“People just love cheese,” says Julie Nuttall from behind the counter of her new shop in central Canterbury.
Called The Cheese Shop, it sits in the premises which had been occupied by greengrocer Dumbrell’s in Palace Street and describes itself as “Canterbury’s specialists in artisnal cheese”.
Julie sells a variety of handmade cheeses alongside bread, crackers and other products to be eaten with cheese such as quince.
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“After Dumbrell’s closed, I saw an opportunity and decided to give it a go,” Julie told the Canterbury Journal.
“I’m hoping that Palace Street becomes a bit more foodie rather than just being lots of cafes and restaurants – and after all, people love cheese.
“All my produce is handmade cheeses which are so much nicer than the mass produced types.”
Julie opened the shop after a career working in business development in the corporate world.
Her job took her to places such as Turkey, Portugal and parts of Africa. It was here that she developed an interest in organic and sustainable food.
After leaving the corporate world, she began working as a cheesemonger and then opened the cheese shop.
Eventually Julie hopes to open a tapas cheese bar at the back of the premises which will be licensed to serve wine with the cheeses.