Adventures in Cheese

A chronicle of my journey to London to work in a well-known British cheese shop.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Day at Borough Market

Neal's Yard's other, newer outpost is at Borough Market, a sprawling food market near London Bridge with an emphasis on farm-raised and organic goods. The cheese shop at Borough is bigger and brighter, but on first impression seems to lack the cozy charm of the Covent Garden shop.

On Saturday though, it boasts a raclette stand manned by NYD's affineur, Bill Oglethorpe. From the French "to scrape," raclette was traditionally made by holding a half-wheel of cheese over flame until the top layer melted and could be scraped onto your plate. Bill's acquired a contraption which heats his own swiss-style creation, Ogleshield,until it becomes deliciously brown and bubbly. He then scrapes it over potatoes and gherkins. He also serves toasted cheese sandwiches (featured, by the way, in the New York Times).

The queue went around the block, as did the cheesy aroma.

Below are more photos from Borough Market. This is a small sampling of the many cheesemakers, bakers, butchers, and fishmongers at the market. It was so crowded with Christmas shoppers and tourists, taking good pictures was a challenge.


At 3:20 AM, Blogger Peter Egan said...

Nice photos.
Raclette yum!!!
I once ate 7 portions of raclette in switzerland. My swiss friend was grossed out. I was in heaven.
With a wine from neuchatel.
big pete

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Peter Egan said...

Sorry to be such a blog hog!
When you get time and need to get a slight buzz on try to find a real beer and ale pub. There is a web site for the organization that promotes such places and beers. It is When I was a youngun I went to the first annual real beer and ale festival in the Covent Garden it was great fun and we got pissed and were the last to leave.
Big Pete

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