A darkly-ashed and moussey Dorstone, a sweet and walnuty Devon Blue, and a fluffy and milky Cornish Yarg: feeling hungry yet? Those are just three of the tempting cheeses you’ll find piled high at Neal’s Yard Dairy, London’s favourite cheese retailer. Founding director Randolph Hodgson opened his first shop in Neal’s Yard near Covent Garden in 1979 and a second space in an empty warehouse by Borough Market in the 1990s.
Neal’s Yard Dairy works with some 40 cheesemakers across the UK and Ireland, buying cheese from small farms and creameries and then maturing them in its warehouse under the brick railway arches of Bermondsey. Once the cheese is in peak condition, it heads to one of three blue-fronted shops with the recognisable white typeface.
As you would with a local fishmonger or butcher, it’s best to walk in and ask what’s good that day. The friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions – and if you want to know more you can even attend a cheese class. Before you ask, yes, tasting is included.
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Photo: Neal’s Yard Dairy.