Neal's Yard Dairy

Shopping, Specialist food and drink Covent Garden
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Neal's Yard Dairy

A thoroughly British shop with a traditional French attitude to cheese retailing in that, like an affineur, Neal’s Yard buys from small farms and creameries in Britain and Ireland, and matures the cheeses in its own cellars until they're ready to sell in peak condition. It’s best to walk in and ask what’s good today – you’ll be given various tasters by the well-trained staff. Also on sale are oat cakes, English apples (in season) and top-drawer books on cheese and other food. Around Christmas-time, the queue for stilton and Montgomery’s cheddar often runs down the street, so it's just as well the company also has a sizeable shop just off Borough Market.

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Venue name: Neal's Yard Dairy
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Address: 17 Shorts Gardens
London
WC2H 9AT
Opening hours: Open 10am-7pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Sophia M
tastemaker

Did anyone say cheese? Neal's Yard is THE place to go if you are looking for excellent cheeses, mostly from British producers and some carefully-selected imports. My personal favourites and best recommendations are Colston Baset (blue, strong and creamy), Montgomery Cheddar (rich cheddar, full of character, a classic), Beenleigh Blue (another blue, unique and on the salty side), Coolea (a hard cheese, yellow and fruity) and their barrel aged Feta cheese (imported from a small dairy run by monks on the greek island of Lesbos - which is clear evidence of how carefully they select their suppliers!). These guys definitely know what they are doing; they always give great recommendations, they give you tastings and are always happy to serve you. 


Go to Neal's Yard, get yourself some great cheese, buy a nice bottle of wine, maybe add some chutney and sourdough bread to the mix and that's dinner sorted! :-)  

Izzy K
Tastemaker

My favourite London cheese shop. The selection is not massive, but you won't find a bad cheese in here. The stuff is friendly and knowledgeable and they let you taste all cheeses before purchase. Apart from delicious cow, sheep and goat cheese selection (all come from British Isles), you can find everything your need for a cheese feast: crackers, jellies, bread and chutneys. There's a little selection of other products like butter or cream too. If you want to know more about their lovely produce, you can book one of the regular classes like cheese and wine matching.

dwoodle
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Thoroughly fab store with a bewildering array of every type, style and taste of cheese!

jutney
Tastemaker

This shop is THE dream for cheese lovers. Perfect place to take cheese aficionado, touristy friends; or just to go and buy very good product. It seems quite small [mainly because the shop is divided in two (cheese and other dairy products), but you actually have an enormous amount of options – it’d be a little overwhelming if it wasn’t for the great, friendly and knowledgeable salespeople there to help you choose, suggesting and letting you try some varieties. But be aware: you still gonna take home more than you planned!

Grace I
Tastemaker

They know their stuff. Trust what they say and be adventurous in your cheese-buying adventures. Sample everything offered, and you'll never buy plastic-wrapped cheese in the supermarket again. 

Kirsty S
tastemaker

Don't be fooled into thinking the best cheese in at Borough Market.. it's just behind it! Neal's yard is my all time favorite go to place for cheese. It offers a fantastic variety with the best personal service. The staff love to offer samples and advise and I learn something new everything time. Pricing is good too. This isn't just  a shop, it is an experience to be enjoyed and loved and inspire you new flavours of cheese!

Joss B
Tastemaker

Easily the finest purveyor of British cheeses in London, the staff are all well informed friendly and incredibly helpful at finding you those cheeses you want and never knew you wanted.

JJ G

i can't leave london for christmas with out stopping in and stocking up!