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Map guide: the best cheesemongers in the UK

by Great British Chefs 27 Apr 2018

The UK now produces close to 1,000 different varieties of cheese, with new ones hitting shop shelves every month. But without the incredible cheesemongers and cheese shops that sell them, there would be no way to buy them. That's why we've put together this map guide to some of the best cheesemongers in the UK. Next time you're after a few wedges, truckles or wheels of incredible British artisan cheese, be sure to visit one of these independent businesses.

1. Country Cheeses

Country Cheeses has two other shops in Devon (Totnes and Topsham), but the Tavistock branch is the original. Starting out as a market stall, owners Elise and Gary Jungheim eventually decided to set up a permanent shop to celebrate the incredible cheeses of the South West. They took home the title of Britain's Best Cheese Retailer at the Great British Cheese Awards 2016.

Contact information
Market Road , Tavistock , Devon , PL19 0BW , UK

Telephone

01822 615035

2. The Bristol Cheesemonger

Winning Best Cheese Retailer at the Great British Cheese Awards in 2017, The Bristol Cheesemonger is owned by Rosie Morgan. Housed inside a shipping container at Bristol's trendy Wapping Wharf development, it's home to a perfectly curated selection of the South West's best cheeses.

Contact information
Unit 8 , Museum Street , Bristol , BS1 6ZA , UK

3. The Courtyard Dairy

Combining an incredible cheese shop with a museum, café and cheese production room, The Courtyard Dairy has become a must-visit destination for any fromageophile. Owners Andy and Kathy Swinscoe have an unsurpassed knowledge of artisan cheese, and stock the best varieties from across the UK.

Contact information
Crows Nest Barn , Austwick , Lancaster , LA2 8AS , UK

Telephone

01729 823 291

4. Paxton & Whitfield

The flagship store is on Jermyn Street, London, but there are other branches in Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and the Cotswolds. This is one of the oldest cheesemongers in the UK, and has a fantastic array of cheese from both the UK and beyond.

Contact information
93 Jermyn Street , London , SW1Y 6JE , UK

Telephone

020 7930 0259

5. Neal's Yard Dairy

Probably the most respected cheese shop in Britain, Neal's Yard is responsible for spearheading the nation's artisan cheese movement and only stocks and sells cheeses it ages itself to ensure the very best quality. There's another shop at Borough Market, too.

Contact information
17 Shorts Gardens , Covent Garden , London , WC2H 9AT , UK

Telephone

020 7500 7520

6. La Fromagerie

With several shops across London, this highly respected cheesemonger not only sells the world's best cheeses – it serves lots of cheese-filled dishes too. There are always plenty of happy staff to help you choose the right varieties to boot.

Contact information
2–6 Moxon Street , Marylebone , London , W1U 4EW , UK

Telephone

020 7935 0341

7. The Fine Cheese Co.

A beautiful little shop in Bath, The Fine Cheese Co. curates its selection of cheeses carefully to ensure only the best varieties are on offer. It also sells all the various crackers, chutneys, boards and knives you could ever need.

Contact information
29–31 Walcot Street , Bath , BA1 5BN , UK

Telephone

01225 448748

8. George Mewes Cheese

One of Scotland's finest cheesemongers, George Mewes specialises in the types of cheese you'll never see in the supermarkets. With another shop in Edinburgh, both sites ensure the cheese is kept in the best conditions for maximum flavour.

Contact information
106 Byres Road , Glasgow , G12 8TB , Scotland

Telephone

0141 334 5900

9. Cartmel Cheeses

In the same tiny village as Simon Rogan's incredible L'Enclume restaurant, Cartmel Cheeses adds another gastronomic string to the area's culinary bow. There are some fantastic British cheeses on offer, but the local varieties made in tiny batches are a particularly strong reason to visit.

Contact information
23 Ford Road , Cartmel , Grange-over-Sands , LA11 6QD , UK

Telephone

01539 534307

10. Arcadia Delicatessen

While it isn't a dedicated cheesemongers, the cheese counter at Arcadia is one of Northern Ireland's finest, with an incredible array of the country's artisan cheeses on offer. There are some great varieties from the Republic of Ireland, too, and plenty of crackers and chutneys to go along with them.

Contact information
378 Lisburn Road , Belfast , BT9 6JL , Northern Ireland

Telephone

028 9038 1779

11. Madame Fromage

A fantastic little cheese shop in Cardiff, Madame Fromage is home to over 150 different types of cheese at any one time. The original site proved so popular that a second one opened round the corner with restaurants serving simple but delicious menus throughout the day.

Contact information
21 Castle Arcade , Cardiff , CF10 1BW , Wales

Telephone

029 2064 4888

12. Anderson & Hill

A traditional deli in the centre of Birmingham with an incredible cheese counter, Anderson & Hill has been supplying the city with great cheese since 2010. There's a huge selection to choose from and the team are more than happy to help you find the cheese best suited to your needs.

Contact information
7 Colmore Row , Great Western Arcade , Birmingham , B2 5HU , UK

Telephone

0121 236 2829

13. George & Joseph Cheesemongers

Leeds' only cheesemonger is also one of the best in England, specialising in the incredible cheeses of Yorkshire (although they do stock some from further afield, too). Taste your way through a few varieties to see which you like, then pair them with a bottle of wine or a local ale for the full cheeseboard experience.

Contact information
140 Harrogate Road , Chapel Allerton , Leeds , LS7 4NZ , UK

Telephone

0113 345 0203

14. Hamish Johnston

The people of Battersea have been getting their cheese fix from Hamish Johnston since 1994, and since then it has evolved into one of the top cheese shops in London. They put an emphasis on how important it is to taste what you're buying, so expect plenty of free tasters to help you find the cheese that's right for you.

Contact information
48 Northcote Road , London , SW11 1PA , UK

Telephone

020 7738 0741

15. I.J. Mellis

With three shops in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow and another in St Andrews, I.J Mellis is a textbook example of how we've grown to love artisan cheese in the UK. Specialising in farmhouse cheeses – many of which are matured in cellars in-house – there are plenty of complex flavours and lesser-known varieties to choose from.

Contact information
30 Victoria Street , Edinburgh , EH1 2JW , UK

Telephone

0131 226 6215

16. The Mousetrap Cheese Shop

Selling cheese since 1990 means the team at The Mousetrap Cheese Shop have decades of experience and knowledge to share. Every week they single out a particularly good cheese (with plenty of free samples), but the shop's full range is one of the most comprehensive in the UK. There are also branches in Ludlow and Leominster.

Contact information
30 Church Street , Hereford , HR1 2LR , UK

Telephone

01432 353423

17. The Cheese Hamlet

The Cheese Hamlet was established way back in 1960 and has won over forty awards in its time, making it the best place to find good cheese in Manchester. Stocking cheese from all over the world, it's where you'll find particularly good examples of Swiss cheeses – after all, they were awarded the Gold Medal of Honour from the Swiss Cheese Union.

Contact information
706 Wilmslow Road , Didsbury , Manchester , M20 2DW , UK

Telephone

0161 434 4781

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