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Reviewed 30 September 2020

It's small, nice place, has a small but a good selection of cheese and some bake goods with coffee. Was expecting a wow factor but that didn't happen. Price is a bit more expensive as expected. It still a nice place to drop in for...a quick pick up of a cup of coffee and some bake goods if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2019 via mobile

I have wanted to visit for years .... and finally did this weekend. Amazing cheese and charcuterie plate prepared after they ask a few questions to determine your preferences. Crisp local ciders. Great atmosphere. What a gem!!

Date of visit: October 2019
Casey T, Owner at The Cheese Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2019

Fantastic 🙌🏻 So glad you enjoyed your visit with us!! Hopefully we will see you again next time you’re in the area. Thank you for the 5 🌟

Reviewed 6 October 2019 via mobile

The Cheese Gallery is more a coffee shop with the cheese section at the back of the shop; definitely not what I was expecting from the name. Overpriced at $16. for 6 items; a Skor and lemon bar (satisfactory), 2 Linzer cookies (very good), pumpkin...tart (delicious) and a totally horrible tasting inedible butter tart. Guess it makes sense for the cashier to bypass a waiting new customer to serve two regulars with coffee cards. After all, one was going to Toronto (also MY destination) and the other was off to a class! Never again. I’ll stick to the busy Thornbury Bakery right across the street.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 25 July 2019

Just discovered this great little gem on Bruce. Great place for delicious sweets, a light lunch, a latte or specialty coffee drink and of course, some wonderful cheese offerings.

Date of visit: July 2019
Casey T, Owner at The Cheese Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective. It makes it all worth it when we receive this kind of feedback and give a boost to our hardworking team. So glad you enjoyed our little shop!

Reviewed 23 July 2019

lots of interesting cheese and different gourmet food- sauces, jams, salsas etc. Hard to make a choice when shopping for treats!

Date of visit: June 2019
Casey T, Owner at The Cheese Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and share your enjoyment of our shop and its' selection! Hope we see you again

Reviewed 7 May 2019 via mobile

Great s section of artisinal cheeses. Very nice bakery selection. Helpful staff. Go for lunch or coffee. Some nice gift items as well as excellent helpful staff

Date of visit: May 2019
Casey T, Owner at The Cheese Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2019

So glad you enjoyed our shop!!! Thank you for the wonderful review 5🌟

Reviewed 10 April 2019 via mobile

This cute restaurant/cafe/cheese shop is definitely a place I will return if in the area again. We were going to the Scandinavian spa for the day, but we arrived too late and were put on the waiting list. The spa gave us a list of...things to do in the area. Not knowing the area, we decided to try the Cheese Gallery and we were not disappointed. We had one of the best tea lattes (ended up getting a second to go) and we shared a delicious buttertart and skor bar. For lunch I had an awesome charcuterie and cheese plate and my friend had the quiche and salad. Everything was fresh and the cheese tasted incredible paired with all the different breads, crackers, meats, nuts, mustard and jelly. They also sell unique high end products and of course cheese. Being put on the spa waiting list was frustrating seeing that we left very early in the morning and drove almost 3 hours to spend the day relaxing at the spa but finding this place changed a negative to a positive.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 19 March 2019

We went to the cheese gallery for lunch last Thursday, the staff were very friendly and helpful, we sat down and ordered some grilled cheese sandwich’s and a cheese platter. The grilled cheeses we to die for two us had the Guinness cheese in them...and two of had Brie & onion all on a grilled panini, we all had a cappuccino to go with it. The cheese platters had 5 or 6 different cheeses and crackers, some olives, nuts, dried fruit, and a red pepper jelly, apple chutney. There were all different cheese some hard, double cream Brie’s, from Ontario, Quebec, France. It was all very good and we were very full at the end.they have a large assortment of cheeses, crackers, sauces, you could fill your pantry easily, they also have a good selection of desserts to go along with your coffee or teaMore

Date of visit: March 2019
Harbour20, Owner at The Cheese Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2019

Thank you for your review and the 5🌟. Wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and lunch!! Hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 14 March 2019

I was there when Shelagh Fox was a nobody. I say this with the greatest of respect, because Shelagh Fox is an artist who was just starting out when I first met her in the early 1980s in Collingwood. Back then, I bought a framed...drawing she had done of an old farmhouse. Decades ago, she wasn't well known and working hard to get known. Flash forward to present day and Shelagh Fox has studio in Thornbury right on the main thoroughfare, Highway 26 very close to The Cheese Gallery on nearby Bruce St. This all came back to me when two friends, my wife Nancy and I settled into seats at The Cheese Gallery in Downtown Thornbury for lunch today. Staring at us from a close-by wall was a large print of an eskimo child with two caribou. On an attached card I saw the artist's name – Shelagh Fox – and the price: $2,500.00. The stark contrast in this wall-mounted print is eye-catching. But at The Cheese Gallery, what really catches your eye are all the various food offerings, in addition to cheeses and desserts. Fortunately for us, those food offerings, including cheeses and desserts cost a lot less than $2,500.00. (Although Shelagh Fox's artwork will last longer than our lunch.) Today, I can see from her prowess at art that Shelagh Fox is a somebody. Bravo! Casey Thomson is a somebody too. She's the owner of The Cheese Gallery and has established herself as the go-to place for cheese plates and many other items on her menu. Additionally, she has a cheese counter almost as long as the sidelaunch basin at Collingwood harbour and a dessert selection that's – as some people say – “to die for!” One of the ingredients for having a successful restaurant is not an ingredient that you mix, boil, cook, or serve on a plate, it's an action item that involves every staff member and it's consistency. Customers deserve consistency of excellent service and excellent food. From our experience and being able to compare our last visit to this visit, we found consistency. During our last visit, months ago, to The Cheese Gallery, for which we braved bad weather and terrible road conditions, we came away saying “it's worth the drive!” Today, we had clear driving on an excellent highway and only a bit of drizzle to contend with. People used to say “it's worth the drive to Acton”. That was for leather goods. Today, I would say “it's worth the drive to Thornbury” and that would be in conjunction with being the successful bidder in the “double dollars” on-line auction sponsored by MyCollingwood.ca. We were the successful bidders, along with our friends June and Jim, on some cheese-plate coupons for use at The Cheese Gallery in Thornbury. Our welcome, upon entering the long narrow room that is this restaurant, was cheerful. Jim and June arrived just ahead of us and saved a couple of armchairs next to the little round, glass-topped tables to which our food would be brought. Our server, Sarah, was friendly and quick to take our drink orders. Two cappucinos with chocolate topping. One plain-topped cappucino. One cappucino with cinnamon topping for me. We sat and chatted about the surroundings and also about Shelagh Fox's art. The surroundings are clean and easy to navigate. Walk in the doorway and there's a seating area on your left and cases featuring dessert beneath wall-mounted chalkboards on which are written dessert items. There's a cash register there as well. Just beyond the seating area, is a long food-preparation area on the left wall, closed in by a counter with seating. Beyond that is the large cheese counter, with cheeses under glass and identified for your perusal. Along the right-hand wall they have all kinds of goodies made by specialists from near and far. At the very back of the restaurant, furthest from the front door, there are washrooms. (Very clean, my wife tells me.) When it came time to order lunch, we turned in our cheese tray certificates and also ordered grilled cheese sandwiches which we remembered were delicious the last time we had them here. Their grilled cheese sandwichs are made with specialty cheeses. Jim and I had the Guinness cheddar (from Ireland) sandwiches and the ladies had different grilled cheese sandwiches. The sandwiches came made on baugettes, flattened out in a panini press. We all agreed they were tasty. As we started to eat our sandwiches our cheese trays arrived. Each tray with four different cheeses and an assortment of crackers, nuts, olives and specialty bread slices. Additionally, we were brought a small tray of extra specialty bread slices. As part of the ordering process, our server Sarah asked about anything to which we might be allergic. With our foursome, there was nothing to worry about. We appreciated the concern. If you have heard the saying “the cup runneth over”, we can convert that for use at The Cheese Gallery where their cheese tray plates “runneth over”. The trays arrived fully loaded. We had trouble remembering which cheese was what and which one came from where. Sarah, our server, had done a wonderful job of explaining it all when she brought the two cheese trays to us. I asked her to list the cheeses and she did. My favourite was the applewood smoked cheddar from Prince Edward Island. It had a very strong after-taste. My wife Nancy didn't like that one. She liked the Golden Blyth from Blyth, Ontario. Jim and June enjoyed the Guiness Cheddar from Ireland and the Ossau, a sheep cheese from France. It was interesting to see so many cheese choices from so many places near and far. The cost for our four sandwiches, which came with potato chips was a total of $35.80. The four cappucinos came in at a total of just under $16.00. Our cheese trays would have been just under $50.00 for both, but we had the gift certificates purchased from “double dollars” on the MyCollingwood site. For those who don't know about the MyCollingwood. It's an on-line good news place at which you can find out about all kinds of interesting things, places and who's who in this southern Georgian Bay area. Any time I meet a newcomer to our area, I always tell them to click on MyCollingwood, which is the brainchild of Julie Card and Dan Plouffe. In fact, this good news site has won them awards. Every Wednesday morning, on MyCollingwood, they have special items offered at a discount and they welcome on-line bids. Items offered range from cheese trays (such as we enjoyed) to wine-tastings, as well as household, or useful items. “Noemie” who works at The Cheese Gallery has a dessert named after her and she should be winning awards for freshly-made desserts. We say this based on the fact that we had a magnificent chocolate brownie-type dessert fresh from Noemie's talents. We should have brought a candle to top that dessert because it was my friend Jim's birthday. The birthday is why we got together for lunch. I'm pretty sure we are not going to need a dinner tonight! I can give you dozens of reasons to visit this southern Georgian Bay town which has a beautiful harbour adjacent to where the Beaver River flows into the bay. There are abundant recreational amenities at Thornbury so you can work up an appetite. Then, you might run into us at The Cheese Gallery. It's a fact, we'll be back!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Visited the Cheese Gallery in October 2018 as a part of a girls two day trip. We were seated at the window in four fabric cosy chairs and greeted by the wonderful staff . Fortunately one of the girls in our group has experienced the...Cheese Gallery many times and I was delighted she shared this with us . We had beer, wine and two CHARCUTERIE boards. I believe each board was $25 . The varieties of cheese were explained to us in detail . They were also accompanied by flavoured walnuts and dried fruits, crackers and crusty bread. We also tried a hot red pepper jelly and a Balsamic Maple Fig which was awesome, in fact I purchased some to bring home. They have a lovely lunch variety Including baked goods and not to mention all the other treasures in the store. For example you can purchase a beautiful wood Charcuterie board at a reasonable price . Oh they even have the cheese knives on a magnet attached to the board......brilliant idea! This was such a wonderful experience halfway through we all agreed we would come back again next year. Thank you to the two female staff who were very professional and engaging. They not only knew all about the cheese they served they were also very knowledgable in the beers they sold. My husband would appreciate this place and i’m hoping to return there with him soon . This experience is well worth the money .👍🏼. Cheers.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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  • The Cheese Gallery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 5