French – diminutive of fauve “fawn-coloured”.

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Who is Fauvette?

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Lifelong friends Philippa and Jean-Marc have turned a long-term dream into reality and chose the iconic Chris Capus premises in Penarth for their first cheese venture. The shop specialises in artisan cheeses from the British Isles as well as Natural Wines. They source goods from producers they have personally met, in order to pass on a story of craft and provenance to their customers.

The pair met in London over two decades ago while working in the restaurant industry. Philippa later left the capital for the Cotswolds and joined the small cheesemaking team at Daylesford Organic under the helm of Joe Schneider, who now produces the famous Stichelton Blue. There, she learnt about Cheddar-making and rind washing, finally specialising in affinage. Jean-Marc followed later and joined local cheese wholesaler Fromage to Age, establishing links with British cheesemakers and small independent retailers across the Midlands and South. Both have been guest judges at the British Cheese Awards alongside cheese guru Juliet Harbutt.

The business is named Fauvette after a friendly, doe-eyed brown and white cow, on Jean-Marc’s childhood farm in the Loire Valley. Fauvette’s milk was mixed with the milk from the goat herd and transformed into a delicious Valençay style ash-coated pyramid cheese.


“To have such a fine shop on our doorstep offering the finest of cheeses from around the country, we are lucky indeed! Selling far more too..superb bread..incredible selection of deli …and all sorts of other delicious goodies allied with knowledgeable staff…treat yourself and support this fantastic store..”


“Every village should have a fromagerie, I am very happy Penarth has Fauvette”


“Popped in for some cheese boards on a lunch date. Delicious, quality cheese with great customer service. We will be back for more!”


“Died and gone to heaven! Brilliant and very knowledgeable”


“Delicious affordable excellent quality organic wines and cheeses and excellent customer service! I couldn’t recommend it enough”


“Love this shop! the cheeses are amazing, and the accompaniments are perfect. Cheese lover’s paradise”


“Fabulous shop! Thank you so much for your help choosing the delicious array of gifts. Excellent, friendly and welcoming service”


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