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Jun 21, 2011 04:21 PM

Where to buy GOOD Cottage Cheese in London

As per the topic, I'm looking for good cottage cheese in London.

In Canada I buy a 2% fat cottage cheese (the norm) and the cheese curds aren't dry, and the 'liquid' is fairly runny. In London, I've tried most and found either the fat content to be way too high (Waitrose-brand is massively creamy), or if low-fat, to be dry and basically inedible.

I've tried all Waitrose varieties, some fancy schmancy Jersey Farms, and Sainsburys Be Good to Yourself brands, and have been massively disappointed in all.

Anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. My favourite was Longley, which is expensive, but I now buy the Lidl regular version. Lidl also has a light one. Both have dry curds. I have been sticking solely to the Lidl version as it is about a third of the price of Longley. Longley usually available in health food type stores. I have been disappointed in all other cottage cheese I have tried with the exception of one I bought in a farm shop in Somerset.

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    1. re: cathodetube

      Hmmm... thanks for the heads up! I'll give it a try.

      If you ever happen to venture into North London you could consider popping into a Israeli/Jewish supermarket and buying some Israeli cottage cheese -- its practically their national food. It's just a bit far for a bit of cheese for me....!

      1. re: brokentelephone

        Too far for me too. Used to live in NW11/NW3/NW6. I miss the bagels! Where in London are you? I think Longley is available in some Holland and Barretts, maybe in Whole Foods and places like that. It is sometimes available in my local 'health food' store but as I said, I have gone over to the Lidl version and usually buy about 4 cartons a week.

    2. I've never found cottage cheese here in the UK that I liked, but recently I bought some Longley Farms at Selfridges. It was just a small container, but it really tasted more like what I'm used to. I haven't found anywhere that sells it near where I live, so I'm rather out of luck.

      I'll give Lidl a try as suggested... never thought of that.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        Please let me know if you do -- I'm deeply disturbed by the cottage cheese situation.

        1. re: brokentelephone

          I'll see what I can find at our local Lidl. I find that each store seems to carry different items. We happened in at the one in New Maldon a week or so ago after a meal at Sorabol and they didn't have the lasagna that someone had mentioned as being good - couldn't find it in my local either.

          Try making your own cottage cheese... it's just like paneer, which is simple, but I guess one would have to add sour cream or something else to make it more creamy. We need our diet food!!

          1. re: brokentelephone

            My local Lidl didn't seem to have the cottage cheese. :-( My husband stopped in but didn't ask if they were just out of it or don't carry it ever. I'll check again.

            1. re: zuriga1

              They can run out of things. I was looking for some fromage frais with fruit that they carry the other day and it wasn't on the shelf but had been for the last 3 weeks, which is when I discovered it. Lidl do 2 types of cottage cheese; the very low fat version is in the Linessa range. I haven't tried that one. Was looking at some food chat websites today which all rated the Lidl cc. I wonder who makes it.

          2. re: zuriga1

            If you liked the Longley, which is also what I mentioned above, then you will like the Lidl version. I buy the regular one.

            I also like their hummus.

            1. re: cathodetube

              Longley is yummy......don't they still do it in Holland and Barrett"s? Used to

              1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                Longley Farm products are available in most supermarkets here in Yorkshire. They're all good quality but not considered a premium brand or anything, so aren't at all expensive. Their yoghurts are good too (try the rhubarb or blackcurrant).

                Branches of Morrison's supermarket sometimes stock them even in London, the cottage cheese will set you back about 90p. Would be interested to hear how much they were charging for it in Selfridges!

                1. re: NorthernFood

                  The Goodness Direct website says they charge £1.07 for 250g and 57p for 125g. Pretty sure I have paid well over a pound for 250g. I also saw that Planet Organic sell 250g in London for about £1.20.

                  1. re: cathodetube

                    Just over an English pound for 250g in my local wholefood shop. I also rate the Lidl (regular) cottage cheese. The Greek yoghurt is also excellent. Had no idea they did fromage frais as well!

                2. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                  I didn't think of Holland and Barrett. I'll check there.

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    I've never seen it at Holland and Barrett, but will go and keep my eyes peeled.

                    I actually tried some Waitrose 'West Country" CC and it was good -- still a bit rich, but tasty.

                    On a side note: I was looking at Amsterdam posts, and came across some by you (Zuriga1) -- a friendly 'face' in another forum; i'm going to try the indonesian you recommend (if i can drag my father out of our hotel)!

                    1. re: brokentelephone

                      Saw the West Country Waitrose online last night - quite expensive isn't it?

                      1. re: brokentelephone

                        I live in a small town and I think our Holland & Barratt and Lidl are not as well stocked as other branches. I went to both today on the 'quest.' Lidl did have small tubs of cottage cheese so I bought one. I think it was called Pic -Fresh or something like that and made in Germany. It was OK.. not as tasty as Longley's but quite dry, which is OK with me.

                        The H&B doesn't stock any cottage cheese as they are right across the shopping centre from a Sainsbury's.

                        The Indonesian place is a very good one.....and there are so many places to try in Amsterdam.. have a great time. Our last trip was on the company and boy, did we splurge.

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          HI June --- I tried the Lidl one last night too, thought it was pretty good. Certainly best of the supermarket cottages cheeses I've tried and that includes waitrose

                          1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                            Good news! I think it's definitely superior to any of the supermarket curds. However, I feel the Longley beats them all and I only wish I lived closer to Selfridges's. :-) Our Lidl didn't have the tasty pirogies I found in New Malden - they were nice.

                            1. re: zuriga1

                              Longley can be found at Whole Foods as well.

                              1. re: brokentelephone

                                Thanks.. that helps me out. I shoot up there via Wimbledon.

              2. Tried another variety from Whole Foods -- some organic brand from Germany.

                Twasn't great -- the curds far too small, the liquid too thick, and the flavour was completely wrong -- Cottage cheese should have the faintest sour taste, and this just tasted of cream. I'm officially a West Country Waitrose person until I get out to Lidl.


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                1. re: brokentelephone

                  Not had cottage cheese since the 80's. Longley is good though. Maybe try making your own? But with the high price of milk it will probably become quite expensive.

                  1. re: brokentelephone

                    The only other cottage cheese I liked (aside from Longley and Lidl) was one bought in a farm shop in Somerset. Maybe there is something in the air! There is a whole thread somewhere on Chowhound about what people eat with their cottage cheese. I like mine with chutney or with noodles, onions and sometimes marmite pasta.

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      I have never had marmite pasta before. I normally just have it for breakfast on some toast. I just normally have cottage cheese with salad or jacket potatoes.

                      A few days ago I bought some longley farm cottage cheese. Have not had it for years and it tasted so good will defintaly be back on my regular shopping list.

                      1. re: dryrain

                        Do try the marmite pasta. Or marmite spaghetti as Nigella calls it. Her recipe is floating on the web. Yes, Longley is excellent but it is hard to find so I tend to buy Lidl now.