London: where to buy Cheddar

Old Oct 9th, 2006, 12:16 PM
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London: where to buy Cheddar

I'd like to stock up on Cheddar and other cheese while in London. Last time I bought some wonderful cheeses at Harrods' but it was quite expensive.

Do you know of any nice cheese shops in Central London?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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If you are in London on a Friday, try Borough Market..wonderful cheese merchants come in from the countryside
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 12:36 PM
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Paxton & Whitfield (or something like that) on Jermyn Street, or Neals Dairy Yard near Covent Gardent
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 01:39 PM
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Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Somerfield, Tesco.
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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thit_cho, you just sent a shiver down my spine -- my FAVORITE two shops in all of London!
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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alanRow - decent snark at the title of the thread, but the OP did at least ask for 'nice cheese shops'.
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 02:09 PM
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I would go to Neal's Yard Dairy (and frequent do - I was in there at lunchtime today).

http://www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk/ourshops.html

They do several different types of cheddar as well as other British and Irish cheeses, and are quite happy to let you taste! I'm sure you'll find something delicious. It's a very special place ...
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 02:12 PM
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you can get some very nice cheese at UK supermarkets
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 03:20 PM
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I second Borough Mkt and Neal's Yard. Borough Market is just a gret place to spend an hour or two.

Just last Friday I bought some lovely Neal's Yard Dairy Lancashire Poacher and Sage Derby -- at my local Whole Foods in No. California. Whenever I'm suffering England/London withdrawal - some good cheeses, Branston Pickle, and beer puts things right . . . .
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 08:22 PM
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Thank for your suggestions, we will try the shops you mentioned. We arrive on a Friday so may be in luck -- is Borough Market open all day or just in the morning?

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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 08:58 PM
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A memory from four years ago. Dor and I are trying to choose which cheeses to buy in a small village in I believe Lincolnshire county.
A young couple ahead of us ask for the 'Canadian Cheddar'.
I have to ask, ( no one has ever accused me of being shy), why the 'Canadian Chedar'?
'Because it is far better' is the reply.
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Old Oct 9th, 2006, 11:21 PM
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Borough Market is open Fridays and Saturdays in the mornings and tends to wind down by about 3pm. Saturday can be extremely busy, so Friday late morning would be the perfect time if you could manage it. There's an outpost of Neal's Yard Dairy on Park Street, just two steps away from the market, and the wonderful Monmouth Coffee Shop just opposite.
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 04:34 AM
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Best time to go to Borough Market is either 11am or after 2pm on Friday. Skip the lunch crowds if possible!! I'd go at 11am as everything is opening adn the crowds aren't too bad. You can make a full cirlcle of te entire market. Then choose your lunch and then buy your goodies
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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If you are buying cheese to bring to the US, don't bother. You cannot bring it into the country. Enjoy eating it in London!
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Depending on where you're staying - keep a look out for the local Farmer's market. That will have lots of lovely cheeses.

In fact a decent supermarket will have a good range (look out for Waitrose in particular)
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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There's not an enormous amount of point in searching beyond Waitrose, though Paxton's, Neals Yard and La Fromagerie (www.lafromagerie.co.uk) have an atmosphere many might enjoy.

As Audere says, you can usually rely on the cheese stalls at the farmers' markets listed at www.lfm.org.uk.

These are not the same as the more traditional street markets all over London, whose few cheese stalls typically sell out and out crap.
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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I seem to remember a particularly well stocked cheese shop being featured in an episode of Monty Python. Does anyone know where that is?
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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On Saturday, the Borough Market opens at 9:00 am. We went and ate our breakfast there as well as purchasing food for a picnic lunch which we ate after walking along the Thames South Bank and visiting the Tate Modern.

Opening hours are Fridays 12:00noon - 6:00pm. Saturdays 9:00am to 4:00pm.

http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 11:42 AM
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audere_est_facere:

The cheese shop you're thinking of is The Old Cheese Emporium - Henry Wensleydale, purveyor of fine cheese to the gentry and the poverty stricken too. And it's licensed for public dancing!

Not sure where it is however

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDat9zdw7Gs
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Most of the supermarkets will allow you to taste before you buy. Not sure you can do that at the market. Don't forget you'll need some biscuits/bread and butter to go with it. and what about some wine/cider to wash it all down? don't forget the corkscrew!
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