5a Porchester Place,
020 3441 8010
Artisan cheese monger selling British and European cheeses to eat in, plus a range of toasted sandwiches with salad. Wine, beer, cider and soft drinks also available.
Buchanan’s looks as much the well-to-do neighbourhood cheese monger as is possible, yet the business started out with very different intentions.
Rory, the owner, had worked for a large cheese distributor and longed to open his own business on a smaller scale, saying “as businesses grow, parts of the service tend to suffer – there’s nothing wrong with that growth of course, I just wanted to do something different.”
So he started his wholesale business and founded the shop by accident, as the lease on the premises required it to be used a shop.
The cheese counter is now a glorious thing to behold, full of classics and an ever-changing rotation of new and interesting cheeses such as the rich, buttery Rollright from King Stone dairy.
Rory supplies cheese to some of the best high-end restaurants in London, such as The Ledbury and Medlar, and in fact the former was his very first customer – not bad going for a start up.
As well as cheese platters, which Buchanan’s will build for you to eat in the shop, they do a nice little sideline in cheese toasties.
They’re made the old school, proper way, on a scallop-edged Breville toastie machine – a British classic reinvented with some seriously high quality fillings. Think ham and Quicke’s Cheddar, saucisson, cornichons and Comte, or Manchego, chorizo and capers.
Alongside the toasties and straight up cheese appreciation there’s room for pickles, crackers and wine, and the latter can be especially appreciated at their cheese and wine master classes, an excellent introduction to cheese and wine matching.
Cheese Tasting at Buchanan’s Cheesemongers, 5 July
As part of Connaught Village’s 150 Anniversary, Buchanan’s Cheesemongers will be hosting cheese tasting from 3-7pm during the Connaught Village Summer Party – A Walk Through Time. The cheese tasting will reflect the theme of the Summer Party by offering different age profiles of cheese to highlight the journey through time. The day will also include an immersive walk through time, expect a journey through the ages with food and drink, live music and street entertainment spanning the last 150 years to the current day. This fun, free event is the perfect way to celebrate such an important anniversary with The Church Commissioners.