Secret Customer Review: Sherwins Cheese Bar

Published on August 21, 2014

By Bridget Masters

A visit to Leicester’s colourful and vibrant market has always been a great way to stock up on seasonal fruit and vegetables; there is always a great atmosphere and plenty of banter. Popping into the new indoor food hall with my husband, I had to admit that it is certainly a great improvement on the old run-down market.

If you are in the area, make a point of stopping at Sherwins Cheese Bar – it will set your taste buds tingling. Sherwin’s Cheeses has actually been trading since 1977 and its attractive new stall offers an enticing selection of the finest of cheeses. It was good to note that local cheese producers are well supported and we were intrigued to spot a cheese with the highly topical name of Bosworth Field, which is produced by the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company. We were offered a sample and found it to be a flavoursome blend of textures, with a crumbly centre which softened to a creamy consistency nearer to the rind.

The stall holders are more than happy to offer samples of any cheese before you purchase and there is certainly a great range on offer including vintage Cheddars with incredibly rich and nutty flavours, gorgeously creamy goats’ cheeses, the tasty and ever popular Stinking Bishop and, our all-time favourite, Old Amsterdam, which has a rich, intense flavour. We certainly intend to work our way through some of these great cheeses.

My husband, ever one to rise to a challenge, sampled some of the new range of Kick Ass Cheddar and announced it to be fantastic; apparently it flies off the shelf so obviously local people enjoy a cheese with plenty of attitude.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.