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Title: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on October 19, 2009, 09:02:26 AM
I have a project to teach myself the dark art of blue mold cheeses. Just today it took a rather drastic blow when I learned that in Helsinki (which is the capital city) they do not sell stilton cheese. At all. Except in Christmas season. Would you believe that.

Luckily, I am about to travel to London next weekend. Therefore I'd appreceate any recommendations to a cheese lover who can't get decent cheddar (or stilton apparently) from his native country to save his life. I have four days to fill my taste buds with London's culinary experiences and 20 kilos worth of backpack space to carry home delights. So where to go, what to buy?
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: linuxboy on October 19, 2009, 11:10:48 AM
Go here

http://www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk/shops.html (http://www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk/shops.html)

You won't be disappointed :D
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: DeejayDebi on October 19, 2009, 12:12:52 PM
Ah you lucky boy! ENjoy your trip and all the delights of the country and report back as soon as you can with lots of pictures!
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on October 19, 2009, 02:51:51 PM
Linuxboy, I will go there! :) Covent Garden seems to be on the top of my list. It's been recommended as a lovely place, there's pubs with good ciders and a place to get cheeses. Awesome.

Debi, this is my first trip to London and so far the journey plan seems promising. Pics, my camera's still out of order, I must borrow one. Will do.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: linuxboy on October 19, 2009, 03:07:41 PM
Also check out the festival

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/tickets/cheese-and-wine-festival-1000007 (http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/tickets/cheese-and-wine-festival-1000007)
Cheese & Wine Festival South Bank Centre, outside Royal Festival Hall
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October | 11:00am - 8:00pm (Sun 11:am - 6:00pm)
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on October 21, 2009, 08:45:06 AM
Wow! I am so going there. Thanks linuxboy!

I seemed to pick a good weekend to visit London :)
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: DeejayDebi on October 21, 2009, 10:02:12 PM
Your going to have a great trip! Congrats!
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on October 28, 2009, 07:09:59 AM
Well, I'm back. And not disappointed.

For some reason the airport signs tried to convince me that it's forbidden to bring meat or dairy products over a border. Don't know what's up with that. Customs webpage says it's legal for personal purposes. Needless to say, I did have some in my bag.

Pics will be posted soon. Just wanted to thank you linuxboy once again since your recommendations were the highlights of my trip (excluding the Tim Minchin concert that was the main purpose of it).

All and all lovely place. Too much traffic, but excellent pubs, great cheeses, good cider and friendly salespeople where ever you go, making me eat and drink their products no matter if I was going to buy anything. Very good policy.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: DeejayDebi on October 28, 2009, 06:37:16 PM
I can't wait to peek into the windows of your mind.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London - with pics!
Post by: riha on November 18, 2009, 04:10:47 PM
Debi, the windows of my mind are not necessarily a pretty sight... Not recommended.

Insides of my camera, that's another matter. Just got my pics downloaded. I sure have taken a lot of pictures of foodstuff. This being a cheese forum, I'll not post those with sausages, wines, hams, steaks, cakes, ciders, candies, brownies, veggies, fudges, chocolates, pies, fishes and fruits. Just cheeses.

London. Awesome. If you ever visit there, I strongly recommend two places: Borough Market and previously mentioned Neal's Yard Dairy cheese shop.

Pics from Borough Market.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on November 18, 2009, 04:12:11 PM
Borough Market #2

Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on November 18, 2009, 04:13:53 PM
Borough #3

Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: riha on November 18, 2009, 04:20:04 PM
Still more Borough Market! #4

Seriously that place is brilliant. And the funny thing is I just stumbled upon the information of it's existence while trying to find good cider pubs. Just awesome :)
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: DeejayDebi on November 18, 2009, 07:22:19 PM
WOW! Nice pictures and alot of great looking cheeses! Bet you had a ball. I sure wouldn't mind checking out some of those sausage pictures. Making sausage is of my other hobbies. ;D

Hey did you try the komijenkaas? That's on my make list Looks interesting.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Tea on November 19, 2009, 01:16:34 PM
Oh wow  :o  Did you get to sample much?  I don't know where I would have stopped.  Probably when the money ran out.  It all looks such quality products too.

Thankyou for those pics.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Michelle on November 19, 2009, 07:50:54 PM
oh, you are making me so homesick for England.  All those lovely cheeeses that we just don't have in NZ.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Chris K on June 26, 2010, 02:51:50 PM
Great pics! Thanks for sharing. I was fortunate to visit both last year. It sparked my desire to open my own place.
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Blue Monday on January 19, 2012, 05:57:53 AM
Markets are always a great choice in London for cheese or in fact any artisan product, they have pretty much every cheese you could ever want - be sure to try the Stinky Bishop...it may smell like it came from a Horses botto.....but it tastes fantastic! and the smell isn´t that bad...just a bit pungent shall we say...! My theory is the stinkier it is, the better it tastes! :D
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: fied on January 19, 2012, 06:06:01 AM
"Stinky Bishop"

It's name is, properly, Stinking Bishop.

Yes, London markets are good for cheese, but so are many other food markets in even small towns and cities in the UK, where you're more likely to get local cheeses. I was thinking of the covered markets in Oxford and Manchester, for example, and came across a wonderful cheese stall at the market in Hexham last year and another in the riverside market in Newcastle.

Glad to see another UKer on the forum.

Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Blue Monday on January 19, 2012, 08:19:39 AM
@fied, apologies for shortening the name of the cheese there, I was rather tired - but you are correct, that is the ´proper´ name.

anyway, the point is that England has many great places for cheese and one of the more convenient places for any tourist is going to be the london markets so get yourself down there and then emerce yourself in the culture...and by this I mean a good pint!

Hello fellow Uker!
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: fied on January 19, 2012, 08:41:16 AM
Erm, I was born in London and lived there until my mid-40s...  :)
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Blue Monday on January 19, 2012, 08:58:41 AM
@fied it wasn´t aimed at you, I know you are from the UK :) I was referring to all of our non-UKers who use the site, they need to experience the art of a good pint! :D
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: ukdavid on October 16, 2012, 10:01:17 AM
How about speckled hen for a beer?

David
Title: Re: Cheese trip to London
Post by: Alpkäserei on October 20, 2012, 10:11:19 PM
I have to say, all of these English cheeses are terrifying to my Swiss mind. Looks like something I might have discovered while cleaning out the cellar  ;)