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Supplier Spotlight: The Courtyard Dairy, Settle

Here at The Coniston Hotel, we are passionate about supporting the best of Yorkshire produce, as well as championing some of the fantastic small businesses that we have on our doorstep.

In our supplier spotlight blog series, we’ll be showcasing some of our amazing suppliers and up first we have The Courtyard Dairy in Settle.


The award-winning Courtyard Dairy is owned by cheese enthusiasts, Andy and Kathy Swinscoe, who select only the best cheeses from small farms across the UK and beyond. Their knowledge and expertise are undisputable and they have been providing us with the delicious cheeses for our cheese selection in our 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Macleod’s, for over 4 years.

In addition to the team’s cheese knowledge, one of the key reasons that we use The Courtyard Dairy is the specially designed maturing process that the cheese goes through. Once they have selected the cheeses from the farm, they don’t just get locked away in a cold store. The shop is specially equipped to mature the cheese and heighten its flavour. This means that their incredible selection of cheeses is at its absolute best when it arrives here at The Coniston Hotel.

So, what’s on our cheeseboard?

We have worked with Andy very closely over the years to ensure that we have an unbeatable selection of cheeses available. We currently have 10 different kinds of cheese on the menu in Macleod’s, and here are a few of our top choices….


This delicious Gouda-style cheese is made in Galway and uses rich goats’ milk, giving it a sweet and floral taste with a supple texture. At The Courtyard Dairy Killeen is now aged to 11 months, when all the richness and mellow yet deep flavours come out.


This English camembert is good enough to turn a Frenchmen’s head! By only selecting Tunworth’s that are more wrinkled, Andy and Kathy can guarantee the intense porcini flavour that makes this already brilliant cheese simply outstanding.

Cote Hill Blue

Britain’s first unpasteurised soft, rich creamy blue. This cheese, which is made in Lincolnshire, is given a distinctive and unusual taste by the quality of the unpasteurised milk used. An absolute favourite in Macleod’s!

And what better way to enjoy your cheeseboard than with a well-matched glass of port! In our next blog, we’ll be showcasing our wonderful wine supplier The Wright Company in Skipton, so keep an eye out.