Lessons Learned at Nantwich

Take a small stool or chair!  By the end of the two full days, my feet were like blown up rubber gloves: I am not used to being on my feet for that long.  The Cornish Cheese Company had a long, thick piece of rubber matting that cushioned the feet, although I kept tripping up over it. I think we need to …

Of all the People in All the World!

Someone said that there were 42,000 visitors to the show, which at £18 a head per adult is quite some revenue……and an awful lot of people. We had one visitor who completely surprised me – an old London based friend of my father’s (who lives in Portugal), whom I met at one of my father’s birthday parties in Portugal: Lenny, …

The Calm Before the Storm

This is how we left our stand on the Tuesday night after having had a really successful day, chatting with customers, existing, new and potential.  Our task for first thing, the next day, was to cut open some cheese for samples. My goodness….let’s not forget, we have never done a show before, so we really didn’t know what to expect. …

Our Friend John the Slim Cheese Maker

I wasn’t expecting to see our friend John, the cheese maker, but it was a nice surprise to see him and catch up.  He stayed a little while on our stand, which was nice.  John is a very well known cheese maker and we are proud to be friends with him. And he has lost a lot of weight, which …

Our Friend Sean Wilson

Sean’s stand was just two away from ours, so it was nice of him to pop by to say hello.  Sean’s Saddleworth cheese was doing a roaring trade with his four cheeses: Smelly Apeth, Muldoon’s Picnic, How’s Yer Father and Mouth Almighty. Customers were queuing round the corner to meet him and buy his cheese. We felt a little sorry for the …

Meeting Tom Biggins at Nantwich Show

Tom is a lovely chap with a very distinctive voice.  I heard the voice before I saw the person and immediately knew it was Tom.  He came across his friends Fowlers, our neighbours before coming to see us. Tom runs Westry Roberts, a cheese wholesaler in Whitchurch, Shropshire and it was a pleasure to meet with him face to face, at long last, …

Meeting Adrian and Annette Rhodes from Carron Lodge

We have a good relationship with Carron Lodge where we buy some cheese making supplies from them and they stock a wide range of our cheese. By my reckoning, Carron Lodge must be the third largest cheese wholesaler in the UK: they really are going places.  I know the guys there work incredibly hard.  We also met Claire, Adrians’ lieutenant for …

Meeting Carole from the Chester Cheese Shop at Nantwich

Carole has been one of our long time customers and has recently been taking a lot of our award winning natural rinded goat cheese – the cheese that won 2 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards and a second prize at the Yorkshire Show. Carole really does know her cheese, so much so that she is a judge at …

Meeting Our friends Nick and Laura from Dewlay

Dewlay were one of the first friends we made in the cheese world.  They are not only a thoroughly nice bunch, but they make fabulous, award winning cheese.  Lancashire based Dewlay make Garstang Blue (yum!) and Lancashire cheese. My sincere apologies to Nick for not recognising him, I am still smarting from that one!  I haven’t seen Nick in ages, …