Cheese and Wine with Ned Palmer

Thursday 12th December, 6.30 pm

Ned Palmer, author of ‘A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles’ will be here to talk about the glories of British cheeses and how best to appreciate them.

Tickets £20.00 (to include a copy of the hardback book) are available at the shop or phone 01206 578584 or email

Some reviews of the book…..

+ A delightful and informative romp through centuries of British cheesemaking … it would make a fine Christmas present, along with a wedge of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester’ (Bee Wilson Guardian)

Palmer writes with pace and passion, and his encounters with modern-day practitioners fizz with infectious delight … Full of flavour (Sunday Times)

Part history, part travelogue and part tasting menu … an utter delight, rousing, infectiously impassioned and inspiring (Stephanie Sy-Quia, The Spectator)

We are taught in school that history is about kings and queens and posh people sitting on horses, but Ned Palmer teaches us that in fact, correctly understood, history is mainly about cheese. I hugely enjoyed his engaging, learned, funny, surprising book. Palmer wears his extraordinary range of knowledge lightly, but he is serious too. His book is history from below, from the perspective of daily life; it talks about the food and the life and the needs of unfamous people. A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles is the best kind of social history, the kind you can eat (John Lanchester)

A beautifully textured tour around the cheeseboard. (Simon Garfield)

A fabulous, fascinating Cheese Odyssey.Following the history of cheese from its neolithic beginnings right up to the modern day, Ned takes you on an entrancing journey through cheese and British history itself, meeting dozens of dedicated cheesemaker’s along the way. Ned Palmer is a erudite, charming guide to all things cheese – and his book will make you want to eat nothing but cheese all day long. (Kate Williams, Historian and broadcaster)