La Fromagerie Marylebone, London
La Fromagerie is a little slice of cheesy heaven set amongst the chi-chi shops of London’s Marylebone High Street. From the moment you spy its alluring display of rather beautiful seasonal fruit and vegetables by the entrance, you know you’re going to be lured inside to fall under its magical spell.
- Taste artisan cheese
- Eat lunch
- Cheese tasting evenings
- Seasonal suppers
Patricia Michelson inadvertently started her business on a ski trip to Meribel. While most of us are happy to return from a ski-ing holiday with a bottle of Génépi des Alpes, she drove home with an entire wheel of Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage. Once back in London, she successfully sold the cheese from her garden shed. Patricia now has three specialist cheese shops (Marylebone, Highbury and Bloomsbury,) and a thriving wholesale business in London.
Share the Passion For Good Cheese
Her passion for cheese and her flair for good food shines all around and La Fromagerie has matured into a wonderful retreat for foodies in need of cheese sustenance, camaradie and a warm welcome. If you can’t make it to the Alps, this is the closest you can get to it in London.
Admire The Cheese Room
The cheese is all sourced from artisan producers and stands proudly on display in the temperature controlled cheese room. British cheeses sit alongside those from France, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Italy and the United States.
Cheese Tasting Notes
- Stinking Bishop is a soft melting cheese from Herefordshire that’s been washed in a perry from a variety of pear called Stinking Bishop (hence the name)
- Flower Marie is an East Sussex cheese with grassy, earthy overtones which goes well with red wine
- Vacherin Haut-Doub – Each wheel is wrapped in a collar of bark harvested from local spruce forests, imbuing the cheeses with sappy depths
- Watch out for the programme of special events. Past ones have ranged from an evening with Michel Roux to a ‘High Mountain Cheese and Wine Tasting With Ski Chalet Quiz’
- At the Marylebone café, they host seasonal suppers on Monday nights and on Friday nights, you can go for a ‘Cheese, Charcuterie and Wine’ evening
- Visit La Fromagerie on a sunday and you can have a browse around Marylebone Farmers’ Market
- Fancy learning new cookery skills? The excellent Italian cookery school – La Cucina Caldesi is nearby
- Looking for a gift? Check out Patricia’s excellent book ‘Cheese’ in our guide to the Best Gifts For Cheese Lovers
Cheese Lover’s Tip
Serve baked Vacherin with steamed potatoes for dipping, slices of cured meat and gherkins. Add a splash of white wine to the cheese before baking it in the oven.
Where to Stay in London
This stylish property close to Victoria Station offering individually designed rooms and an all-day restaurant.
Rooms from £175 a night.
They tell me that small and calm dogs are allowed to visit.