New cheese shop opens in former Steep Hill Tea Rooms

A brie-lliant new cheese shop has opened in the former Steep Hill Tea Rooms in Lincoln.

Ye Olde Mouse House cheese shop and coffee bar opened its cheese shop at 34 Steep Hill on Friday, October 12, with plans of opening its coffee bar in coming weeks.

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Owned by Erika Grinstead and her daughter, Mollie Haines, the family business will sell a range of cheeses, including Skegness blue and Lincolnshire brie.

The pair have close connections to the Skegness-absed Lymn Bank Farm brand and will be selling a range of its cheeses including the famous charcoal cheese.

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Erika also plans to sell a range of cheese accompaniments and create a small deli as the company grows.

Mollie will be focusing on the coffee bar, which will sell a range of homemade cakes and will have free wi-fi and a relaxed atmosphere.

At the moment, the shop will be open from 10am-5pm from Monday – Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sundays. This may be extended following the launch of the coffee bar.

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Both Mollie and Erika have said the shop and coffee bar will be Lincolnshire focused – with the majority of products being from the county.

Erika, who is a former nurse, told CityX: “We are a family-run business. My husband and his family produce the cheese that we sell and we want to showcase their products in our own way.

“We have worked very closely with Lymn Bank Farm cheese and are knowledgable about the brand, we have seen the production, we know the process and have an insight into how the cheese is made.

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“It is a very popular cheese and having that knowledge is very important for customers and we have faith in the brand, we know it is a good product.”

Mollie added: “We want the coffee shop to be somewhere for people to come in and relax, maybe have some cake or a bit of cheese and it be a home from home.”

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Adrian Bower Estate Manager at Taylor Lindsey, which has leased the shop to the mother/daughter team, commented: “We are very pleased that the Ye Olde Mouse House decided to locate a shop on Steep Hill.

“The company offers something new and different and should complement the area.

“Lymn Farm is a well-known brand and we hope they do very well.”