Wonderful. Extremely friendly, helpful staff, and great cheeses many of which you will never see outside of England. Thanks again to the nice guy in a baseball cap who'd recently gotten into a bike accident - you were awesome, and our visit was one of the high points of our trip so far.
We stopped in here to get something to snack on while visiting London. In the USA it is illegal to eat unpasteurized cheese, and we were feeling a bit rebellious, so we were on the hunt for danger!
The cheesemongers here are EXTREMELY friendly and knowledgeable- they have such a clear passion for their craft, it's really refreshing. The two men who helped us on this particular day let us sample more than enough product, and told us all about each of the cheeses we were trying. It was such a fun, relaxed atmosphere. And everything is moderately priced, especially considering how high quality their product is.
There's something special about a place like Neals Yard- where the conversation trumps how much you're spending. They're just committed to really great food- you can't imitate that.
Again a place to buy cheese. You must get so bored reading my cheese reviews.
This shop is a classic and its always busy. That's one star off, as you have to fight your way to the counter. I blame the tourist, but it could also be the great cheese. Who knows?! The choices of cheese range from hard cheddar to soft goats cheese, but the focus is clearly on the hard cheese variety. Soo many choices and the staff is always extremely nice and knowledgable.
Another great thing about it: You can book classes on cheese! Yeah!
Omg, is it even a question whether this should be five stars? I'd give it six, or seven, or eleven. Their selection is fantastic, and the staff are knowledgeable enough to help you find your perfect cheese. (Once I found Coolea, nothing else is good enough.) It's a little tight if there's a cheese rush and you have to queue, but you will be served with a smile and you will be offered a taste of every cheese with no pressure to buy or be in a hurry. The cheeses are not outrageously prized, considering how delicious they are. There's also a good selection of butter, milk, bread, and books about cheese.
Plus: last weekend it was sunny, so one of the staff was handing out tastes outside.
When I m in London for 40 hours and I am stopping here you know they got some good cheese, I mean stinky stuff that taste amazing, divine, nature, you can taste the grass, the terroir(sp?). The cheeses are amazing, the people that work here are knowledgeable and friendly, all they need is to open up a wine shop next door, and put some TVs up and I could spend hours here.
They do have organic/local cheeses not found in our side of the pond so eat away. Best of you to come with a basic knowledge of what you like but maintain an open-mind of what you want to taste otherwise your taste buds will be lost after like the 10th sample.
Awesome! And they go out of their way to sample you on some of the amazing cheeses of the UK. it was the monger on the street with a wonderful Shropshire that lured me into the shop.
These cheese are organic and raw milk and come from a larger wheel. I say this because if you plan to take it across the pond home you might risk it being confiscated at customs. US customs is deliberately vague about many foods carried into the US. From my experience potted or waxed cheese seem OK but not sure on sliced wheels. No matter it's worth enjoying some of the selections before coming home.
Amazing cheeses - and generous with the samples.
Fun to shop here or at places they are sold in the US.
We ended up in this place more or less at random while wandering around London for the first time. More because we had no idea it existed, less because we love cheese and as soon as we saw it we had to check it out.
It's overwhelming when you first walk in. There's an amonious waft that makes you stand up at attention, and a few minutes later totally starts giving you a pleasant, bubbly, cheesey contact high.
The younger workers there seem not to have developed a tolerance to it. Our second time there they were downright giddy, urging customers to try this, that, and the other thing. Of course kids high on cheese can be pranksters too. This one offered us a slice of the Stinking Bishop before we'd heard about the Stinking Bishop. If you haven't tried it, it's a delicious semi-soft cheese with a rind. He cut us some samples and handed them over from his knife to our bare fingers (giggle giggle). Three days and twenty-odd handwashings later the Bishop was still very much with us.
Wow!!! Its so cheesy good to accidentally discover Neal's Yard Dairy. We pop in here one day purely out of curiousity and from then on we are hooked. This is the place to satiate your taste buds and learn about your food all at the same time. It has been so wonderful experience here thus far. Each time we come in we feel as if we are given a personal and expert attention by the staff. They assisted us in selecting the cheese/s we want, provide us with sample slice, giving us background of where the cheese was from and how old (mature) it is. They were also very patient in answering our questions as well as making expert recommendations.
From what I have learned they sell local cheeses from London and within UK as well as from other countries. We recently got this wonderful cheese from the US (Wisconsin) that they get once a year. It was really delicious! We also had some scrumptious cheddar, goat and blue cheese. Price-wise this is within the average range. Expect to spend £20 or more when you visit but you will definitely enjoy it.
Tip: Be sure to keep your receipts as the names of the cheese are printed there so it will be easy to remember for next time.
If I had to choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life I can safely say that it would be cheese.
This place is a stinking shop that sells the most amazing array of cheesey delights. Leave your diets at the door ladies because here comes some saturated fat that so exciting you'll want it to spend a lifetime on your lips and hips.
What makes this place so magical is...
- the happy cheese elves who let you nibble on their cheeses and explain the magical qualities in each of them.
- the fact the door is so small and the queue is always falling out of it but once you step inside there is so much cheese it is suprising, a bit like the wardrobe in Narina!
- You leave with a fragrance that won't lift all day and you'll get strange looks traveling on the tube going home.
- the cheese is alive!
On days that I choose to ignore everything medical school taught me about diet, nutrition, cholesterol and LDL levels, I wander down to Covent Garden for a double whammy of high fat content treats.
I start at Scoop for some yummy gelato and then wander a minute down the road to Neal's Yard Dairy. This is cheese heaven. They usually have something with wonderful aroma just outside to stimulate the olfactory senses and get you to float into the shop like those cartoon characters on TV following their noses! Inside, you'll find a frightening array of cheeses but fear not for the friendly staff are on hand to offer advice and little tastings. Don't be intimidated if you don't know your Caerphilly from your cheddar or your stilton from your stinking bishop because they will guide you gently towards your precious purchase. They specialise in British cheeses with a few European ones thrown in.
Good cheese isn't cheap and should be savoured like a good wine, sliver by sliver. Hence, I would recommend that you also pick up some accompaniments to the cheese from the shop - proper crackers and condiments like quince jelly, which will enhance and contrast well with the cheese - again, the staff can make appropriate suggestions.
Inspired by Evelyn M description of 'homage to fromage' in her review of La Fromagerie, I will conclude my review by saying that this shop is the bee's knees for cheese!
The knowledgeable and generous cheesemongers at Neal's Yard are like drug pushers at the playground urging you to try their wares. Or they are trying to fatten me like the Wicked Witch in order to put me in a cage and then eat me.
Either way, I like it.
A little mom and pop like cheese shop. They have about 20 something? flavors to sample just from eyeballing. You can get lost in cheese here. Cheese brained myself out of this store.
I like cheese. But it was my last day and I wasn't going to smuggle cheese because I don't LOVE it.
They do provide you with samples. They have cheese from everywhere not just of the English variety. I read "Wisconsin" on one listing. I guess Wisconsin does make good cheese? I'm a little jaded about that as an American.
They have sheep and goat varieties as well.
I had to go because of the reviews and a friend raved about it. I went in thinking cheese is as cheese does.......au contraire, mate! I have experienced the penultimate cheese shop. Ok, perhaps I am going overboard there a bit, but this place is a must go to if you fancy a bit of cheese. We sadly found the place just moments before they were to close else we would've had more samples :)
A smile of contentment fell across hubs face (he is a Brit) as we entered and he read the names of some of the many varieties they had. I went in and said "hey! got any Stilton?" Why this cheese you may ask? Because hubs had gone on about the cheese once so we visited a shop here in the states and bought some. Worst tasting cheese ever!!!!! Hubs informed me that yes it was the worst because it was the worst attempt at Stilton he had ever come across.
So they slice a bit of it off for me and I now know what he meant. The stuff is good if it comes from a good maker. I really wish we had gone back later and gotten some cheese with those oat biscuits they had in the shop....next time for sure!
This is a "must do" on every trip to London. Cheese is one of the food products that people coming to the USA can bring in to the country, so I locate some cheeses I am sure I can't find in Dallas and bring those back.
The trouble is, cheese smells. On the plane especially.
Nonetheless, this is the perfect cheese shop. Lots of local, many artisinal cheeses staffed by people who really care. It is pricy, but oh so good. On this trip nearly £60 worth of cheese - which will be shared with my good friend Rich from Scardello in Dallas.
Pfff...hardly worth writing up.
There is traditional/artisan cheese from all around the UK, it's passionately presented by folks who ply you with free samples and care about all the interesting bits, from origin to variety to ripening stage, and you will leave happy.
Maybe it's pricey, but...that's what good cheese is, anywhere. I initially walked about 20 feet past the storefront, stopped, thought a bit, and spun around. Because I knew, and I was right.
I asked "Do you ever get fed up of eating cheese?", she responded "Yes - you hit a point in the day where you can't eat any more...then you get past it and carry on eating".
That's just a snippet of my conversation with the girl behind the counter at Neal's Yard Dairy and upon hearing those words I knew they were my kind of people.
I popped in quickly to buy a selection of cheese as a gift for a friend. I decided on a cheddar, a goats cheese, a blue cheese and a Parmesan...I think, to be honest I was high on the cheese fumes...and this involved trying about 3 of each kind, of course, to perfect my selection. My sister and the sales girl also tried each one, to support me in my decision making.
If you love cheese, or know someone that does, this is a brilliant gift...or just an excuse to go and try lots of cheese in the name of research!
Amazing...the ultimate visit for any cheese lover. Goat cheese, blue, cheese and a variety of everything else you could imaging. Superdelish!
If you're anything like me -- I like to snag a late night snack when traveling. Snag a bottle of wine and some cheese / crackers from Neals Yard Dairy....and you have a heavenly late night snack.
A must visit...
Neals Yard has quite possibly some of the nicest cheesemongers I've ever interacted with. We must have sample six different local cheeses (and the adorable British child next to us must have sampled at least ten, each time inquiring "Mummy, can we sample mo' cheese, please?") before settling on two small snacking chunks and a pack of irish soda crackers, which we immediately devoured while sitting on a bench outside the store. For folks in NYC - I was happy to see that Dean & Deluca and Murray's carries a pretty good selection of their cheese, so I can continue to indulge from the other side of the pond!
Some of the best cheeses in the world can be found at Neal's Yard Dairy. You will not believe the prices that a slab of Montgomery Cheddar will command here in the States. Happiness is: having some Stilton with fruit or chutney, making a insalata caprese with buffalo mozzarella, or having four day old goat's cheese with tomatoes and crusty bread.
In addition, the cheese-mongers are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful and the location tends to be less crowded than the one at Borough Market can be.
Full stop, if you love cheese, you MUST come here.
Cheese glorious cheese.
Thats the cheesiest intro I could come up with, or is it.
Neals Yard Dairy adds a splendid cheesy stink to this area rich in quality consumerism. Offering a great selection of classic and artisan British cheeses this is a must for cheese lovers. And the service is second to none, they are so helpful. I love cheese, I love the foreign stuff best and thats just the way it is. Give me a old lump of comté or a wedge of cabrales and I'm happy. Are they like fine wines best enjoyed slice by slice? I have no idea I don't drink but I know when I eat cheese I eat plenty.
You know what middle class foodies really are a bunch of perfumed ponces................... and my favourite perfume is coloniali!
And of course that bloke from Blur, he makes cheese now. See how cool it is.
I'm smuggling cheese home in my suitcase ... is what I told my cheese loving best friend back in the states.
This how good it is: I noticed the sanitary cloves worn by the workers are not taken off to process your order. They touch everyone's dirty little credit cards with those gloves and then touch your cheese. I still ate it. And enjoyed it. Whatever.
I love cheese and any place that treats cheese like a religious experience gets 5 stars in my book.
I had heard about Neals Yard from many of the guide books that I had read about London, but I was not prepared by just how humble it was. It is tucked away off of the main road and is rather unassuming. I passed it about 4 times before I finally realized where it was.
When you walk in, you will be amazed by the selection of cheeses that are available. I had originally intended just stopping in and seeing what all the fuss was about, but after speaking to the staff (all who love cheese just as much as the patrons), I decided to splurge and a slab of deliciousness!
Being a bit overwhelmed by all the choices, the girl who was helping me started asking a series of questions about what I was looking for in a cheese (hard or soft, cow-goat-or sheep's milk, etc.) and then started slicing off small slivers for me to sample. When I finally decided on a type (which I don't remember at the moment) she carefully carved a piece off a slab and then wrapped it up in paper.
I also would often get their sheep's milk yoghurt which is creamy and with great flavour that I've never quite tasted in a cow's milk yoghurt.
Cheesetastic. That is all I can say. You can smell this place from 15 yards away which for a cheeseaholic like me is my idea of paradise yet for others who have to work on this street could be a little overbearing!
This shop specialises in cheeses from the British Isles, and therefore is a wonderful lesson in British cheese varieties (although I did spot a French and Italian cheese or two). The shop is stacked to the rafters with huge truckles of cheese and the counters proudly display enticing wedges and tasters. Classics like Wensleydale and Cheddar perch next to more curious cheeses such as Little Ryding and Stinking Bishop.
The staff are clearly overworked - the shop is often teeming punters but they still remain very jolly and happy to answer questions. Maybe they're high on cheese. You can find other delights here such as Barry's tea and tasty crackers too.
Neal's Yard Dairy in Covent Garden is an amazing cheese shop. There are cheese shops and there are cheese shops, this is THE cheese shop! When I go in it smells wonderfully of cheese! They have a wide variety of fantastic British cheeses in the case and I always spend several minutes just going through the case trying to figure out what I want.
The staff is great and to help me with my selection they are happy to cut off slices of as many cheeses as you like. Just a tip, if you have them cut off several slices of cheese please make sure you don't leave the shop empty handed, to be honest, I just don't see how that's possible. After you taste the cheese you won't be able to leave Neal's Yard empty handed. I know that for me, whenever I enter Neal's Yard I walk away with a lighter wallet but happy taste buds.
Oh Neal's yard, how I miss you so.
The best cheeses of all varieties. The friendliest staff that let you taste everything with tons of patience. The most knowledgeable staff- for what cheeses go with what, how they were made, and how the cheese will ship (even back to the US in luggage).
The cheese isn't cheap. But its worth every penny. And tasting is free. So go and have a taste! If you are from north america and are only in London a few days I think its something you need to experience. Unless you also happen to live in France part of the year- and even then, you won't be disappointed.
Whenever I am nearby, I go out of my way to step into Neal's Yard, and deeply inhale the aromas. It's one of those rare pleasures that makes life worth living.
Prior to coming to England, I was unaware of the wealth of English Cheeses. If anyone doubts this country's culinary stature, do not argue with them - bring them here and they will concede the point.
The staff are expert and are always willing to provide advice and samples. Which is crucially important as the artisanal cheeses can vary relatively substantially, for reasons that the staff can explain far better than i dare to.
I shop here (well, usually the borough market location) whenever possible.
Go to covent garden. Walk down to seven dials, and wait outside the Cambridge theatre for a second. Breathe in. Breathe out. Take a long good sniff of the air. If you follow your nose to the cheesey scent emanating from a side road, you will find your steps leading to the fromagerie brittania, (or neals yard dairy in laytalk)
With barrels of cheddar lining the windows, to the goat/sheep/cow soft cheeses piled upon the slate countertops, this cheesemonger is the crème de la unpasteurised crème of British cheese:
Lincolnshire Poacher, Montgomery's cheddar, Irish Coolea, Gorwood Caerphilly, Innes logs, Stinking Bishop and cheese I can't pronounce greet the nose and the eyes with each gaze around this cheese Disneyland.
Try the wonderful quince paste, and any cheese you want. And if you haven't ever eaten the Colston Basset Stilton, you simply must. It is without doubt, the best cheese on the planet
It's hard to think that I've been shopping from them since they started up in Neal's Yard (30 Years ago?) and thankfully they have pretty much retained the high quality over the years.
Their stilton, cheshire, cheddars are all excellent. They do aim for and achieve a certain rustic-ness that will not be to everyone's taste, but I know it is to mine. I've often bought cheese from here to take to a dinner party as an unusual gift.
They also make excellent sandswiches from their cheese - not to be forgotten if you are in the area at lunchtime!
This is a brilliant little-known place in the heart of Convent Garden.
There are a few restaurants in the yard, including a vegan/vegetarian restaurant and salad bar, and a world cuisine restaurant and pizzeria.
There is a very good hairdressers, that supposedly Peaches Geldof is know to use, a Slam City Skates Skate Shop, and a few other "Niels Yard" buisnesses (Bakery, Dairy, Remedies) and many other shops:
It is also famous as one of the places where the famous comedy program "Monty Pythons Flying Circus" was written. (there is a blue plaque commemorating this).
The Neals Yard Cheese store is an amazing store located near to Covent Garden. They sell a good variety of cheeses from British to continental ones. The store is not very big but it is always full which is a good signal. They have some specialities difficult to find anywhere else.
The prices vary depending on the type of cheese but are not very expensive.
I have tried several cheeses from this shop and I was always very satisfied with the quality (and the taste!).
The staff is very friendly and let you taste the cheese before buying it, they also can help you to choose the perfect cheese for every occasion.
You also can order online.
I admit I never would have thought of going out of my way to buy cheese anywhere but Sainsbury's (blushes) so it was kinda a new experience to stop in here when a co-worker just needed to pop in.
I've never seen so much cheese - I've obviously lived a sheltered life.
I only bought a small piece of the Lancashire when I went back on my own, I felt badly because I took ages with the nice people going out of their way to help my 'try' and learn before I found something perfect...
I'm really looking forward to going back and making the perfect cheese plate for my next dinner party - now if only I could find a place like this for the wine...
Since 1979 Neal's Yard Dairy has had a passion for the very best in farm cheeses. Specialising in providing quality cheeses from small and often family run producers in the British isles, the selection is succulent and matured to perfection.
According to Matt Owen, manager at Neal's Yard Dairy, they like to think of themselves as 'the best cheese shop in Britain.' Perhaps that is because they take the time to ensure that effort is put into the maturation process. This means getting the temperature and moisture correct, so that your purchase is the tastiest ever. There has been a conscious decision made to not sell an extremely large range of cheeses, but to offer a smaller range with much greater care. They offer a limited choice which they know can be passed on to you in the best possible condition.
Once inside the small store, you are able to have a taste test of anything you want. This offer includes the different oils, chutneys, and yoghurts that are available, and of course the cheeses. In this way you always know just what you will be taking home.
There is next day courier mail service available so when ever you get that craving for a nibble of Montgomery's Cheddar, Colston Bassett Stilton, Appleby's Cheshire, or any of the other tasty varieties available it is only a phone call or a trip to Neal's Yard Dairy away!
Neal's Yard Dairy
19 Short's Gardens
London, WC2H 9UP
Telephone: 020 7240 5700
or for mail orders:
telephone: 020 7645 3555
If you're a cheese freak then you can't go to London without a visit to this cheese shop in Neals Yard. It's 5 mins walk from the main Covent Garden square, and can be difficult to find if you've not been there before, so print out a map this site provides.
They stock hundreds of cheeses, most of which you will never have heard of. They'll happily provide you with a sample, and you could spend all day checking out all the various cheeses, but you'll soon find some that you'll love and have to take home. The shop is pretty small, but that adds to its appeal, and the staff couldn't be more helpful. Prices aren't cheap, but you are getting exclusive, unusual cheeses, that will be talked about at any dinner party.
i once met someone who said they didnt like cheese. we couldnt be friends anymore. you. dont. mess. with. cheese.
that being said, this place is great. i recently worked on an event for my school and they were absolute cheese angels helping us get what we needed, and under budget too! the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and super friendly, really taking the time to talk us through everything, explaining the how and the why of it all.
can i come again? please? like right now? it was a pleasure.
and you know... the cheese was good too.
I don't have a lot to add to the other very detailed and accurate reviews here, but I'd like to thank the other reviewers for the tips, especially Katie B. I spent quite some time (half an hour? I don't know as I lost track of myself) sampling loads of cheese, with the cheese man...then apples and pears...wow. Walked out with $25 of Coolea, Beenleigh Blue and Bramley apples, which were so worth it. Learned a ton and had a ball!
What can I say, I'm a sucker for good cheese. I was intoduced to their amazing products at the Seattle Cheese Festival and few years back. When my wife and I were in London last summer, we stumbled up Neal's Yard in Covent Garden area - what an experience! They treated us like we had made an appointment. The English White Cheddar has the perfect blend of bite, crumbled-crunch, and salty goodness that makes us come back over and over. Back in Seattle, you can get a few of their cheese at The Cheese Cellar in Fisher Plaza or Delirates in Pike Place market.
Heaven. Heaven. Heaven. Fabulous cheeses, great sampling, excellent customer service. I am so in love with this place. If you like cheese, honor cheese, adore cheese and dream of cheese, please make this your sanctuary as well.
Cheese, glorious cheese! If you love cheese and you are in London, this is definitely a place to go! I hit the one at Borough Market my first morning in London (there for 5 days), and bought several cheeses to put in my apartment fridge for brekkie .... and they gifted me a half loaf of a wonderful bread they were sampling that day, as I didn't need a whole one! Simply fabulous place!!!!
Being a cheese lover & fan of Neals Yard this place was like mecca for me. I had been wanting to come here but could not figure out where it was located. So finally on my 3rd trip, I was able to enter the Neals Yard Dairy shop. What a letdown! It wasn't super busy-there were 3 men in there besides me, but I could not get anyone to even acknowledge I was in the shop. They were giving out samples right and left to the other customers in the shop but not me. There was even a man who walked in as I was standing there waiting getting frustrated and I heard someone say to him "would you like a sample while you wait?". Wow. I left without buying anything and can't give more than1 star for my experience. Awful.
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