No 865-867. Shop for Cheese

30 May

Cheese is my idea of food heaven.   In fact, if there was one food I wish could be good for you, it’d be cheese.  Cheddar, blue cheese, goats cheese, baked camembert, smoked cheese I can eat the lot.

So this Time Out activity fitted the bill nicely.

I paid a visit to Androuet in Spitalfields Market, which is not listed in the Time Out book but always has an amazing looking array of cheeses in the window.

Androuet in Spitalfields

Androuet in Spitalfields (photo courtesy of http://www.madeinshoreditch.co.uk)

I’m no cheese connoisseur, I just enjoy eating it and cheese shops can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing.  So, it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by Geoffrey, a young Frenchman who’s been here for 3 years and loves London but more importantly, loves cheese.

As Geoffrey explained, he can get a taste of home in this shop with the vast array of French cheeses on offer.  But the lovely thing about this place is it also has some excellent British produce as well.

He cut me off slivers of whatever I wanted to try and was very patient in asking what flavours I liked and then picking certain cheeses for me to sample.  They all tasted very good.  I’m surprised he isn’t the size of a house being surrounded by such deliciousness all day.

A cheese hamper from Androuet

An Androuet cheese hamper 

I settled on two types.  The first was Smoked Pendragon which is a buffalo cheese with a hard texture similar to cheddar.  Made in Somerset, this cheese has a mild, creamy but distinctive flavour especially as it’s lightly smoked.  I wolfed it down on its own but it would taste great with crackers and some fruit chutney.

The second was Cornish Yarg and this was my favourite of the two.  It comes wrapped in nettle leaf, is slightly softer than the Pendragon and a bit crumbly.  With a creamy flavour but a slight tang to it which gives it a bit of kick, it tasted amazing with a chunk of crusty white bread.

The shop also sells crackers, chutneys and some cheese products including a cheese curler (I’m still not quite sure what this is).  It also has a restaurant which has a regular menu and a cheese menu with different types of fondue, served with both meat and veggie options.  A meal out here is definitely one for my to-do list in the near future.

Pic2At £13.64 for just under half a kilo for the two pieces, it’s not cheap and is not going to replace my grated cheddar I eat on my toast most mornings.  But it is a lovely treat and good cheese is one of life’s simple pleasures.  Besides, I’m going to spread the cost by taking it in for lunch tomorrow.

My husband made me promise I’d save him some but unless he gets home fairly soon, it’s not looking good…

 

Androuet (Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6BG) www.androuet.co.uk

Other cheese shops recommended in Time Out are:

Neal’s Yard Dairy (17 Shorts Garden, WC2H 9UP) www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk

La Fromagerie (2-6 Moxton  Street, W1U 4EW) www.lafromagerie.co.uk

Paxton & Whitfield (93 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JE) www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

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