Many know Murray’s Cheese Shop as the place to go for gourmet cheeses, meats, oils, and harder to find products. Murray’s is now more than that, having grown into a restaurant and cheese bar! Two doors down from the Murray’s store you will find Murray’s Cheese Bar where you can enjoy cheese flights, enticing cheese filled apps, and winning entrees. To complete your experience at this gem of a restaurant, they have a wonderful wine list full of new and old world wines that pair beautifully with the cheeses and dishes on the menu. Murray’s also offers some nice ciders and beers along with an array of interesting flavored sodas.
I am a big fan of Murray’s, having tried them at a prior event in which they turned me into a mild blue cheese lover. A month ago you would have not been able to get me to even look at blue cheese, but now their mild blue is all I can think about! Just so you are aware, the blue that I had, and the one I love is the Bleu du Bocage, it’s a French cheese that’s buttery and intense. The cheese mongers there are very helpful so just say what you like and they make you a flight. The other two I tried were the Sweet Grass Green Hill soft ripened cheese which was buttery and Brie like along with a mild but very good Gouda.
The entrees on this delicious sounding lunch menu all looked amazing, but my heart called out to the Mac and Cheese with Crispy Onions. Oh my goodness was this good, perfectly cheesy and oniony; I couldn’t put my fork down. Now, I wouldn’t say it paired well with the cider I choose, but then again I chose the cider for the cheese, and that was a good pairing. For the Mac and Cheese I would go with one of their beer selections or maybe even a sparkling or rose.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is very old-fashioned with bright red chairs, long bar with a cheese case and nice wooden tables. Very retro meets adorable for a village restaurant sticking with the red, yellow, and white color scheme they are known for. The staff is very attentive and make for a great experience.
Murray’s Cheese Bar is open for lunch weekdays and for brunch on weekends. If you want to check it out for dinner, the menu and cheese selection is different and slightly larger. I will certainly be back for more and you can check out their hours and location on their site: http://murrayscheesebar.com