I’m Ian Wellens, and The Cheese Shed is myself and James Mann. We started our online mail order business in 2006, with the aim of making Westcountry cheese available to people all over the country. There’s such a wealth of great cheese made down here, but not all of it is widely available. After all, some of the best makers are very small-scale operations - concerned with quality more than quantity - meaning that their products are pretty hard to find.
From the start, we’ve been clear that our focus is on selling artisan cheese from our region. In Tuscany or Alsace you’ll find shops that sell cheese from the surrounding area, i.e from Tuscany and Alsace. We wanted the Cheese Shed to be the same. After all, there are plenty of other places where you can buy Stilton or Emmenthal; we, on the other hand, will try and tempt you with Beenleigh Blue, Ogleshield or Haytor.
The shed, blue and with a nice view across to Dartmoor, is where the business began and where I worked from 2006 to 2012. We moved out it in 2012 but are still based in our home town of Bovey Tracey, and now operate a bricks-and-mortar shop as well the mail order business.