The Team

Cheese at Leadenhall’s Founder & Owner:-
Sue Cloke “Duchess of Cheese” (affectionately called by her team)

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Previously worked:-
Harvey Nichols – as part of the amazing Buying Team that set up the iconic Foodmarket in 1992.
Paxton & Whitfield – London’s most famous Cheese shop in Jermyn St.

Expertise:-
British & European cheeses, especially the artisan and unpasteurised ones
Regularly judges at British & World Cheese Awards.

Favourite Cheese:-
“Comte; for its nuttiness and complexity and Tomme de Savoie ..because this was the cheese that first got me hooked on good cheese ”

Favourite Wine:-
“Chateau du Trignon, Gigondas …as it has depth, lots of rich, plummy flavours and goes brilliantly with different styles of cheese, plus a lovely reminder of an excellent holiday in the region”

Dinner Party guest list:-
“..just George”

Assistant Manager – Fran

Fran at the bar

Previously worked:-
Deli franchise chain managing their daily operations.
Harvey Nichols managing the award winning Cheese counter, closely working with Sue Cloke.

Expertise:-
Fran has been at Cheese since day one – that’s over 10 years ago… assisting Sue in establishing Cheese at one of London’s most favourite destinations.

Favourite Cheese:-
“Quickes mature cheddar; because you can eat it at any time & Reblochon”

Favourite Wine:-
“Primotivo and Chenin Blanc”

Dinner Party guest list:-
“Stevie Nicks, the Duke of Northumberland…. and Beauty (my cat)”

 

Head Chef – Simon 

Chef - Simon BarnettOur classically taught chef Simon Barnett is a mild mannered man yet his passion for   food shines through in all that he creates in the Cheese kitchen.

He has many years experience having perfected his skills at Claridges, the London      Marriot, Harvey Nichols Restaurants and Hush. He also opened the Fat Delicatessen  in  Balham, producing delicious food to enjoy both in the Cafe or at home. His style is very influenced by the Continent and hits the perfect note for a hearty yet stylish lunch in the City.

His Favourite Wine? Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, S Africa

His Favouite Cheese?  Vacherin Mont D’or as it’s rich, creamy and mushroomy

Dream Dinner Party Guests? Sid Barrett, Jerry Garcia, Jacques Cousteau, Cecila, John Lennon, and Gavin Thomas the Dragon Slayer

Bar Manager – Rob

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Rob has been running the wine side of Cheese for over three years now, after  spending many years in all aspects of the bar industry. From humble beginnings  honing his palate as a Mixologist in various cocktail bars throughout London he made  the natural side-step into the wine trade. With a highly trained palate and a love of all  wines, he has helped keep our wine list packed full of regional varietal classics  alongside the more unusual and hard-to-find gems that Cheese has built a reputation  for. And, of course, most importantly, they all match perfectly with cheese! Aside  from the “arduous” task of sourcing the wines for the list, Rob is a judge for both the Sommelier Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.

His Favourite Wine?? “It is hard to choose a favourite from the menagerie of styles, colours and grapes, but, if pressed, I would have to say my favourite would be what I’ve currently got in my glass!”

His Favourite Match? Casa Valduga Cabernet Franc from Brazil…”It is by far the most versatile, I am yet to find a cheese that it doesn’t match with!”

Dream Dinner Party Guests? Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Douglas Adams, David Niven, Aretha Franklin & Lord Byron.

 Barman – Harry

IMG_3593Harry has served food and drink in three continents for more than 20 years. He  has  worked the full gamut – from chucking out drunken punters in a flea-pit in  Hong  Kong to serving champagne to the rich an famous in LA… With the past  ownership  of a strip club in Watford thrown into the mix, it is safe to say Harry  has lived, and  continues to live life to the maximum degree of excitement and  happiness!

His Favourite Red Wine?  Pinotage

His Favourite White Wine? New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

His Favourite Cheese? Isle of Wight Blue

Dream Dinner Party Guests? Arsene Wenger as Guest of Honour, with Goldie Hawn and Jeremy Clarkson and his beautiful wife cooking the food. Harry, of course, would sort out the cheese and wine.

Waitress – Federica 

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Fedi joined the team in July 2016, having been involved in the wine and cheese industry for years. These years of experience were gained not only here in the UK, but also back home in her native Italy. Fedi says that her passions in life are wine and music, and without the pairing of a good wine with even better music, life would be far less enjoyable!

Her Favourite Red Wine? Mezzacorona, Teroldego Riserva

Her Favourite White Wine? Paolini, Z Dry, Zibbibo

Her Favourite Cheese? Brie de Meaux with Black Truffle

Dream Dinner Party Guests? Grace Jones, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Charles Bukowski and Millie Jackson.

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Cheese at Leadenhall
4-5 Leadenhall Market
City of London
EC3V 1LR

Opening Hours:-
Monday 9am-8pm
Tuesday 9am-8pm
Wednesday 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-8pm
Closed Weekends & Bank Holidays

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Ph: 020 7929 1697

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