Monday, 15 July 2013
Cheese tasting at Leadenhall market
For Christmas my sister bought me and James a food tasting experience. There were a lot of options to choose from but for two cheese obsessives there was always one we were going to choose - the cheese tasting at Leadenhall market.
Leadenhall is located in the city of London, right near Bank station, and to be honest it isn't somewhere I've ever thought to go before. It's a mixture of a handful of great independent food shops (wine, chocolate, cheese, basically all the important stuff!) and a few chain-y places such as Pizza Express, Hobbs and Reiss. I think it's basically a one stop place for city types to stock up on posh food and work clothes in a hurry!
When we arrived we were given a talk by Sue, the founder of Cheese at Leadenhall, taking us through all the cheeses they sold. They are a truly independent cheese shop, and so they sell cheese from all over the UK and Europe completely selected by them based on what they love. We then picked out five cheese to try ourselves, accompanied by bread and one of the nicest glasses of red wine I have ever had.
The cheese itself was like a party in my mouth! We went for a mixture of pretty much everything - I love stinky cheeses and the blue-er the better, whereas James prefers a creamier less complicated flavour. The only one we tried which was maybe a bit much was the Stinking Bishop cheese. I liked it, but after one bite James decided it wasn't for him, so I ended up eating two people's share - which was a bit of a mistake!
We ended up coming home with a bagful of cheese, and a bottle of the amazing red wine, though there was no pressure to buy at all, we just wanted everything! And this was despite the fact we were so stuffed full of cheese I barely ate for the rest of the day.
If you are a cheese lover, or know someone who is I would so recommend this experience - it was just so delicious and such an enjoyable afternoon.