|Neil's Yard Creamery|
We didn't buy any cheese at the next shop, Paxton and Whitfield, on this trip, but I've probably bought most of my cheese here over the years. Paxton is located on Jermyn St. in central London, was founded in 1797, and currently holds a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Whales. Paxton's atmosphere is a little more formal than the farmhouse feel of Neil's Yard, but the friendly and helpful service of the staff is truly exceptional. Paxton will always hold a special place in my heart when about 12 years ago, after a conversation with the shop manager about labrador retrievers (and my lab who was then dying of lymphoma), the manager went to the back of the shop and returned with a large slice of cheddar. He told me it was for my dog and had come from Prince Charles' private stash. "Cowboy" enjoyed it as one of his last meals.