Ever since I moved to London a decade ago Borough Market still continues to be a favourite place of mine. I love nothing better than pottering off with a Social Pantry bag and choosing whatever takes my fancy then and there. In this case, it was cheese!
1st Stop:Neal’s Yard Dairy
Anyone who knows me will know I love cheese so I always pop into Neal’s Yard Dairy where just standing and being part of the hustle and bustle of the cheese sampling and buying is brilliant. With so much amazing cheese on offer I always have a tough time choosing, but luckily the fantastic staff are extremely knowledgeable.
After tasting the mild, soft St Jude cheese there was no turning back. It was so creamy and had a deep enough flavour to give a lasting impression.
Chutney Match: The English Provider Chutney
St Jude is made by Julie Cheyney in Fen Farm, Suffolk from the farm’s herd of Montebeliarde cows. St Jude arrives at our maturation rooms in Bermondsey at less than a week old, and will start to break down when it reaches ripeness at around two to four weeks of age.
2nd Stop: Blackwoods Cheese Company
Earlier this year Social Pantry created a ‘Best of London’ Hamper and included a brilliant Feta style cheese called Graceburn. It is produced in Brockley by Dave Holton and Tim Jarvis of Blackwoods Cheese, who both previously worked at Neal’s Yard Dairy before starting out on their own. They create some cracking soft cheese and I definitely recommend looking them up for a real taste of London.
My current favourite is their William Heaps, which is delicately creamy and perfect with a charcoal cracker.
Chutney Match: The Daylesford Fig and Walnut Chutney
The second cheese in our convict series, William Heaps is a fresh lactic cow’s cheese: “William Heaps was sentenced to 7 years and travelled on the Bengal Merchant.” – Official Documents, 1838, Lancaster Source: convictrecords.com.au