Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Neil's Yard Dairy - Borough Market, Covent Garden

Once at Fairway Market, Long Island, a women at the cheese counter told me that Neal's Yard Dairy did not make cheese, but simply distributed it. I didn't know what she was talking about. After all, if they don't make cheese, why are they called a dairy? I put it down to ignorance on my part and didn't think anything else of it until I visited Neil's Yard Dairy, at Borough Market.

At the shop, I found out that Neil's Yard used to make cheese, and still do, under another branch called Neil's Creamery. In addition to making cheese and yogurt, the cheesemaker bought matured cheeses and sold them. The owners of Neal's Yard noticed that these cheeses often tasted differently when they were sold from when they were bought. They split their cheesmaking business off and devoted themselves to collecting quality English cheeses and aging them to perfection. That's what the cheeselady at Fairway was talking about.

6 Park Street, Borough Market,
London SE1 9AB
(0)20 7645 3554
Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat 8am to 5pm

17 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden,
London WC2H 9UP
Tel +44 (0)20 7240 5700
Mon-Thurs 11am to 6.30pm
Fri-Sat 10am to 6.30pm

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