Neal's Yard Dairy select, mature and sell farmhouse cheese from the UK and Ireland. We work with about 40 cheesemakers. We visit them regularly to taste their cheese with them and select the batches we want to mature and sell.
Amongst the cheeses we select there is a great deal of variability. Cheese can change hugely, depending on how it is treated. We have a range of temperature and humidity controlled maturation facilities at our warehouse in London, run by a team who are dedicated to ensuring that we sell our cheese at its best. As the cheese is maturing we continue to taste through the stock to ensure we are aware of how it is developing over time.
When the cheese is ready our attention turns to directing the right cheese into the hands of the right customer. We have three cheese shops in London, an online shop, we are a regular sight at events around the country and have a UK and international wholesale trade.
Flavour drives how we sell cheese. We have learnt that different palates and markets have different tastes. When you buy cheese from us, whether you are buying on behalf of a food hall or for a family meal, we encourage you to have a taste of some cheese with our cheesemongers and tell us what you think. Your feedback is invaluable to us and the cheesemakers we work with.
The essence of what we do has changed very little since our founding director Randolph Hodgson began seeking out farmhouse cheesemakers to supply our first shop in the early 1980’s. We believe that the time and energy we invest in understanding cheesemaking, selection and maturation gives us the necessary experience to source much of the best cheese available in the UK and Ireland.
Watch this short film to find out more about us. It follows the production of three different raw milk British cheeses, from grass roots to shop counter. By interweaving the process of three different cheesemakers, Jamie Montgomery, Mary Holbrook and Martin Gott, the film gives an impression of the uniqueness of each recipe as well as the intensive labour and care that goes into making them.