go.