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The Big Cheese Shop

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Exmoor National Park, Porlock, England
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Really great range of cheese - even Old Amsterdam, which is hard to find! Lovely coffee and gluten free cake. Small establishment so not much room to sit, but an elderly gent offered us a seat with him at a table - plenty of conversation ensued, what an interesting chap!

Thank Zana63
England, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Called in for a cool drink and a nibble. We had local homemade lemonade and elderflower presse, lovely. The scones were very good indeed, cheese or fruit. Nice little place with a deli to buy some quality foods. Pleasant friendly staff too.

Thank Winks6
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were camping nearby and when seeing the cheese shop could not resist. I am a big cheese lover and ordered a cheese taster board for one, 3 cheeses with crusty bread and two types of chutney. My husband ordered the soup of the day and we ordered two types of coffee. The coffee was tasty but not very warm,... More 

Thank lindafjordan
Lambourn, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We popped it to buy a picnic lunch. Even though ploughmans was not on takeaway menu one was prepared. Separate pots for salad, pickle and chutney. Bread, butter, and cheeses on paper plate all wrapped in cling film. They even gave us a knife and fork. Will go back next year.

Thank Bernadette R
Nigran, Spain
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had several time a pleasant break in this restaurant for a cup of tea or coffee. The food is fresh and well tasty.

Thank John M
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The cream tea came with a still warm large scone,whirtle berry preserve & clotted cream. The tea was brilliant, but ,service slow, staff were nice & personable plus the cafe was clean if small. They also sold preserves local wine & cider.

Thank 843disappointed
New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Lovely warm and relaxed atmosphere along with wonderful service. We enjoyed a lovely cream tea with whortleberry jam ...... Which is definitely a must !! With locally made produce on sale too ,which makes great gifts to take back from holiday ...... This shop is definitely a must to visit in Porlock.

Thank TraceyBadcock
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We came across this fantastic place whilst on holiday - a large range of great and beautifully kept cheeses , pastries to die for , bread , deli items and lovely coffee for those with time to dawdle and enjoy.The owner was equally delightful ,knowledgeable about his stock and most helpful and friendly.

Thank barry23
Bude, Cornwall
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Brilliant food, excellent selection of cheeses. We ate in and really enjoyed the chunky cheese scones (they are BIG!) and the high-quality, delicious cheese tasting platter. great menu, lovely coffee, prompt, helpful and friendly service, very convivial surroundings. Thanks for a lovely lunch!

Thank Rowena H
Swindon, United Kingdom
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362 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this excellent cheese shop by luck. They serve top quality coffee, wonderful cakes, a selection of local produce and hold a range of cheese to match the best in Borough Market. The service is friendly and the owner was knowledgeable and helpful when we enquired about the cheeses. I would disregard the negative earlier reviews as since... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Cafe
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Exmoor National Park, Porlock, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Exmoor National Park  >  Porlock

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?