From cheeseboard deliveries to specialist cheese and wine boutiques, there are so many ways to get your fix of top notch dairy. Here are five of our favourite places to buy the best cheese in London
By Abbie Schofield
5 Places to buy cheese in London
Mathew Carver, founder of The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese has opened a new shop dedicated to cheese and wine on Columbia Road. It has a selection of over 30 cheeses that Mathew has hand-selected from small producers across the country. Household favourites such as Tunworth, Quickes Mature Cheddar and Baron Bigod make up a core range of cheeses with a number of seasonal specials and limited edition cheeses available each week. Funk will also stock cheeseboard essentials including Crown & Queue charcuterie, Rosebud Preserves and Miller’s Damsel Crackers. For those looking for a ready-made cheeseboard, Funk will be curating mixed cheese boxes available for collection or delivery.
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Le Chevalier is an independent cheese and wine shop on Tower Bridge Road. Selling organic, biodynamic and natural wines from small producers and lesser known regions, the founder Christophe Lechevalier was previously a wine seller at Borough market for over 15 years. Freshly baked bread, charcuterie and cheese are also sold and available to eat in or take away. From Manchego to Rocamadour, this is not only a brilliant destination to buy cheese in south London, but somewhere to go for a delicious food experience.
The Fromage Cat
Cheese delivery service The Fromage Cat delivers cheeseboards directly to homes in north London every week. The December box includes three cheeses, a seasonal accompaniment, crackers and tasting notes along with plenty of add ons to level up your cheeseboard from Mont D’or to boozy truffles. Starting from £25, you can secure your Christmas cheese for the festive period by emailing [email protected] or messaging them directly on Instagram.
The Cheese Barge
Another cheese venture from Mathew Carver, The Cheese Barge is The Cheese Bar’s new sister restaurant in Paddington Basin, situated on a river barge. Opening this autumn, The Cheese Barge will serve cheesy seasonal dishes such as Windrush Goats Curd with lamb scrumpets and pickled walnuts, and medjool dates stuffed with stilton and wrapped in bacon. For home delivery, cheese lovers can order goodies from The Cheese Bar’s website such as a fondue kit, box of British cheeses and delicious condiments.
Whole Foods has a brilliant selection of cheeses on offer. You can browse their festive food guide (which includes everything from appetisers and poultry to desserts and wine), decide which products you would like to pre-order, then complete the order form and drop it at one of Whole Foods’ seven London stores. The cheesy delights on the menu include the Festive Cheese Box which serves eight and includes an assortment of Isigny Brie, Colston Bassett Stilton, Quicke’s Mature Cheddar, Cave Aged Gruyere and Diaz Miguel Manchego, plus an organic fig spread and rosemary olive oil crackers.
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