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Fleetville Larder, St Albans

Muddy says: A friendly deli with a focus on cheese, wine, excellent coffee and cake. After only one year, it has become a popular community hub that hosts brilliant evening events!

What does a city trader do when he wants to spend more time with his family and bid farewell to the daily commute? Ed Bevin decided to become a cheesemonger. He opened The Fleetville Larder in February 2017 with the the initial aim of providing excellent cheese to Fleetville, a friendly and busy neighbourhood in St Albans that is popular with families.

A year and a half later, what Ed has actually achieved is far more than cheesemongery. The Fleetville Larder has evolved into a vibrant and colourful community club where you can drop in for cheese and wine, coffee and cake or a cream tea, and share a platter of charcuterie with wine until 10pm on a Friday night. The vibe is laid back and slightly urban, with benches and tables made by Ed and his dad from scaffolding boards, and lighting that would be at home in east London. The shelves are laden with interesting and top quality produce.

The Fleetville Larder is a great place for extra curricular events. There are wine tasting evenings with Flagship Wines (keep an eye on the Fleetville Facebook page because the tickets fly); gin tasting with Tring’s Campfire gin; and, would you believe it, a regular Death Café where you can celebrate life and memories.

Ed is a member of The Guild of Fine Foods and a judge for the Great Taste Awards. In 2017, he won Best Newcomer and Best Café in the St Albans Food & Drink Awards. In June 2018 he scooped the award for Best Deli in the Muddy Stilettos Awards and there is no doubt that his energy, vision and commitment to create something that can be enjoyed and shared has made The Fleetville Larder a valued food and drink destination in St Albans.

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