Posted on 16th April 2015
By Richard Cubbin
Rippon Cheese are celebrating their 25th year in business and on my recent visit you can tell why.
Phillip and Karen Rippon are the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to talking about cheese. Phillip greets me on the morning I arrive for my early morning cheese fix wearing his bowler hat and black and white apron.
Situated in Upper Tachbrook Street, the shop is five minutes walk from Victoria Station and boasts over 500 cheeses from across Europe, mainly from France and the British Isles. It is meticulously laid out with a wide selection of goats cheeses in one section, soft sheeps and cows milk cheeses in another and my favourite part of the shop, a maturing room filled with cheeses such as aged Parmesan, Gouda, Gruyere and Cheddar. They also sell a wide selection of chutneys, biscuits and artisan knives and boards. On the whole it’s a cheese lovers’ heaven. Phillip or Karen are always on hand to discuss which cheese is at its best and will never sell you a cheese that hasn’t quite reached its maturity.
Their shop is my first port of call when we are creating a cheese station for events. I have the enviable task of choosing a selection of their magnificent cheeses to display amongst a variety of accompaniments like homemade breads and oatmeal biscuits, fig pyramids and grape trees and our delicious chutneys – apple and pear, grape and shallot, or fennel and orange.
On a recent visit I choose a real favourite of mine, Barkham Blue. It’s produced in Barkham, Wokingham by Two Hoots farmhouse cheese. This is a multi award winning cheese and is made with pasteurised cow’s milk and suitable for vegetarians. The cheese is made in 1.2kg rounds in the shape of an ammonite and has a natural mould ripened rind. It’s a moist blue cheese with a buttery texture and doesn’t have the harshness sometimes associated with blue cheese.
I’ve chosen this cheese to go in a lovely rustic tart of sprouting broccoli, chicory, and walnuts with pomegranate dressing.
Alternatively try it simply with some Alison Price and Co homemade oatmeal biscuits and some delicious Traklements apple and cider chutney also available at Rippon Cheese.
Rippon Cheese is at 26 Upper Tachbrook Street, London SW1V 1SW
Ripponcheeselondon.com 020 7931 0628