Hail to the Chutneys!

We really have been hard at it.  In fact, I don’t even know how we find the time; Stu has been putting them on when he has been pasteurising and nipping through to stir whilst they get up to temperature.  It’s a team effort when it comes to ladling them out into hot, sterilised jars.  We have been making chutneys …

Latest Addition

Stu’s dog, Pip has become our mascot and has a Pip Palace with a play dog bone placed on top outside our premises .  She is temporarily in residence whilst her dog sitter is away on holiday but appears to love being with us.  Stu says that now she waits patiently by the door as he gets ready for work, …

Sales of Ribblesdale Original Goat to Booths Increased by 27%

I would love to sell more cheese to Booths, (one day, one day…) but we are proud to be a supplier of our Original Goat, which you can find on their deli counter.  When the buyer first tried this, he described it as being a perfect cheese for all the family, and children would love it…that it was crumbly and …

Visit to H&B Worcester

A big thank you to Tim (who drove) and Luke, Les and all the guys at H&B Worcester for their kind hospitality.  It was a long drive there from the grey and cold climes of North Yorkshire, but really worth it. I went to do a cheese tasting, to show H&B the 11 of the 15 cheeses that we make ourselves, …

Annual Trading Standard’s Visit

Of all the official visits we get, I have to say that this is my least favourite.  It would be nice if Trading Standards officers worked with us and had mutual respect like our EHO, rather than adopting a somewhat adversarial approach. Having said this, our new Trading Standards office was very pleasant and found nothing at all untoward and …

Visit to IFE

As I am sure you cheese addicts will know, IFE happens every other year.  I don’t know how it rates amongst the world’s largest cheese exhibitions, some say it is the largest, I don’t know, but it is HUGE!  It occupies almost all of one floor at Excel in Docklands. The first time I went to IFE was 2007, it took …

Our Annual EHO Visit

We like our EHO, Steve, who is very helpful and fair.  It was nice to see him again; we last had contact when I was preparing the HACCPs for our chutney making, so it had been a few months since we’d last spoken.  This time he bought his mate Graham with him.  The more the merrier – coffees all round!  …

April Cometh…BRC Time!

It was that time of year again – it goes so fast!  The annual BRC audit.  It was difficult this year, after our burglary where our computers were stolen – all of our Quality Management files were on that, so if I needed to update or change any of the manual, it was a question of having to completely re-write …

Two of Our Friends Are Unwell

Two of our friends are not well. The first is Val, Stu’s mum who has a long stay ahead of her in hospital after a successful operation.  Val, our best wishes are with you and we wish you a speedy recovery. Our second friend is Bob Kitchin, owner of Leagram’ Dairy.  Bob has helped us in the past and is …

Apologies

I am so sorry – it has been a long time since I blogged.  I would be fibbing if I said that the burglary hadn’t knocked us all for six and I have still yet to catch up on all of the missing data on the computers that were stolen. And then Easter happened and all those crazy bank holidays.  …