The Cheese Lovers’ Guide To Edinburgh
Cheese lovers rejoice, the arrival of November means Cheese Fest (17th-18th November) is back for its second year in Edinburgh after a massively successful first year. And so, with that in mind, we’ve put together a cheese lovers’ guide to Edinburgh to help you find the very best cheese.
- Where: 30a Victoria Street, 330 Morningside Road & 6 Bakers Place
- Fancy staying in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and visiting I.J. Mellis’ original shop? We have the perfect holiday home for you: 54/(8) St Mary’s Street.
Before opening their first shop (located on Edinburgh’s picturesque Victoria Street), founder Iain Mellis had worked in the British cheese industry for almost 15 years! Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength and now there are three I.J. Mellis shops in Edinburgh, as well as shops in both Glasgow and St Andrews. If you’re a cheese lover, the shop is an absolute must-visit! If you happen to visit their Morningside store, don’t forget that they have a cheese lounge to sit back and relax with various treats – yum!
- Where: 3 Dean Park Street
- If you’re looking for a holiday home in the Stockbridge, we think you’ll love 18b Dean Park Mews.
Located in the village-like suburb of Edinburgh, Stockbridge, George Mewes proudly specialises in unusual cheeses that can’t be sourced on most supermarket shelves. They have a carefully balanced selection of world-class British and Continental Artisan cheese for the discerning chef and foodie with great taste.
- Where: 19 Elm Row
- Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town is not only a beautiful location to be based but also very central! 3/(2F2) Great King Street is a fantastic holiday home.
Valvona & Crolla are Scotland’s oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant, as well as being one of Europe’s original Specialist Food Shops! They offer a range of delightful cheeses sourced from the finest producers in Italy. Whether it’s an pungent gorgonzola or a mild parmesan, pop into Valvona & Crolla’s famous cheese counter for a browse.
- Where: 48 Raeburn Place
- Another fabulous Stockbridge holiday home is 88/(TFR) St Stephen Street.
Stockbridge is a cheese lover’s dream and here’s yet another fabulous delicatessen. Henri’s is a premiere specialist French deli who stock a range of artisanal French cheeses. They receive weekly deliveries from the markets of Paris and direct from suppliers all over France. There’s also a lovely cafe to the rear of the shop where you can enjoy lunch or simply enjoy a snack.
- Where: Castle Terrace
- Thinking of visiting Edinburgh? 6/3 Kings Stables Road is a great option plus it’s near to Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market!
Last, but certainly not least, the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is a great place to head to find quality artisanal cheese. It takes place on Castle Terrace under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle every Saturday from 9am-2pm. Listed by Lloyd Grossman as one of the World’s Best Farmers’ Markets. Now in its 18th year, they have a huge variety of fresh local produce from over 35 specialist producers, and more importantly a selection of stalls specialising in cheese.
Featured Home: 18b Dean Park Mews
This smart studio has a lot going for it. Quietly tucked away on Dean Park Mews, Raeburn Place and all the Stockbridge boutiques, cafes and restaurants, is only a couple of minutes walk away.
The ceilings are high with Velux windows letting the light flood in and a remote control to close the blackout blinds. The walls are white, the floors wooden, the furniture simple and relaxed. There’s even a Juliet balcony to allow romantic serenading from below!