An insider's view: Iona Hill, Ribblesdale Cheese
What aspect of your job and the place where you work makes you feel happiest?
I'm Iona Hill and my business is the award-winning Ribblesdale Cheese
I always enjoy taking the whey off when the curd settles at the bottom of the vat and the liquid whey runs off. Each time, the revelation of a small mountain of curd still fascinates me: the science of converting milk into cheese remains amazing to me.
What makes your business different?
We are so small, we can be flexible, make new cheeses when the bug for new product development bites us, and go the extra mile for our customers because we know all of them. We are not beholden to any of the major supermarkets. Plus, everything we make is made by hand with a huge amount of love and care - and good old fashioned Yorkshire pride.
If some one is feeling a little down and perhaps in need of a boost, where in the Yorkshire Dales do you suggest they should visit?
One of the old lime kilns, some of which are extremely well preserved. This usually involves a bit of a yomp through fields which will clear out any cobwebs and then the sense of history and how life may have been should take your mind away from your woes.
There is a lime kiln close to where I live, in the middle of a field and I found it fascinating!
If a visitor was coming here for two days what would you recommend they should try to do? Any particular places to eat or drink you'd like to recommend?
I would recommend a good walking book and seek out some of the less walked walks, punctuated by some pub grub. To eat, for a blow out, I would recommend Yorebridge House or for a relaxed Sunday lunch in huntin', shootin' and fishin' type surroundings, I would recommend Simonstone (recently made famous by a certain Mr Clarkson!). For pub grub, there are so many to choose from, I don't know where to start!
Is there somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales you feel sudden swooping joy?
Nowhere in particular, but any good, bracing walk with views always works for me.
Is there a happy detail in everyday life that many of us miss?
Stone walls, clean air, sheep punctuated fields
Where's your favourite place to just sit and look?
My garden and the view over to Pen-y-Ghent
Is there a local person who you think embodies the Yorkshire Dales spirit?
James Herriot - even though he's fictional!
Anything else you'd like to tell us that we probably don't know!
In true MIchael Caine style, not many people know this, but there are TWO cheese makers in Hawes - we are the small artisan cheese makers!
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