The Cheese Society
The Cheese Society of Lincoln is a superb purveyor of cheese that doubles as a top-notch café.
The counter is as extensive as you’ll find anywhere. It focuses on hard-to-find farmhouse cheeses – many unpasteurised – made by mainly small, independent producers. These include local luxuries such as Cote Hill Blue and Lincolnshire Poacher, English favourites like Colston Bassett Stilton and Cornish Kern, and European delights like Raclette and Comte. Moreover, the team has a real joie de fromage, which shines through as soon as you walk through the door.
This passion translates to the way it sells its goods. There’s a clever in-store lucky dip that allows you to discover new cheeses, while the subscription Cheese Club is a great idea.
When you visit, save some time to eat in the cafe (walk-in only, no bookings). Options include various cheese boards, Lincolnshire plum bread with Godminster Cheddar, Melted Raclette, Lincolnshire Rarebit, Tartiflette and Double-Baked Gruyere & Parmesan Souffle.
This is a family-run business that founder Kate O’Meara launched in 1997. It continues to go from strength to strength. For opening times, check the Cheese Society of Lincoln website.
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