La Cave a Fromage, Notting Hill
La Cave a Fromage is considered to be one of the best cheese shops in the world. They have two London stores in South Kensington and Notting Hill and one in Brighton.
They focus on top farmhouse and artisan French and English cheeses and a few other European varieties. You can enjoy their cheese and charcuterie with wine in store, attend one of their cheese tasting events, or buy some cheese to take home.
I stumbled across La Cave a Fromage on Portobello Road just as the markets were packing up and the sun had just dipped below the horizon.
The shop first caught my eye as a refuge from the cold, while the cute chequered tablecloth and display of cheeses invited me in.
We took a seat and ordered a mixed cheese plate for a bargain £10 and a bottle of red wine for £20. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I asked to swap the blue cheese for something else, which was no problem.
Each cheese 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 wine a perfect compliment. I really loved the truffle honey and bought a pot for £11, which saw me through the Christmas season!
I was with a foodie friend catching up. The sheer enjoyment on our faces, as we sipped down the bottle of wine and indulged in the selection of cheeses, was contagious. The quiet cheese store soon filled up with passersby wanting to do the same.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere in store and the opportunity to taste new cheeses. This was the perfect late afternoon pitstop after a long day shopping. I’ll certainly be back.