The Cheese Gallery is as amazing as it sounds. Who doesn’t love cheese AND looking at handcrafted artwork? The two go hand in hand – why do you think there’s cheese at every art show opening? I had the pleasure of indulging at The Cheese Gallery during my winter adventures with Grey County Tourism. Let’s just say, I’m glad I know about it now but I’m still wondering where The Cheese Gallery has been all my life!
Nestled in the town of Thornbury, this town is in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Yes, those Blue Mountains where ski enthusiasts flock and some of our Olympians are raised. You might also know Thornbury as it’s the birthplace of our delicious winter apple, the Red Prince. Thornbury is the only place in the world it’s grown! But I digress, you didn’t come here to read about apples.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, The Cheese Gallery is a cheese lover’s DREAM! Your eyes will pop when you witness the variety of cheeses – over 50 of them! While some are locally sourced, others come from far and wide to ensure their amazing flavour. The Gruyere? From Switzerland. Parmesan? All the way from Italy. The Gouda? …you catch my drift.
You can indulge in a cheese tasting board along with a homemade French onion soup, or go with the classic – a grilled cheese of course! Although if you’re going to have anything, hands down try the grilled cheese of the day. Variety is the spice of life after all! Fortune had it that their daily grilled cheese was a Raclette and garlic jam combo… and boy was it to DIE for! I still dream about this amazing sandwich!
Another think you have to try (especially on a winter day!) is their amazing Meredith’s Ginger Elixer Latte. I’m honestly not a fan of ginger, but this drink won me over. A frothy cup of heaven with a small bite of sass at the end that’ll warm you up on the coldest of winter days. Oh, and you MUST get it with a homemade marshmallow from Marsh Street Sweets. Honestly, there’s a reason why it’s on my epic list of 150 experiences to celebrate Canada for my country’s 150th birthday – it’s THAT good! Also, don’t forget to grab a bottle of Meredith’s sweet nectar on your way out. With summer coming, the lemon lime flavour makes the perfect patio drink with some tonic water.
The Cheese Gallery is an amazing local gem in the heart of Grey County. Although if you’re hoping to stay a while, I’d suggest avoiding peak hours. There’s not a whole lot of seating room, and with décor as cute as this? You’ll want to sit and enjoy the ambiance while indulging in delectable Cheddar, Parmesan, Limburger… you catch my drift. Oh, and that handcrafted artwork I mentioned? All sourced from local artisans. How amazing is that?!
While there’s lots of places to eat in Blue Mountain, I highly suggest taking the short 20 minute drive into the town of Thornbury. Casey and her crew are absolute gems and will make this meal a highlight of your trip. Celebrating 7 years in June and open daily from 8am to 6pm, I promise The Cheese Gallery‘s edible art is worth it!
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Another big thank you to Grey County Tourism for inviting me up to indulge in this amazingly cheesy heaven. A huge thank you as well to The Cheese Gallery for their hospitality and in making my expectation of a grilled cheese sandwich 100x higher than it ever was before. All reviews and opinions are my own.