Local food - The Cheese Shop, Chester
PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 April 2017
Putting the spotlight on retailers whose business is an important part of community life
Walking down Northgate Street in Chester, there are few people who can resist stepping through the doors of The Cheese Shop. The window and counters of this traditional shop are stuffed with everything from blue veined to golden cheddar. It’s not just a shop, it’s a tourist attraction.
It was founded by owner Carole Faulkner 34 year sago. The farmer’s daughter – who made cheese during her childhood – started the business after she struggled to find good quality cheeses for her former restaurant, Bluebell, located over the road.
Over the past three decades The Cheese Shop has become an institution offering cheese from around the world on its counter. However, local producers are celebrated with many cheeses made in Cheshire available including HS Bourne’s in Malpas and Burt’s Cheese in Knutsford. They also supply restaurants in the city including Joseph Benjamin, Chef’s Table and her former Bluebell business, as well as Wild Goose in Dodleston.
‘It is important to me that we use local produce and it’s something I’m proud of,’ said Carole, who also ran restaurants in the Conwy Valley and Llandudno. ‘I like having that local connection.
‘I love the customers too. There are people who have been coming in here since the day I opened. And now they come in with their own children who I’ve seen grown up. The staff are a close team too. It’s like one big family.’