I don't know about you but I am extremely find of stories about people that defy the odds and follow their hearts. The story of Maya, the owner of The British Cheese Centre in Zurich is an example of how love for a subject can make you work yourself to the bone and succeed in creating your very own environment when others say otherwise. Who would have thought about opening a British Cheese Centre in a country that is already worldwide known for its fondness to cheese and cheese fondue?! Who would have been so wildly crazy and courageous at the same time to get on a very small niche market and open up a cheese shop in the heart of Switzerland - in Zurich - and why?
I have met Maya online, on Facebook, when I was searching for interesting and unique things to do in Zurich. I was assigned for a business trip to Zurich for 5 days and I did not want to get to the hotel after work. I wanted to explore the city in the little time I had. After all it was July, a summer month, and there was natural light outside up to 8-9 pm. Why waste the opportunity? When searching for things to do in Zurich I found that having cheese fondue was one of the must items. That lead me to a "cheese chase" for the interesting places in the town. That was how I bumped into The British Cheese Centre. Even the name sparked my attention as I found it interesting that British cheese would be popular in one of cheeses homelands. I though the person who opened the place up must be very brave. I had the good fortune of meeting her in person and I must admit she truly is extraordinary!
I contacted The British Cheese Centre online, on Facebook, and Maya eagerly replied that she would like to have me there, to check up her shop. She was extremely helpful in sending me the location and how one could get to the shop from the Main Train Station on Bahnhofstrasse. There are several buses that can take you there in less than 15 minutes - you take the tram no. 4, 13 or 17 towards Escher Wyss platz and leave the Tram at the stop "Dammweg"; you just have to cross the road and you stand in front of the Markethall. Each tram and bus station holds automatic ticket disposals so you can buy them quickly. Don't worry about not catching the bus - they are very frequent and always on time. The public transport in Zurich always works like magic!
The British Cheese Centre runs it's merry shop inside the modern Viadukt. The old viaduct that was in the area was rebuild and redone smartly so now it holds plenty of lovely small shops with homemade and unique products. The Viadukt is very close to Area 5 of the city, where numerous factories were redone in a new style and transformed into public recreational places - some even in blocks of flats that have renting alone (for one month) jumping rocket high to around 4000 francs. It is quite a newly refurbished area with hints of old looking forward to the new age. The Viadukt is the perfect combination of old and new and it was a pleasure spending an afternoon there with Maya, telling me her story, over a pint of Punk IPA - Scottish blonde with 5,6% alcohol.
British Cheese Centre can provide! That is quite a number! All products in the shop are 100% British and they come from Maya's warehouse in London. Everything gets shipped to Zurich according to the customers needs!
The British Cheese Centre started to ask for more, the customer demand grew and now there are additional products that can be found within the shop. Everything that goes brilliantly with cheese! From chutney to crackers to beer ;) and if you have a sweet tooth you can also try the traditional fudge. There are no artificial ingredients and the products are all high quality and locally produced (in Great Britain).
The British Cheese Centre is now open for franchise - currently Maya is thinking g of Geneva and Base, but who knows what's next in stored? :) If you have an idea and you wish to begin your collaboration with The British Cheese Center, contact her via Facebook, and tell her your proposal. She is an amazing open and kind-hearted lady and she will hear your project. If it fits her idea and her dreams on where The British Cheese Center is going forward to, she will for sure let you know :)
The British Cheese Centre guarded secrets is the most yummy Scottish fondue and Maya has a secret receipe ;) the fondue is usually sold between October and February (so sadly enough I have missed it but I hope one day I will try it!) and it is made with Old Tom dark beer and whiskey (instead of the traditional Swiss white wine and kirsch).
The British Cheese center is open from 10 am to 8 pm on Monday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday the schedule is a bit longer and it opens at 8 am - closing time remains the same ;)
Address: Markthalle IM VIADUKT, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
The Website also holds a bonus for people living in Zurich: you can order online! :)
** Sponsored post but written from the heart, without any external influences**
The Twisted Red LadyBug that truly loves cheese