Walker's Cheese opens to customers in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds
A new cheese shop has opened its doors to customers in Bury St Edmunds.
After moving to the town, Nicholas Walker, 50, decided to open Walker's Cheese, in St John's Street, last week after 14 years in the industry.
“I am very happy with how things are going. People are very happy with the product,” he said.
“I moved up from the south east three months ago. I was a cheesemaker before that for 14 years in the south east. And then I decided to come up here and open a cheesemongers.”
Nicholas opted to open his shop in St John’s Street after visiting the town frequently for holidays when growing up.
The 50-year-old sells artisan cheese from small British producers that dairy lovers will not be able to find in supermarkets, but only in a delicatessen or cheesemongers.
Nicholas fell into the industry after initially training to be a chef.
He said: “Since I started work at 16 and trained to be a chef, I always enjoyed artisan food and have always been a big foodie.”
Tasters are regularly available for customers to try, with Mayfield, a sweet, nutty tasting cheese that Nicholas used to make, among those on offer. He also offers a wide range of chutneys to accompany the cheese.
“I am very happy,” he continued. “I wasn’t expecting much in September. But I know the trade in September is a quiet month, which is why I opened, because we are running up to Christmas when things get a lot busier.”
The town could have another cheese shop in the future.
The Cheese Hole Co LTD took over the former ANNA Shop, in Hatter Street, last year. It is unclear when it will officially open.