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Champagne + Fromage

Restaurants, French Brixton
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Champagne + Fromage Brixton, 2018

Time Out says

The name pretty much says it all at this Brixton Village restaurant and bar - the second from reputable Champage importer, French Bubbles. The menu does extend beyond the eponymous options, so expect charcuterie boards, salads, desserts and French beer, too.  

Champagne + Fromage says
Shop and bistro, Champagne + Fromage brings rustic fare and fizz to London, served the French way.
Menu highlights include the cheese and charcuterie boards, baked cheeses, melted cheese... all served the french way. Find the one you like and pair it with a glass of your favourite Champagne.

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Address: Unit 10-11 1st Avenue
Brixton Village
London
SW9 8PR
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Tastemaker

Last week myself and four friends attended Champagne et Fromage aiming to spend £60 for the 5 of us. We ordered 4  things from the food menu to place in the middle of the table and share (Salami Selection, 2 varieties of baked camembert & the Duo Special) all of which came with lots of beautiful rustic bread... we initially expected our trip to Champagne et Fromage to be a pre-dinner snack/starter, however there was so much food we couldn't finish it, let alone eat anything afterwards! Within the £60 we also managed to order 4 alcoholic drinks and 1 fruit juice. The customer service was second to none and the food, which I'd expected to be way outside my taste palette, was indeed absolutely stunningly beautiful. Although this place is small (so I'd recommend pre-booking) it is decorated absolutely gorgeously, with a meat and cheese counter on one side, rustic bread sticks in baskets, blankets brought round at 7 o'clock....everything was just such an attention to detail, so perfectly on point! 

tastemaker

These guys REALLY know their cheese! We had a 'cheese flight' which featured 8 different kinds of cheese with bread, salad, cornichons and delicious sweet cherries, plus a glass of champagne. Each cheese was handpicked and came with guidance on what to eat first and last (mildest through to the strongest) and every piece was delicious. 


We enjoyed it so much, we added a raclette plate to our table..... OMG YUM!!!! Blue cheese melted over baby potatoes.... simple and oh so delicious! 


Nice service and delicious food! 

tastemaker

We had another lovely evening at C&F with champagne by the glass and Compte cheese. Their selection of champagnes is excellent; the Waris Larmandier rosé is exceptional!! Ask the staff for advice on what to try too, they’re very knowledgable.

Tastemaker

Lucky you if you manage to nab a table outside my favourite Brixton Village haunt. Champagne and cheese by the bucket load, what more could you want? You can book but they also take walk ins. The problem is, once you sit down, it's very hard to leave!


Oh my the cheese here is divine. A platter with sweet cherries in syrup and freash Frnch bread washed down with light bubbles is my idea of a great night out. Love love love this gem of a rstaurant.

Tastemaker

I'm a fan of cheese, french saucisson and champagne.

I'm also a massive fan of Brixton Village and market.

Therefore this is one of the best places to visit.


Note that it's really tiny, you either need to go early or try to book in advance.

Huge variety of amazing smelly cheeses, saucissons and champagne. Also worth to mention that the staff is really friendly which means that you don't have to be an expert because they will help you choose.

Tastemaker

I took my housemate to Champagne + Fromage for her birthday and what a good choice it was! We started with a gorgeous elderflower cocktail (pictured) and from then, had a few bottles of bubbly. The waiters were very helpful in helping us decide what bottles to order based on our preferences. Now, down to the important stuff. Though the menu is pretty much just cheese, there is so much choice! Between four of us, we had a baked camembert with basil and sun dried tomato, a variety of saucisson, two duck confit and a baked mont d'or - that's a whole lotta cheese! All the dishes were very good. We were dubious about the duck but it was beautifully tender and added a bit more substance to all the cheese! I absolutely will be going here again, I'd like to try the other branches, and I would recommend this to anyone who likes bubbles and cheese. And even if you don't, go for the duck!

Tastemaker

There are so many things that we owe the grandest of 'merci beaucoups' to the French for - Coco Chanel, 'The Returned' and pain au chocolat to name just three - but really, is there anything more wonderful than brie & bubbles? 


Is there? 


No. I thought not. Drinking elderflower champagne cocktails and eating the ooziest, meltiest, softest, stinkiest, nuttiest cheeses imaginable alongside mountains of softly cut cured meats, rounds of crunchy edged but softly centred baguettes and the tiniest Lilliputian sized gherkins is really the perfect way to spend a few hours and doing all of that with 2 of your oldest friends in the most delightfully charming, vintage & warmly welcoming restaurant just makes it even more of a dreamy way to while away your Sunday afternoon. 


Brixton Village is an absolute gem of a location in which you can find several places to add to your 'London Must Eat' list nestled alongside retro stores & independant shops and on a Sunday afternoon when the weather is less than lovely, it's rammed with people looking for something delicious to eat and that's where Champagne + Fromage sweeps in, doffs its cap and presents you with the following...


...utterly scrumptious food - yes, the name might be self explanatory and yes, the fridges might be full of every type of cheese imaginable but there's plenty more on the menu to get excited about. How do you fancy a whole baked Camembert with basil & sun dried tomato, golden & soft as you dip nuggets of crusty bread into it? Or perhaps a traditional raclette with new potatoes, onions & salami, the very textbook definition of comfort food? Both were gorgeous and paired beautifully with tall flutes of elderflower champagne. 


...staff who are sincerely friendly & sweetly welcoming, showing us to a table near the door from where we could see streams of people popping in and out for bottles of fizz, lanky burnished baguettes & slabs of sunny yellow cheese...this is clearly a place the locals adore and rightly so. Softly spoken but with an expert knowledge that helped us piece together our cheese board, they were attentive but never overpowering and the presentation of each dish was prettier and daintier than the one before. 


Small inside - we booked a table and I was glad we did given the popularity of the place and the envious looks of passerby's who could scope out the mountain of cheese making our table legs bow - but with the unmistakably understated chic vibe that only comes with the French, it was fairy light lit with plaid blankets draped over chairs and old champagne bottles tumbled down from the ceiling.


There were so many individual things that I loved about this petite slice of Paris in Brixton but putting them all together resulted in a fabulous meal served with kindness & respect and the memory of a place I will absolutely be returning too with every cheese-loving-bubbles-drinking person in my life.

Tastemaker

C+F is a great little restaurant in Brixton Village - with a fantastic selection of cheese, meat and champagne, and all for a reasonable price! We asked the waiter to recommend us a variety of different items depending on our preferences, and everything that came was great. Portion sizes as well are large and generous, and it would be easy to spend under £20 each for a glass of champagne and a filling dinner. 


Even more impressive actually is that to takeaway their cheese and their champagne (especially) is extremely good value! £25-30 for a lot of the bottles of champagne, and a hefty block of cheese is around £4/5. 


All in all, well worth going out of your way for, even amongst Brixton's gems.You can book a table online in advance - don't take a chance and book just in case, and the serving staff are friendly and attentive! 

Tastemaker

Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Brixton Village, you will find this absolute French gem. With shabby chic decor, an incredible array of cheeses and cured meats and friendly service, Champagne + Fromage is a must for anyone wandering around the foodie haven that is Brixton Village. 


Once you have managed to tear yourself away from their beautiful deli counter, sit down on one of the cosy tables, surrounded by fairy lights and tuck into some fine cuisine from the continent. We ordered a selection of cured meats, including coppa, which is a personal favourite. All were melt in the mouth and satisfyingly salty. But don't worry, there is plenty of champagne on offer to quench your salt induced thirst. You can treat yourself to a bottle of the house for £45 which it is light and bubbly on the palate and compliments the cheese exceptionally well.


If you go, you cannot leave without trying the specialty; Hot Mont D'or, a fondue styled dish where the cheese is cooked with garlic in its own rind and accompanied with pickles, bread, more cured meats and sautéed potatoes. You can almost taste the cheese clogging up your arteries each bite, but you don't care as it tastes so insanely good. 


If you are unlucky enough to go when the tables are full (this is often the case), definitely peruse the deli counter and take home some cheese and meats as a taster of what you can expect. The saucisson flavoured collection is quite something; flavours include donkey, rabbit and wild boar. We opted for the more traditional ceps flavoured saucisson and it was delicious.


I already cannot wait to return, one of Brixton Village's triumphs- c'est magnifique! 

Tastemaker

At Champagne + Fromage we ordered the obvious, glasses of champagne and platters full of cheeses, meats, charcuterie and breads! The Champagne accompanied the platters perfectly and even though we were sitting outside it worked to keep us warm too! The highlight here was the blueberry salami which I had not come across before but tasted delicious and comes highly recommended!

We then finished our meal here with a selection of the restaurant’s gorgeous tartines including blue cheese with fig, a sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, and potato and cheese tartine, all of which were a pleasure to try.

Tastemaker

Tucked away in a small alcove of the covered Brixton market - on the nicer side, not the part where they sell severed pigs' feet and massive pencil case sized snails- sits this recently opened Champagne + Fromage branch, the third of its kind in London. Under normal circumstances I would never come to such a place but a friend and her hankering for quality champagne overruled my dispositions. While I did not actually eat here, primarily because there are no menu options for the veganistically inclined, the place did seem to be doing it for the stylish diners inside, who were brunching on a smorgasbord of cultured cow milks and dried fleshy nibbles. 


Saying I didn't eat there was a lie, actually. There was a platter of bread samples which were pretty rustic but kept the hunger at bay as we explored Brixton. The champagne bottles we left with were £34 and £26, both selected by a very pleasant and knowledgeable duty manager who knew just what would be needed for the occasions I listed, which were a graduation and a birthday if anyone cares.

Tastemaker

I spent a pleasant evening here. We had fun deciding which champagne to try from the very long list then matched it with a selection of food from the many choices on the menu. The Mont d'Or platter of melted cheese with ham, potatoes, bread and salad was a definite highlight with plenty to share between three. The half saucisson portions are generous and the pick your own cheese platters are a great way to try what's on offer.

Service from Bastien was attentive and helpful. I'd recommend this for a Friday evening treat. Get there early!

Tastemaker

Located in the bustling village of Brixton Market, Champagne + Fromage offers a relaxing refuge on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Upon seating ourselves on soft cushioned benches under a heater outside, we were greeted by Bastien, manager and cheese connoisseur. Happy hour lasts from 5-9 which is dangerous given the tempting array of at least 10 different champagne cocktails. We were then presented with a custom platter of both strong and mild cheeses, my absolute favourite being the decadent triple cream goats milk slice. The champagne soaked duck confit was tender, just falling off the bone spontaneously and the selection of desserts was even more impressive including a chocolate and blue cheese fondant.

Everything was very well priced with more expensive dishes being around 14 pounds and the quality was fantastic. The Brixton village branch is slightly quieter than the convent garden kitchen offering I feel, a more personal and laid back touch. I shall definitely be back!

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