Chiswick Cheese Market recognised as one of the best food markets in Britain

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market; photograph David Insull

‘From charcuterie to homemade bread, fresh fish to local cheeses’ the Times newspaper published a selection of ‘great places for alfresco shopping’ this weekend, and it included Chiswick Cheese Market.

The market launched in May in Old Market Place on Chiswick High Rd and has been held on the third Sunday of every month since, and has quickly established a reputation for putting together a high quality group of artisan cheese makers and mongers, both local (cheese from Park Royal, Acton and Putney) and from as far away as Scotland.

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Image above: Saturday’s article from the Times newspaper

Open air markets from Truro to Loch Lomond

The Times Food & Drink weekend section pulled together a list of 27 open air food markets around the country, from Borough Market in London SE1 to the market on the shores of Loch Ness and from Truro Farmers’ Market in Cornwall to Orton Farmers’ Market in Cumbria.

About the Chiswick Cheese Market they wrote:

‘You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate place for a market dedicated to cheese, as Chiswick in west London was originally known as Ceswican, or Cheese Farm.

‘Established in May this year in the Old Market Place on Chiswick High Rd, the market sees stallholders selling more than 100 artisan cheeses and cheese-related products that include ale-washed Renegade Monk from Feltham’s Farm in Somerset and truffle brie from the Marlow Cheese Company’.

Chiswick Cheese Market is in good company. All the markets they’ve chosen sell high quality, usually locally produced food direct from the farmer / producer. At the Orton Farmers’ Market the specialities include locally farmed venison and rare-breed Dexter beef; at the Bath Farmers’ Market it’s outdoor-reared Tamworth pork from the Story Pig in Dorset; Lavenham Farmers’ Market in Suffolk boasts award-winning artisan charcuterie from Dingley Dell on the east Suffolk coast; at Kirkgate Market in Leeds it’s Yorkshire crab and Swaledale cheese from Richmond.

You can buy Wild Highland honey ar the Market at Loch Lomond Shores and locally made wines from the Stroud Farmers’ Market; Penhurst Farmers’ Market in Kent offers craft ciders and Kentish cobnut oil. Borough Market has a more international flavour to it, offering Singaporean style street food and fresh pasta, but Truro Market is no slouch either when it comes to international cuisine, with kimchi, sauerkraut and curtido (Mexican style fermented cabbage relish) on offer. I suspect you can also buy Cornish pasties.

It would be a great way to plan a holiday in the UK, plotting your route from market to market, starting and finishing of course in Chiswick, now we are firmly on the open air market map.

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Lucy Cufflin, one of the Chiswick Cheese Market’s organisers, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We are honoured and thrilled to be included in this list after only three markets. It’s a credit to the quality of the cheese coming from the artisan producers and mongers and we really have scoured the country to find the best.

“It’s really encouraging for us to go on and do more. We have some exciting plans going forward”.

Images above: Chiswick Cheese Market; photographs David Insull

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