Standing room only as Cheesedale opens
THERE was standing room only for the grand opening of Cheesedale cafe, near Copley, last week.
Jonathan and Allison Raper had a race against time to get their latest venue ready in time for guests on Friday.
Less than a year after moving to their new premises at Pond Farm, Copley, the couple have expanded the dairy and now opened their own cafe and shop, selling a variety of cheese related items.
Mr Raper’s grandmother, Doris, after whom one of their popular cheeses is named, declared the cafe, Cheesedale, open as guests crowded into the cosy cafe and shop.
Mrs Raper said: “I’m so proud of these two, even before they decided to do this. They’ve worked so hard and it all looks lovely. It’s great to see so many people here to celebrate with them.
Mrs Raper, who still lives at Hilton, added: “As I’ve stopped driving now, if any of my friends are passing my house on the way here I just want to say, don’t forget to stop and pick me up.”
In addition to stocking their own cheeses and pasteurised milk, the Rapers will also stock a range of locally made products from Coghlans bread, fruit cakes, chutneys and the Teesdale Mercury.