a nice visit to the covent garden neal's yard dairy this afternoon. had a nice chat with one of the cheesemongers, in the course of which i probably ate about 4 pounds of cheese in increasingly generously portioned samples. came away with the following:
beenleigh blue--wonderfully fruity, pastuerized sheep's milk.
another wedge of stichelton--tried it first this time and it was a world apart from the one i got at paxton & whitfield
colston bassett stilton--he gave me some for comparison to the stichelton but it was so good i had to get a big wedge.
isle of mull cheddar--reminded me of the old winchester which i'd really liked; unpasteurized.
appleby's cheshire--tried it alongside a red leicester and liked it more; unpasterurized.
tymsboro--an intense raw goat's milk cheese.
they did not have the crozier blue and i forgot to ask about a single gloucester. it's a much smaller store than paxton & whitfield. i asked if the borough market store was bigger; he said it was bigger, on the whole, but that cheese-wise it might be about the same. will check it out late next week, probably.