hello, I am making a raclette this weekend, does anyone know where I can get the cheese locally? Would Borough Market have any? I know I am slightly out of season, so I may make do with Comte, emmenthal etc but if anyone knows????
there is a french cheese stall in borough market on the "green market" side, behind the globe pub. maybe they know where to go, if they don't have any. not sure if they are there only on sat though....
It's worth knowing about Rippon Cheese Stores in Upper Tatchbrook St in Pimlico, near Victoria Station. They have a retail operation, open Saturdays as well as during the week, plus do a lot of cheese plates for resturants and so have a good turnover. Unlike Neils Yard they specialise in continental cheeses, and Philip the owner, I think, was the first Brit to qualify for the French Fromagier Institut, or what ever it is called.
They carry a large stock and have a good range of British cheeses as well. I would be surprised if they did not have Raclette.
There are no parking restrictions on a Saturday, and PImlico also boasts a good range of other shops including two fish stalls and a nice bakers with a good range of German and other breads, as well as the inevitable Sainsburys and Tescos. And the butcher who has a suckling pig in his freezer, and whose wife makes brilliant pies and crumbles.
A journalist I know wrote an article for the Evening Standard where he shopped at the individual suppliers in Pimlico and then bought the same basket of goods at a big name supermarket. The former was significantly cheaper. I certainly am always surprised that buying a range of individual farm cheeses from Rippon Cheese never seems very expensive. Yet so much nicer than anything sealed in plastic.
For anyone close to the West End I would recommend La Fromagerie, just off Marylebone High Street. They have the best selection of french cheeses. Waitrose is not bad either, though less sophisticated. There is also a newly bakery called Le Pain Quotidien - worth the trip to Marylebone.