Happy Thursday, Noshers! In the second installment of my super-short series of posts about my Super Short Trip to London, I’m excited to share my visit to Neal’s Yard Dairy with all of you. As I’m sure most of you know by now, cheese is my all-time favorite food – I have never met a cheese I didn’t like, and I’d happily eat cheese every day if I could do so without consequence! So when this store was recommended to me as a must-visit during my trip, I knew I had to check it out.
An intensely odoriferous waft suggestive of what awaited inside greeted my nose as soon as I walked into the store…
And once inside, it was clear that I had entered a smorgasbord of dairy delights.
Various wheels of cheese lined the shelves from floor to ceiling and the long counter-top was overflowing with cheeses of all varieties – soft, firm, stinky, mild, washed-rind, and more.
Neal’s Yard Dairy specializes in “Farm Cheeses from the British Isles”, and I was especially looking forward to sampling to my heart’s delight. Many of the cheeses I favor have their origins in France or Italy, so I viewed this not only as a lovely tasting experience but also an educational one!
Thankfully, the staff at Neal’s Yard Dairy was not only incredibly knowledgeable and generous with the samples, but they were also super patient and happy to explain the origins of each cheese I tried. I also got a kick out of the fact that they sampled each cheese along with me (I think if I worked there I’d weigh approximately a gazillion pounds).
I wanted to devour this one with a spoon:
In the end, I sampled no fewer than eight cheeses and left with a broadened knowledge of the cheeses from this part of the world as well as two pieces of my own – Montgomery Cheddar and Doddington. And of course I couldn’t resist once last cheese sample as I left the store.
If you even remotely consider yourself a fan of cheese, I recommend you pay Neal’s Yard Dairy a visit when you go to London. There are two locations – I stopped by the one near Borough Market (see my write-up of Borough Market here) so you can imagine how delicious that day was! If you do end up visiting, drop me a line and let me know what you think!
My previous Super Short Trip to London posts:
What’s your favorite type of cheese?