If you like cheese an awful lot, you'll agree that the majority of so called 'cheese boards' in London establishments can do one - especially if their selection tastes like it came straight from your local supermarket. But here are the few places around town that understand the needs of a true fromage fan.
If there was a crack den for cheese lovers, The Fromagerie would be it. If you fancy eating in, the café offers the chance to try their selection in-situ, along with a strong selection of wine, biscuits and spreads. Small £8.95, large £13.75, 2-6 Moxon Street,London W1U 4EW.
It would be foolish to suggest that we know cheese better than the French (they wouldn’t take it too well), and you don’t get more French than the ECC-founded Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels in Covent Garden. Serving up cheese from Spitalfields merchant Androuet, these boards (well, plates) don't come cheap – but you can expect such delights as 36-month Comte and Bleu D’Auvergne. Three cheeses £14, five cheeses £19, 8-10 Neal's Yard, WC2H 9DP.
Newly opened on Holloway Road, a cheese board at Provisions comes straight from their shelves, with cheese plates and wine available every evening amongst their stock of fromage and wine. Prices vary, 167 Holloway Road, N7 8LX.
St John sure knows its ingredients as the cheese here is always delightful and unusual. Cut the previous courses and pair their cheese – hosted on the dessert menu – with a good wine. £10.80, 94-96 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ.
The oldest restaurant in London (featured many a time on 'Downton Abbey') excels with less a cheese board than a cheese bomb. An enormous vat of Cromwell Bishop awaits diners here, ready to be spooned out in meteoric quantities for afters. Cheese plate £10.95, Cromwell Bishop Stilton £11.95, 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LB.
Also fully appreciating the joy of cheese on wheels, Kew’s Glasshouse offers an all-guns-blazing cheese trolley, perfect for a bit of post-walk gorging. £5.50 supplement on £49.50 taster menu, 14 Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PZ.
Not merely a cheese board, but a cheese trolley is offered up to whey-loving patrons. You aren’t allowed the whole trolley, but you can pick from a tremendous selection of top quality cheeses in this well-established Modern French joint. £10 supplement, £15 as an extra course, 6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PU.
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