Life: People: In Conversation

Holly Chaves

Tottenham local and cheesemonger extraordinaire

In Conversation

Quick questions for busy people. We speak to industry leaders across food and drink, arts and culture and more to find out what makes them tick.


Holly Chaves is officially London’s cheese queen. After hosting pop ups at Sager + Wilde, Sourced Market and Cannon and Cannon, her deli and toastie shop, Wine and Rind, is now open at Tottenham’s Holcombe Market. We quizzed the Tottenham local about her favourite spots.

Who is your chef to watch right now?
Chris Leach. Check out his pasta skills on Instagram – it’s just so pretty! He’s just about to join the team at the new Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden so I’m super excited to see what he brings to the menu.

What’s your local?
Tottenham’s blessed with brilliant boozers, there’s The Fountain on West Green Road that has fantastic sushi and a pool table. The Beehive up by my shop has a great atmosphere, and a pool table. Another personal fave is the Anchor and Hope on the River Lea, no pool table but a log fire and great cheeseboard on the bar on a Sunday!

What’s your favourite cookbook?
Marcella Hazzain for ragu. The Geometry of Pasta for tomato sauces. St John Bread and Wine for pastry and pies. I bought the Trullo cookbook for my boyfriend’s parents for Christmas and I’m now regretting not getting one for myself too!

Favourite restaurant in London?
Quality Chop House. Their bar snacks menu is stellar. I frequently order one of each of the snacks as a main course. The wine list is great, the confit potatoes are out of this world and there’s a deli next door for midnight munchies.

Where do you go to celebrate?
Rules. My old boss and dear pal Yianni Papoutsis first took me there a good few years back. I’ve since returned every year for a suet pudding and a jug of claret on my birthday or whenever there’s cause for celebration.

And for a dance?
Rowan’s. Don’t judge me.


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