A visit to the The Fine Cheese Co. will take you on a taste odyssey, introducing you to varieties that will surprise and delight. Ann-Marie Dyas, the founder of the brand was a long time expert, she was passionate about the traditions of cheese making and was responsible for nurturing and supporting the cream of British producers. The Fine Cheese Co. is a maturer, wholesaler, retailer and exporter of artisan British cheese varieties – once tasted, never forgotten. We speak to Monika Koperczuk, Manager of The Fine Cheese Co. on Motcomb Street, about her Belgravia.
Tell us a brief history of your brand – how it all began, what you do and your plans for the future.
We have been cheese specialists for thirty years and Ann-Marie was passionate about introducing farmhouse cheeses to as wide a public as possible. Throughout our history, we have sought, cared for and loved hand-made cheeses from Britain and Europe and have also made it our business to know what flatters it and makes it a new experience. Our dedicated and unique ranges of crackers, fruits, chutneys, and pickles are the result. The Fine Cheese Co., Belgravia is our first London shop venture.
How long have you been based in Belgravia?
We opened the doors to our Belgravia shop and À Table dining in 2016.
What is your favourite memory/anecdote in/about Belgravia?
Christmas in Belgravia is my favourite time of year. The festive lights are always impressive and we look forward to helping our customers pick out interesting cheese selections for their Christmas feasts. The highlight last year was The Met Police Choir carolling in the Halkin Arcade.
Talk us through your ideal day in Belgravia, where would you visit, eat, drink, shop, workout, relax?
I’d start with breakfast at The Fine Cheese Co.; I’m not sure you can beat our coffee or smashed avocado and Graceburn feta on sourdough toast. Then it’s time for a spot of shopping on Motcomb Street and Elizabeth Street. ‘Store’ at the newly opened Pantechnicon is a must-visit for me. When it’s time to relax, I like to wind down with a glass of wine at The Alfred Tennyson.
Where is your favourite spot in Belgravia?
The Fine Cheese Co. of course… but I may be a little biased! The Friendship Bench in the Halkin Arcade is one of my favourite additions to Belgravia. It’s a beautiful spot and the floral arch from Neill Strain is stunning.
What is it that makes Belgravia so unique?
Belgravia has such a strong sense of community. It truly feels like a little village in the heart of the city.