Laura Burgoine (13 November, 2020)

We check out the local cultures club for that groaning Christmas table...


Artisan cheesemongers Neal’s Yard Dairy sells around 550 tonnes of UK and Irish-made cheese a year.

At any given time, there’s 50 tonnes of cheese at their temperature-controlled “urban cave” maturing facility. They ship to Australia and America, have an online store and three brick and mortar shops in London: the flagship in Covent Garden, Borough Market and Bermondsey.

The Mons family cheese business started in 1950s France before the next generation joined in the ’80s and began bringing the family’s cheeses across the Channel. Mons Cheesemongers opened in the UK in 2006 at Borough Market, sourcing traditionally made Continental and British cheeses and ageing them in cellars in London and on the Cote Roannaise. They now have shops in Bermondsey, East Dulwich, and stalls at Borough Market and Brockley Food Market.

Not to forget the vegans, Palace Culture makes fermented plant based cheese from organic cashews and almonds for all your platter needs this yuletide. Palace Culture started life in a family kitchen in Crystal Palace, when Mirko Parmigiani made it his mission to create a delicious dairy-free cheese that his lactose intolerant son could enjoy. This led to Palace Culture’s first stall at Crystal Palace farmers’ market and then an HQ at Spa Terminus.



Bhanuprasad Rao has run East Dulwich institution The Cheese Block at 69 Lordship Lane since it opened its doors in 1991. The deli stocks specialty European and British produce and hundreds of cheeses from around the world, many handpicked by Bhanuprasad himself.
69 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP

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