London: La Cave a Fromage
La Cave a Fromage in Notting Hill is considered to be one of the best cheese shops in the world. You can enjoy their cheese with wine in store, try one of their cheese tasting events, or simply buy cheese to take home. Instead of going to yet another Christmas market, why not try La Cave for something more special.
Yesterday, Jane from Gingerpot and I set out on a Christmas market hunt. First we went to Southbank Christmas market and after to Leicester Square… but we felt underwhelmed, like something was missing.
We decided to abort our mission and instead hopped into a cab and got out at Portobello Road. That’s when we stumbled across La Cave a Fromage.
The Portobello Road markets were packing up and the sun had just dipped below the horizon. We stopped and stared into the window at all the beautiful cheeses, pointing and mumbling to each other that one looks really good and oh look at that goats cheese there, that looks really, really good. Before you could say cheese, we decided to pop in.
It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
La Cave sells cheese, wine and charcuterie to take away or enjoy in store. They focus on top farmhouse and artisan French and English cheeses, with a few other European varieties as well.
We took a seat at a checkered table and ordered a mixed cheese plate for £10.
I’m not so keen on blue cheese and asked if it could be swapped for something else. Certainly said the waitress, any specific cheese you would like? To which I replied, surprise us.
We also ordered a bottle of red wine for £20, following the suggestion of “a light easy-drinking wine” to go with all the different cheeses. When our cheeseboard arrived, each one was explained.
“A light goat gouda to start. Next we have a crunchier Montgomery cheddar. Here a double barrel hard cheese, don’t eat the rind. An orange gouda XO, aged for two years. Tunworth, similar to Camembert, with truffle honey drizzled on top, and lastly Grosmont, a soft cheese washed with cider.”
The selection was divine and the choice of wine a perfect compliment.
As we sat and enjoyed our food, we seemed to attract several passersby who also decided to pop in for a slice of wine and cheese heaven. Before leaving I bought a small pot of the truffle honey for £11, which I plan to crack open over some Camembert at my next dinner party. As I’ll be away on travel soon, I decided better to come back another time for the cheese.
According to the Telegraph, La Cave a Fromage is the “world’s third best cheese shop.”
I believe it. The quality of the cheese was second to none. I’ll certainly be going back for more and taking my friends with me. They have two stores in London, South Kensington and Notting Hill, and one in Brighton. La Cave also do regular cheese tasting events, priced at around £40 per person.