"Brie & the City" – 5 Grate Haunts for a Glasgow Cheese Fix
From stinky gems and creamy queens to sharp classics, cheese is arguably one of the globe’s most versatile food groups. Whether it’s draped seductively over your drunken Saturday night chips, or heartily smothered over pasta and pizzas in your fancy Italian local, trusty fromage is the universal binding agent to national and international dishes alike. This is why we’ve scoured Glasgow’s humble streets to select the best haunts for your weekly (or daily, no judgment) cheese fix! Bon appetit!
George Mewes: 106 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8TB
Nestled in the bustling bosom of Byres Road, chef George Mewes has graced the plains of the culinary world for a hefty twenty-five years, with seven of those trips around the sun specialising exclusively in cheesy charms. The shop itself is laden with the finest artisan delights from the British Isles, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, with pillars of washed rind, blue mould, soft and hard cheeses welcoming customers with the architecture of our gastronomic dreams. The cheese mongers are also on hand to help with any cheese related dilemmas, including the creation of cheese boards with accompaniments for events and dinner parties, wine pairings and even tailor made cheese wedding cakes.
Le Chalet Beaumartin: 518 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8EL
Upon entering this petite establishment, the fragrant tangs of aged cheeses accost the senses with a ferocity that quite nearly induces hallucination, an experience that any cheese lover would find regrettable to miss. It’s quirky décor and vintage French knick-knacks create an atmosphere that is decidedly distinct, an environment that reflects its one of a kind cuisine. Not only is Le Chalet Beaumartin home to a plethora of creations from its neighbour I.J Mellis, but it also applies the cheesy treats with a magician’s touch, conjuring up fondue and raclette that transports the consumer to breezy French valleys and farmhouse kitchens. If that wasn’t enough, it’s BYOB policy makes for a tasting sensation that both pleases your belly and appeases your wallet.
Drygate: 85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT
Since Drygate Brewing Co. built its hoppy hazed empire a mere three years ago; it’s quickly established itself as an integral cog to Glasgow’s craft beer machine. And although its main specialisms lie in cultivating malty marvels, its passion for cheese can often be found beneath its seven peaks as part of the monthly beer club. Pairing beers with locally sourced cheeses and charcuterie as well as speciality bread made from the brewery’s spent grain, these expert tastings level-up the cheese experience, providing a unique partnership that contrasts to the traditional marriage of cheese and wine.
I.J Mellis: 492 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8EW
Established in 1993, Mellis Cheesemongers have forged a reputation in Glasgow’s west end as the pioneers of farmhouse and artisan cheese, filling a gap in the market for pure, high-quality farmhouse creations that pay homage to old-fashioned trading practices while implementing modernised equipment. Though smaller than other merchant cousins such as George Mewes, Mellis cradles its cheese kingdom in a cave-like realm on Great Western road, allowing customers to craft an intimate experience with its products and relish the aromas of its global offerings.
Villiers: 48 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3
The youngest addition to the city’s cheese-eateries, Villiers is a wine bar that unites the delights of croissants and cakes with charcuterie and artisan coffee. With a myriad of mouth-watering cured meats, including aged prosciutto and Bologna’s own mortadella, international hand selected wines and of course, world-renowned cheeses, this joint heightens Glasgow’s cultural diversity with a French flair. The wine and cheese flights are carefully selected to form a taste experience like no other, emphasising the textures and intensities of European cheeses in a setting on Woodlands road that embraces the spirit of both Glasgow’s city centre and west end.
***Words By Mina Green***