News & Events THE CHEESE SHOP CELEBRATES FIFTEEN YEARS IN BUSINESS
The shop is owned by brothers Rob and Webb Freckingham. Before opening the Cheese Shop Rob was a farmer and Webb was a chef . But then in 2004, the duo decided that it was time for a change in career so combined their skills and experience by going into business together.
Originally in a smaller unit in the arcade, when a larger unit became available in 2012 they decided to move into it and open a café too which has become popular for a coffee stop and lunch.
The Cheese Shop has a reputation for supplying the best local, national and international produce available on the market and having knowledgeable and friendly staff.
They stock over 200 different British artisan cheeses including local blues from Colston Bassett and Cropwell Butler; Skegness Blue; Stinking Bishop; Pennard Ridge Red goats cheese from Somerset which they collect themselves from the farm gate as well as other goats cheeses and a selection of sheep and buffalo cheeses. They also sell olives, oils, pasta, pickles as well as delicacies for those with a sweet tooth. They have a great range of local beers, wines and gins too.
In addition they supply cheese to some notable restaurants both locally and nationally. These include Michelin star Sat Bains as well as Alchemilla in Nottingham; Michelin star Ynyshir in Wales and up and coming Restaurant 22 in Cambridge.
Over the years the Cheese Shop has won a number of awards, taking third place in the World Cheese Awards in 2017 and winning the best deli café category in the Nottingham Post food and drink awards in 2016.
Pop into the Cheese Shop and you are sure to find Rob and Webb at the counter.
When asked about what differentiates the Cheese Shop from other businesses, some of the highlights over the last fifteen years and their future plans this is what they had to say.
Webb said: “Collecting cheese at the farm gate makes us unique as does the huge range of cheese and other products that we have, together with the fact that Rob and I are always here. “
“In addition to winning awards, one of the highlights has to be when we helped to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Nottingham Great Cheese Riot in 2016. Rob and myself, along with The Lord Major of Nottingham, retraced the steps of those involved in the riot, re-enacting the rolling of cheeses down Peck Street which runs alongside the arcade. Then more recently, gaining national recognition when our Christmas cheese board was featured in the Guardian last Christmas, was a particular highlight.”
And so to the future.
Rob said: “We plan to continue to support British cheese makers and farmers by expanding the range of cheeses that we currently stock. We would also like to continue to grow the business whilst still ensuring that we are still very much hands on. People like to see the same people behind the counter so you build a relationship with them. In our opinion, providing the personal touch and making people smile and feel special is key to the success of our business.”
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