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The Cheese Room, Rochester

“I took on my first res­tau­rant ven­ture in 2004 with my hus­band Chris, after a ca­reer in the City. Run­ning a fine din­ing res­tau­rant, we be­gan to re­alise that cus­tomers loved the idea of choos­ing their own cheese from a cheese­board menu at the end of their meal. Spe­cial­is­ing in Bri­tish and lo­cal ar­ti­san cheese, the re­sponse was amaz­ing.

Ready to take on an­other chal­lenge, an op­por­tu­nity arose to take on a shop a few doors down from our res­tau­rant in Rochester and so, in 2017, we cre­ated The Cheese Room.

Pri­mar­ily a cheese shop, there is a café space to sit in and try the cheese, whether cof­fee and cheese toasties at lunch, or per­haps a glass of wine and a Bri­tish cheese­board in the evening.

From day one The Cheese Room has been a big hit, with a quirky, ‘Lon­don-feel’ lay­out, knowl­edge­able and friendly staff and a sea­sonal cheesy menu.

Since then, The Cheese Room has ex­panded to in­clude The Cheese Cel­lar – with more seat­ing and a cosy fire, per­fect for a win­ter catch-up with friends.

Christ­mas is our favourite time of year – and busiest. The cheese counter is a mas­sive part of the Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions and we stock more than 30 dif­fer­ent Bri­tish cheeses, con­ti­nen­tal meats and sun­dries that will make the per­fect Christ­mas table.

This year there are also cheese boxes – cus­tomers can choose from two dif­fer­ent op­tions – and The Cheese Room team will fill your cho­sen box with a lovely se­lec­tion of cheese.

We also do ham­pers, made to or­der, to suit ev­ery bud­get. Beau­ti­fully se­lected fine wines, cheese crack­ers, fruit chut­ney and lo­cal craft beers ac­com­pany a great se­lec­tion of cheese, and the café pro­vides the per­fect pit stop for those out Christ­mas shop­ping in Rochester.”

High Street, Rochester ME11JY www.thecheese­room­rochester. co.uk

Julie Small of The Cheese Room, Rochester

ABOVE: Made-to­order ham­pers, can in­clude fine wines, cheese crack­ers, fruit chut­ney and lo­cal craft beers to ac­com­pany a se­lec­tion of our cheeses

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