Kappacasein, a food stall in Borough Market, is the first place where I ever heard of and experienced raclette. This is another place that I had on my “must visit again” list and I wandered the market until I found it.
Wait, what’s raclette? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s a big ‘ole round of cheese, from parts of Switzerland and France. The cheese is melted and scraped (literally, as racler is French for “to scrape”) onto a variety of food such as potatoes, pickled onions and charcuterie.
Look at all the cheese smeared over the pepper grinders! Kappacasein uses an Ogleshield cheese (which coincidentally comes from the Montgomery farm that I talked about in my Neal’s Dairy Yard post).
I have found cheese nirvana and it can be found at Borough Market.
More on Bourough Market and their cheese stalls later. For now, I want to tell you about Neal’s Yard Dairy. I stumbled upon this place the first time I was in London and have dreamt of it since.
Specializing in farm cheeses from the British Isles, they have two locations in London – Covent Garden and Borough Market. The one that I like to visit is their Borough Market store as it’s so close to so many more food vendors. Just look at all the cheese in the window and at the entrance!
Neal's Yard Dairy
On a giant table by the door they feature a specific cheese and happily hand out samples. That day they were promoting Coolea cheese, a handmade Irish farmhouse cheese made from pasteurized cows’ milk.
And on the other side of the doorway was a giant display of my favourite cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy – Montgomery’s cheddar. A farmhouse cheddar made from unpasteurized cows’ milk, this cheese is a bit dry, crumbly, nutty, a tiny bit sharp, and oh so delicious.