‘I just love cheese,’ said Helen Venning, the owner of a new cheese shop in Newlyn, to the Cornishman last week. I liked the simplicity of that statement. And, seeing as I just love cheese too, I went down for the opening night on Friday to check out their wares.

Newlyn Cheese – a few doors down from Jelberts – is aiming to have the largest selection of British cheeses in Cornwall, including the phenomenal Rachel from Somerset and all the Cornish crew.

Cornwall has some excellent cheeses – Manallack Farmhouse, yarg, Cornish Blue, Cornish Camembert – but when it comes to stinkiness you have to make a space for the French, which Newlyn Cheese rightly does. As soon as I saw the Vacherin on the counter – one of the most amazingly stinky cheeses known to man – I knew I was in good hands.

Also stocks the unstoppable Vicky’s Bread, a selection of crackers and chutneys, and charcuterie.

Sorry no pic here of the shop front – it was pitch black and slashing with rain.

Newlyn Cheese, 1 New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ T: 01736 368714. W: http://newlyncheese.co.uk/

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