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Award winning cheese from Tetbury Gloucestershire
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This award-winning family business has been supplying good cheeses since 1982. We specialise in the very best farm-made cheeses as opposed to the factory-produced characterless imitations so often seen in supermarkets. Our retail shop stocks about 120 types of cheese and a selection of the best of them appears on this website together with some of our other goodies. Because our overheads in the Cotswolds are relatively low we think you will agree that our prices reflect this when compared, for instance, to London retailers. In addition to our competitive prices we offer next day postage for any weight of order at a subsidised cost.

We have a tiny shop in Tetbury that is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. In 1993 it was voted overall UK winner of the Retail Cheese awards sponsored by 'The Grocer' and 'Dairy Crest'. Our reputation for quality and choice is well known in the area. We held H.R.H. The Prince of Wales' Royal Warrant for twenty years.

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A clip of Jenny talking about our business in 2008

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"On the Street where we live" - our photograhic tribute to Tetbury

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some feedback ...

"Dear House of Cheese - Just a quick note to thank you for what was an exceptional selection of cheese, all in perfect condition. Thank you very much again. They really were exceptional. I'll be ordering again soon, and others who enjoyed your cheese so much have your details to place orders themselves. Kind regards, Richard"

"I have not had the opportunity since last Christmas to thank you and the House of Cheese for simply the best cheeseboard we have ever enjoyed! All the cheeses we ordered were delivered in perfect condition and were absolutely superb! With thanks and best regards, Edward".

"Would just like to say, Thank you. We received our cheese today as stated in our order confirmation. What a wonderful selection, we can't wait to get stuck in! We will definately order from you again, a wonderful service from start to finish. Once again, Thanks so much. Yours sincerely, Joanne & Gillon"

"Just to say a huge thank you for the cheese order I had from you in May. It was for my wife's 60th birthday party and every item we had (and there were quite a number!) was absolutely 1st class. I have today sent you another order for a dinner party in July and would not consider buying my cheese anywhere else from now on Kind regards, Tom"

"You have been so kind and thoughtful regarding my purchase. Your organization has also made it a most special surprise for my husband. He just received the basket and he is so thrilled - cheese, port and pate are his most favourite things. He will moving to the USA soon and he will really miss UK items such as your cheese. I am so thrilled by how much he is raving about your products - he said they are the best he has ever had. Thank you again for everything - you are wonderful and your customer service is beyond compare and your product best in world. Katherine"

"Dear Philip - Thank you very much for your efficient and 'human' service !; I was very impressed and the parcel arrived this morning as promised. This has by far been the best online shopping experience I have ever had. I shall do as you suggested and wrap up your well-packed box as my wife's present. Many many thanks, A very satisfied customer, Perry"

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not just cheese ...

not just cheese ...

We don't only sell cheese! We also offer a selection of chutneys, pickles and biscuits to complement our cheeses. Pates and lots of non-food items at great prices complete our lineup.

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Rick Stein

Rick Stein

We're listed as a food hero in Rick Stein's book.

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Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Wedding and party cakes made with whole cheeses are now a growing part of our retail internet business.

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Import

We directly import French cheeses on a regular basis from the central Paris market, The Rungis.

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About The Company

We now get over 8 million hits a year on this website thanks to all our customers and visitors.

Established 1982. Internet WebShop 2000. We own the following domain names:

www.houseofcheese.co.uk

www.houseofcheese.eu

This is a long established family business run by the partners, Philip & Jenny Grant. Running our sort of business requires a heavy commitment of working hours and a love of the product, which our customers can take for granted. Specialists like us are under pressure from the powerful large retailers but, because top quality food is made in relatively small quantities compared to factory-produced food, we feel there will always be a demand from discerning consumers who want 'real' food.

We work hard all year but even cheesemongers need a break, so we usually take a holiday in January/February.

For a picture gallery of Tetbury, the market town in which we are based click here

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Environmental Policy

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STATEMENT

House of Cheese, a small family business, endeavours to operate wherever possible with regard to the environment, and to find ways of incorporating environmentally friendly procedures into its operation. We hope to bring the desirability of having an environmental policy to the attention of our suppliers and to those companies whose services we use, and we applaud the businesses, both large and small, who are making a contribution in this field.

We recognise that we, and our business, have a direct impact on the environment, as shown below, and undertake the following measures:

1. Shop/Home Energy Use - We live above our shop. This has several environmental benefits: use of space above commercial premises which would otherwise be wasted. We do not have a second home, with the extra energy consumption that this would entail.

2. Shop/Home Material and Water Use - We buy produce from local suppliers where possible. This currently includes a range of cheeses from a local farm (Godsells), and two ranges of chutneys (Kitchen Garden, and Mrs Massey).

All water consumption in the shop and in our home, is metered. The hot water and (in the winter) heating is on a timer, to operate for only a few hours a day (except in severe weather conditions). All WCs (home and shop use) have a water-saving short flush.

3. Shop/Home Transport Emissions - Because we live above our shop, we use no transport in travelling from our home to our shop. We do not make deliveries using our own commercial vehicle. Apart from the very busy month of December, we only despatch orders for our internet business three days a week, rather than four or five. We use Parcelforce Worldwide, who are strongly committed to many environmental policies in the operation of their business.

Due to the highly perishable nature of many of our products, most of our deliveries have to be made within 24 hours but, where possible, we will use a 48 hour service if parcels only contain non-perishable items.

4. Shop/Home Waste/Recycling - We aim to produce as little paper waste as possible by using a "paperless office." Where at all possible, we use e-mails rather than letters. We do not produce a printed catalogue, but refer customers to our website, which is our online "catalogue". Invoices are paid electronically, rather than using cheques and envelopes; invoices for our own products are not printed and posted, but are sent online.

Void packaging/insulation materials (biodegradable starch) for our internet business are obtained from Green Light Products.

All cardboard from shop use is either re-used, or sent for re-cycling. Our own cardboard boxes for our internet business are supplied from R H Fibreboard, who also use re-cycled products. We use paper carrier bags in our shop.

All glass, newspaper, and plastic bottles from our home use are re-cycled. Where possible, rubbish sacks are biodegradable.

We recognise that we have an indirect environmental impact through, for example, suppliers and those who provide services to us, and address these as follows:

1. Carbon emissions from Suppliers - Where possible we buy perishable supplies every three weeks, rather than weekly, to avoid unnecessary journeys by suppliers. We buy non-perishable supplies as infrequently as possible, sometimes purchasing up to a ton or more at one time.

2. Environmental standards of Suppliers - We are using several suppliers who have an environmental policy which is available to the public through their website. Two examples of these are:

The DRH Collection, from whom we buy accessories.

Kitchen Garden Preserves, from whom we buy chutneys.

The latter company operates from Stroud, Gloucestershire, so we are pleased to be able to support a business which is not only environmentally aware, but local.

3. Sourcing of raw materials - We have expanded our range of cheese-related accessories to include items such as boards made from Spanish olive wood; the trees used are no longer producing fruit, but trees are continually replanted to replace them. We also sell boards and knives crafted from re-cycled barrels obtained from the wine industry.

Signed: Philip Grant

Position: Partner

Date: 7th October 2010

Created: 7th October 2010

Reviewed: Annually

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The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall

A Royal Visit on 30th November 2006

Photograph © Michael Dunlea

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on a lighter note ...

on a lighter note...

1982

Future heir to the throne, Prince William, was born. The Queen had a rude awakening when she found a man sitting on the end of her bed in Buckingham Palace... and it wasn't Prince Philip.

Channel 4 went on air for the first time and began broadcasting with Countdown. The government gave the go-ahead for satellite television.

Argentina invaded the Falklands and we went to war.

Princess Grace of Monaco died of the injuries she sustained in a car crash near Monte Carlo.

The Barbican Arts Centre in London was opened by the Queen and Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Britain in 450 years.

Recession continued throughout most of the world, international trade declined, and unemployment in the United States reached 10.8 per cent in November - the highest since 1940.

The films ET, Tootsie and Blade Runner were all released and House of Cheese was opened in the pretty Cotswold Town of Tetbury.

March 1990

Supposing you bought a cheese shop in the Cotswolds, rather like the idyllic one featured in the television advertisement a few years ago - what would you expect to find? Maybe you would have a vision of a charming building of honey-coloured stone, its old-fashioned bow window looking onto a bustling street - and inside would be a cool room where traditional cheeses sat cheek by jowl.

When we came to look at the House of Cheese in 1990 we had very few pre-conceived ideas, simply because we really didn't know what to expect. Who would have realised that the building, which sat snugly in a row of other shops, was actually in desperate need of a new stone roof and damp-proofing? And that it was impossible to use the existing radiators as the basis of any form of central heating? And that the temperature of the shop, which faced south and was bathed in sun from early morning until after lunchtime, would swiftly rise, given half a chance, to over ninety degrees - enough to produce a fine Welsh rarebit in no time at all!

But we were fired with enthusiasm, not even dampened on moving day when, as we sawed our bed in half on the pavement outside the shop so that it could be carted up two flights of narrow stairs, the local policeman tried to move the removal van on to the end of the street, and a customer, seeing that the shop itself was closed while we tried to push our goods and chattels through the window, muttered darkly "I would have bought my cheese in Cirencester if I had known you were going to be shut!"

To comply with temperature regulations, one of the first jobs (while we were eating all our meals with chopsticks because we had no time to unpack our cutlery) was to have refrigeration and air conditioning installed in the shop. This involved removing the entire front of the shop and propping up the top two floors of the building while refrigerated counters were hauled into place. One bemused customer was heard to remark, staring at what had suddenly turned into a building site "I'm sure there used to be a cheese shop here!" There were also remarks from cheese buffs about how wrong it was to refrigerate cheese and that it should be stored at room temperature - conveniently forgetting that room temperature without the refrigeration was something like Cairo during the summer months!

A new ceiling had to be put in the shop, a new floor installed to make it level throughout and reduce the number of customers who fell over the minute they opened the door to walk into the shop, new shelving installed to replace the sagging shelves held up with sticks, and so on. And meanwhile we were learning as fast as we could about the business of buying and selling cheese!

Present Day

The shop is well established and more or less as we visualised it when we bought it. The latest challenge for us is to get to grips with the Internet - and finding a new bed to replace the one we sawed in half all those years ago! P.S. A new bed was delivered 1st April 2004 - about 14 years and one week after we sawed in half the old bed. It's very comfortable!

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The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales

A Royal Visit in the early nineties

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