Friday, 22 February 2013

Vintage Style at The Cheese Kitchen

When we first started renovating the barn for West Egg's studio and workshop, our structural engineer tipped us off about Castle Road in Bedford which is about 15 minutes drive from us. He recommended a place called The Cheese Kitchen and I'm so glad he did! I love this place. In terms of design and decoration it is definitely my cup of tea, as you can probably tell...

I went to meet Helen on Wednesday for a coffee and she gave me a little tour and talked me through some of her cool vintage finds. 

Helen diligently sources a really fabulous selection of food and wines from artisan makers and displays these lovely wares in vintage crates. When they converted what was originally a cop shop (a call in centre to report crime - I had never heard of them) into The Cheese Kitchen, they kept the original fireplace and used vintage pieces sourced from a local antiques dealer for the interiors. I love the clock hanging in the shop and also the vintage barrel which Helen spotted outside the second hand shop a few doors up.

Inside is a lovely original door which leads through to the cheese room. Wow! This is a cheese lover's paradise, all kinds of artisan cheese displayed in a temperature controlled room and ready for tasting. The French 17th century dresser is used for displaying dried meats, barrels of olives and other goodies.

My favourite cheese though was the lovely Pablo Cabrito... not just because I was smitten with the beautiful packaging, it also tastes divine! As someone who doesn't eat cow dairy, goats cheese is my absolute favourite and this one is the bees' knees. It's fair to say that Sarah at Brock Hall Farm in Shropshire has mastered the art of artisan cheese producing and making the goats cheese on site from their treasured herd of Pure Saanen goats. It is just delicious and if you aren't nearby to make the trip to The Cheese Kitchen, you can order from the online shop on their website.

As well as The Cheese Kitchen, Helen and her husband Justin also run a deli and coffee shop two doors up and on weekends they host bistro evenings. This weekend they have a pop up at their bistro featuring Alec Tomasso of Masterchef fame cooking up a 5 course meal for £30....

It sounds incredible doesn't it? Yum! Call Helen at The Cheese Kitchen, 108 Castle Road, Bedford to book on 01234 217325.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Alison, oh my goodness it really is wonderful, definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

  2. What a lovely find. 5 courses for £30 sounds amazing. The menu also looks temptingly good. The cheese look good, will check out their online shop.

    Hope you are having a good week, looking forward to seeing you soon. xx

    1. Amazing value, right?! I really recommend the Pablo cabrito goats cheese - nom nom!

      See you next weekend, so excited! x

  3. What a lovely place... love it was a cop shop:-)

    Now, does Alfie like cheese???? xx

    1. I didn't know what a cop shop was, never heard of them!
      Alfie does indeed like cheese, with cucumber - naturally! x

  4. Love all the pictures! What a beautiful space The Cheese Kitchen is.