July has seen the first tentative re-opening of our restaurants and cafes but they are far from out of danger and their survival now depends on how we support them. Our best independent restaurants help keep us in business, showcasing and adding our products to their menus. Without them, so many of us small independent producers would not exist.
Prior to the COVID shutdown, a huge part of our customer base was the restaurant industry, so the knock on effect to small producers like us was and continues to be huge.
This is a really important time for us with lock-down easing across the UK and as restaurants start to open their doors again, all small-batch producers are beginning to feel a little more positive about the future. The restaurant industry supports such a huge part of the UK supply chain and employment opportunities, that right now it's vital to support them. It's so important to remember that restaurants also serve as a platform for independent brands and suppliers too, showcasing the best of British produce. We are really pleased to have had our cheese selected to be part of the menu on some great restaurants who are cautiously re-opening - We will be highlighting some of our favourites as they begin to open up again after lock-down.
Our cheese was recently sampled in the highest restaurant in London, (the Duck&Waffle at London's Heron Tower). This week we were really pleased to see both our Pitchfork and Gorywdd on the menu of Mark Hix's new restaurant, The Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis.
Don't forget that throughout August, you can use the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme. You can find out who is participating in your local area on the link below.
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Project name: New Cheddar
The aim of this project has been to start cheddar production at Trethowan's Dairy. The funding has supported the purchase of all new equipment required to produce cheddar, as well the design and build of a chilled cheddar store adjacent to the current dairy. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.