Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 1016 : What you absolutely must have at Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal's Yard Dairy, located right off of the Seven Dials in the Covent Garden neighborhood of London, is the place to go for the most extensive selection of cheeses from the British Isles. Looking for the classic English cheddar aged to perfection or perhaps that stinky piquant and utterly fabulous Stilton, you can find it here!

But what about those hard to find cheeses of the British Isles that are not exported to the US? Look no further! 

What's good right now in that category of hard to find British cheese wonders?

Cardo -- not exported out of the UK but currently available at Neal's Yard Dairy's Covent Garden shop. A washed rind goat's milk cheese crafted by Mary Holbrook of Sleight Farm in Somerset. Crafted in the traditional manner, this washed rind stinker is primarily unique because it is made with goat's milk and not with sheep or cow's milk. Biting and fierce with a rustic barnyardy bent but with a clean citrusy finish, it is absolute perfection with a nice glass of dry Riesling. Make sure to take this cheese out of the fridge 45 minutes to an hour before serving.

What else?

Ticklemore, a firm pasteurized goat's milk cheese hailing from Devon. Originally crafted by Robin Congdon of Ticklemore Dairy, the cheese is now made by Debbie Mumford and Mark Sharman at Sharpman Creamery quite close to where Robin used to craft the same cheese. Why the change of hands? Debbie actually worked with Robin crafting Ticklemore for years and when Robin decided he wanted to focus solely on the production of his three blue cheeses, the natural choice for continuing the production of Ticklemore was Debbie. The rest is history.  

Although you can find this cheese in the US, it is especially fantastic right now. Enjoy it with a morsel of Spanish fig almond cake and a glass of crisp Proven├žal Rose, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

It is always such a treat stepping into Neal's Yard Dairy. I look forward to my next visit.

Neal's Yard Dairy
17 Shorts Gardens

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