About Us

Grate is your local independent cheesemonger, championing  local and British cheese. Our founder, Moz, discovered her love of cheese in the late 1990s when, working her first job at Fortnum & Mason, realised that not all cheese came in individual foil-wrapped triangles and that there is so much more to the delightful dairy dish.

Since then, she has worked for many independent food retailers including Fortnum & Mason, Bluebird at Chelsea and Fenwick, before deciding she wanted to be her own boss as she realised Newcastle lacked cheese stores where a passion for cheese was as the heart of the business. She quit her job in early 2020, and that’s when she established Grate. After a long delay due to Covid restrictions, the shop finally opened its doors to its Jesmond customers in October 2020.

The local community in Jesmond were behind Moz from the start and really championed the fresh produce provided here at Grate, and it’s for this reason that we put our customers at the heart of what we do here.

We know our customers care about the cheese they eat, how it’s made and the animals’ welfare, and that is why we have a close working relationship with all our suppliers, to ensure the source and quality of our cheese is always of the highest standard.

Speaking of suppliers, we know that now more than ever the importance of shopping local and supporting
British farmers,and that is why we champion local and British cheese as much as possible.
We have regular contact with our local suppliers and know the importance of cheese coming from a trusted source. We also partner with local food producers in the hopes of supporting other independent businesses just like our own, and we like to support local charities, too.
We regularly make food donations to FoodCycle, who feed hungry people across Newcastle.

Donating our produce to charity is key to our ethos here at Grate. We believe cheese shouldn’t be intimidating, and that it should be accessible to all. We love nothing more than introducing a new cheese or cheese style to someone, and we think our informal approach and friendly attitude both online and in-person makes the shop welcoming to all.

So whether you’re a newcomer or a cheese connoisseur, we can’t wait for you to experience all we have to offer here at Grate, Newcastle.

#StayCheesy x

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