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“Crowds and how to avoid them”

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food
Ranked #2 of 11 Shopping in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: World Class Delicatessen/ Cheese Shop offering a gourmands delight.We manufacture Gelato and Cheese. The Tempus two site also offers a licensed cafe serving food and alcoholic beverages. Come try the best pizza, burgers and coffee in town.
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Crowds and how to avoid them”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

This place was packed, and often people will be tasting quite a few cheeses in front of you. That's all good but you will still need to wait quite a long time for service sometimes.

Trick is there is the same shop at Pokolbin Village just down the road! Smaller shop but hardly a crowd. Go there instead for faster service!

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Glenhaven, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“You must visit!”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

The produce in this shop is overwhelming! Plenty of cheese to sample (We recommend the Cheddar), pickles to buy, and best of all.... Gelato and Sorbets. Don't buy Gelato at the beginning of the day as it totally screws up (In a good way) your taste buds for wine tasting. Can't wait to return for more!

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Ray H
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Canberra, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Have been here several times”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

If you even slightly like cheese and let's be honest - unless you have some kind of awful intolerance you like cheese - then you will LOVE this shop!
So many amazing cheeses to try and the staff are friendly and happy to assist you with your selection.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Kylie F
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gl0ryb0y, Owner at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
hi kylie. thankyou for your review. i am glad you have been back a number of times. we must be doing something right. yes we do have an amazing selection of cheese. and yes the staff know their stuff. although on weekends when we get hit with bus groups sometimes the service can seem a little hurried. thankyou
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Sydney
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Delicious cheeses and awesome options”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

My partner and I tried sooooo many cheeses and I wanted to buy them all but due to budget restrictions could only get about 4.

They are expensive but you will not find cheese like that anywhere else any cheaper.

Great tasting experience and helpful service.

Would definitely go back!

Although the other stuff in the shop I found to be way out of my budget it was lovely none the less.

Out of all the smelly cheese shops this would be my pick :)

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1 Thank aimz777
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gl0ryb0y, Owner at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
hi aimz. thankyou for taking the time to visit and sample our huge range of cheese. yes you are right we seem expensive, but not as expensive as some and more expensive then some. all to do with location rents etc and logistics. freight charges etc. all in all i am glad you had a wonderful experience and hope you visit our store again sometime. thankyou
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Good product; impatient and impersonal service”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We stopped by this place during the New year season of 2013, hoping to end off another wonderful day in the Hunter Valley.
We understand that it was around 10-15 minutes close to closing time (it had by no means hit 5:00 yet), but the middle aged woman serving us was impatient and snappy, particularly when we were choosing gelato, she was trying to hurry us up. We were looking forward to tasting some cheese before buying, but the lady didnt offer any to us, and even took away the little sample platter.
We were on the road after that, with 2 blocks of cheese, and the gelato tasted great, but left a bitter aftertaste due to the unfriendly service.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Billeeeeee
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gl0ryb0y, Owner at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Hi Billeeeeees thankyou for your review. all i can say is not again and apologise for the service at the end of the day. i have addressed this situation on a number of occasions with all staff concerned. (it is so hard to find and train good staff) and we have 30 in total. so a bit like finding a needle in a haystack 4 months after the event. pity you hadent allerted us via e mail or a phone call the next day, much easier for me to find the offenders that way. but your visit was january and you are only writing the review now. thankyou again for your review and i apologise for your impatient and impersonal service.
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