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First all-Welsh cheesemonger in the country to open this weekend

By Kathryn Williams

A Welsh cheese wholesaler who creates huge cheese advent calendars at Christmas is opening its first bricks and mortar shop this weekend, becoming the first 100% Welsh cheesemonger in the UK. The Welsh Cheese Company curates the finest artisan cheeses that Wales has to offer, and for the past four and a half years it has been delivering cheese hampers, gift boxes and cheese wedding cakes to customers all over the UK.

Their brand-new shop, which will be found in Taff's Well, will act as a one-stop shop for anyone looking for the best of the Welsh cheese scene, showcasing some of the best cheesemakers in the country including Caws Cenarth, Caws Teifi, Pant Mawr Cheeses, The Snowdonia Cheese Company, Brooke’s Dairy and Y Cwt Caws.

Based on the same industrial estate as The Welsh Cheese Co warehouse – where hundreds of cheese hampers are packed up and sent out every week – the new 400 sq ft shop will stock up to 70 Welsh favourites; from creamy soft cheeses that would rival any French Brie, to punchy, crowd-pleasing Cheddars and lip-smacking blues.

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The shop is in Taff's Well (The Welsh Cheese Company)

The shop will also sell a handpicked range of crackers and accompaniments, with a fresh counter offering up to 20 cheeses for customers to try before they buy. The Welsh Cheese Company founder Tom Pinder said: “Our mission has always been to celebrate and champion the delicious Welsh cheeses being made by artisans all over Wales; we have so many talented Welsh cheese producers that are sometimes overlooked.

"We’ve had the idea to open a proper shop in our heads for so long, and even though we’ve never advertised our warehouse space to the public, we often have people driving up to see us and ask for recommendations - it was a bit sad that we didn’t have somewhere for them to browse our selection properly. Well, we do now.”

During the coming weeks and months, Tom intends to secure an alcohol licence so that he can begin selling Welsh wines, beers and ciders to pair with the cheese. There are also plans for small tasting events and private functions to be held at the new space.

It is hoped there will be wine and cheese tastings (The Welsh Cheese Company)

The Welsh Cheese Company Shop will open from Friday, May 13. Opening hours are 10am-4pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

You can find The Welsh Cheese Co at Moy Road Industrial Estate, Taff's Well, Cardiff CF15 7QR.

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