The Cheese Bar

Restaurants, Street food Chalk Farm
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(25user reviews)
The Cheese Bar

A cheese-centric bar from a former food truck.

It’s naughty, nice, and if you overindulge you might have a nightmare. Cheese is basically the new booze, but now the people behind street food legend The Cheese Truck have gone and made it official by opening The Cheese Bar.

The best thing about The Cheese Bar is that it actually looks like a bar. Having spent the past three years operating out of a bright yellow ice-cream van, it’s clear that founder Mathew Carver has put real care into designing this, his first permanent spot. Underneath a burlesque club in Camden Stables Market, the intimate space is dominated by a sleek, rectangular marble counter. Sitting here feels sexier than anywhere that smells this much of brie has a right to: there’s low strip lighting, an apparently Drake-only playlist and lots of friendly and relaxed bartenders to talk you through the cheese-centric menu. That menu reads like foodie soft porn – be careful you don’t drool on it.

The Cheese Truck only served (unbelievably delicious) grilled cheese sarnies, but the Bar’s branched out to serve all manner of cheese-based delights. A case in point: the truffled baron bigod (a brie made with raw cow’s milk) was almost indecently creamy. The wonderful thing about this dish was that the truffle was present without being overpowering – each bite like cool silk on your tongue. A perfect dish to follow this with was the indulgently oily ‘young buck’ stilton raclette – a hot mess of fried potatoes, sharp blue cheese and smoky strips of meat. Best of all, though, were those grilled-cheese sandwiches. The Cheese Truck are Insta-famous for serving up oozing puddles of dairy, so I was a bit disappointed when my Keen’s cheddar and onion sarnie arrived with absolutely no overspill, but the taste more than made up for it. Piping-hot and perfectly greasy, this is a hangover cure to beat any bloody mary on earth.

The Cheese Bar isn’t completely perfect – its waldorf salad is weirdly wet, and on my visit cheese really had to be the new booze because it hadn’t got its alcohol licence yet. But it's got one now, and adding wine to the mix may just make this actual bar heaven. Go make it your local before everyone else does.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: The Cheese Bar
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Address: Unit 93 and 94 Camden Market
North Yard
Chalk Farm Road
London
NW1 8AH
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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4 / 5

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1 of 1 found helpful

The chorizo cheese dish... Queso fundido was great. Busy place. Good atmosphere. Got served quicker than expected.

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What an amazing place. Hands down the best Mac and Cheese that I have ever tasted and they have a wonderful cheese selection.  ( check out the pic of their fridge!! ) 


My wife and I are massive cheese fans and this place is wonderful and doesn't disappoint. We were helped by Christian who is an guru of cheese and really made us feel welcome. 


Its just the opening week for them - and usually service can be quite mixed but Christian was great. He explained the menu and recommended for us the Mac and Cheese and the Mozzarella sticks. Mozzarella sticks were amazing and their grilled cheese sandwich which was also fab. The raclette was a bit strong for me - as I am not a blue cheese fan, but we really enjoyed it. 


Top tip is get there early  ( we were there at 12 when it opened) and by the end of our meal there was already a line.  





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Wasn't able to give '0' stars. Garbage. I've had better mozzarella dippers at McDonald's (and you get a monopoly token with them). We had two grilled cheese toasties and they were burnt, greasy with barely any cheese in them. I make cheese toasties at home in my £9.99 Argos breville for my daughter and she loves them. If I had served her up this tosh she would have disowned me and moved out. I'm actually thinking of setting up a cheese toastie business - if they can charge £6.50 - I can charge at least a tenner a pop. Outraged.

tastemaker

This place should be on the bucket list of every cheese-lover, and for good reason.  The setting is super intimate so the staff are very attentive and helpful when it comes to choosing things off the menu.  Most of the dishes are quite small and tapas-style so I recommend ordering a good few between you and your group to make the most of the variety, although that can get a bit expensive depending on how carried away you get. The poutine is particularly good and the mozzarella sticks are instagram-worthy.

tastemaker

This place is what dreams are made of! 

Very small and intimate with guests eating round a large table, but a great atmosphere. 


I went for the truffled baron and sausage fondu to start which were both fantastic, followed by the blue cheese raclette and my partner had the chicken poutine. All the food was great and I will be returning to try the fondu! 

tastemaker

This place is basically heaven! I went with two friends and we shared a variety of meals, including the grilled angloumi, smoked sausage and fondue, truffled Baron Bigod, blue cheese raclette, cheddar grilled cheese and Stilton grilled cheese. The food was delicious, the waiter explained each cheese and offered wine matches, and the atmosphere is super funky, a mix between intimate and industrial. I'll be going back for another visit, and hopefully will make it to a fondue night!

Tastemaker

I really wanted to be on track with my healthy January plan, but being so close to this cheese heaven, I could not resist. The place is quite small and I wouldn’t call it cosy. If you don’t like sitting on a high chair around a bar surrounded by strangers (yes, it gets busy), you won’t love this place. But if you’re a cheese monster like me, you will ignore all this the moment you’ll see the cheese fridge.


I’ve been tempted by the pictures of their sarnies for months and although the sourdough toasty with goat’s cheese, honey, walnut, and rosemary butter was not as rich and oozing as I was hoping for, it was fantastically aromatic. The portions of cheesy truffle fries are definitely ones to share and they’re generously truffly. The beetroot & goat cheese salad my friend ordered was so beautiful that I kinda regretted going for something so plain, but I fell in love with this place nonetheless. You can paid your cheese plate with some interesting wines, ciders, beers (the fig and dates one is my new favourite) or fizzy mead. The staff is knowledgeable, super friendly and always accessible. I anticipate more cheesy nights in 2018.

tastemaker

OoooOooo Heaven is a place on earth.


Perfect size portions and lovely atmophere.

The staff provide excellent service with great knowledge of the cheeses.


Great lunch location even better in a group.

tastemaker

Ooooooh so you CAN have too much cheese! (In the best possible way) if anywhere, here you can.


Heavenly delights crowd the menu - the starters alone are worth a visit, with the Marmite malakoff (a deep fried cheese and Marmite ball) oozing out of its crispy shell; the mozarella sticks stringy and fresh; the fondue warm and comforting in its small pot... I sampled everything and beleive you me, you can't go wrong. Apart from maybe the burrata - not that it's not heavenly both in texture and taste, but a bit simple of a dish compared to everything else.


For mains, although the mac and cheese is crusty and deep in its four-cheese flavour (thumbs up) and the Scotch egg is a meal in itself, oozing with cheese and egg yolk, the real showstoppers are the cheese toasties. I'd say go simple with the Keens cheddar and onion toastie to best appreciate both taste and texture (much like that famous oozy picture) - the bread is coated in crispy bits and the cheese is just undescribable.


The one toastie I'd steer clear from is the blue cheese one - unless you really really really love blue cheese, this is just too much. Okay, to be frank, unfinishable. Just too strong.


Everything else though, including the heavenly cheese cake, is perfect, and yes, TOO MUCH. But I loooove this new sensation of a cheese-induced coma.


If you are after some melted toasted goodness in Camden Market this is the place although I personally found it too much cheese for one meal.When you first walk in you notice their modern interiors and posh marble top bar. The staff are very friendly.

My companion and I ordered The Baked Bix which was a triple cheese with rustic flat bread and chutney. We also ordered the Keens Cheddar Oglesfield. They arrived sizzling hot and the cheese was melting and gooey.

We then ordered the four cheese rotelle which is a four cheese macaroni that had Lincolnshire and Lancashire cheese with a blackened crust of Old Winchester. It was flavoursome and a real recipe for nostalgia!

By this point, I was certain I had surpassed my daily allowance for saturated fats but nonetheless we shared The Benleigh Blue, honey and pear ice cream sundae for dessert. It contained ewes’ mild cheese; a rather bizzare yet delicious combination.

Overall the food is appetising. Dishes are around £7-9 and toasties £6-7. It isn’t cheap but they do get their produce from places like Peckham’s Gringa Dairy and La Latteria in Acton, so you can’t really be too ‘cheesed’ off at their prices! 


tastemaker

As an avid cheese lover (I mean, cheese on everything) I have to say this is one of my favourite restaurants I have been to in London thus far. If you are lactose intolerant or are not a fan of gooey oozy cheese, I would give this one a miss. But for the dairy lovers out there, you need to try this place. My personal favourite was the salty gooey blue cheese raclette and the huge mozzarella sticks (because who doesn't love those). The staff are knowledgeable about the cheeses and the drinks that go well with the different types of fromage. We tried pretty much everything on their menu and we were disappointed by nothing. The only thing I would say is that the toasties were fairly average but a toastie is a toastie nonetheless. Take some elastic pants and gorge on the amazing gooey goodness that is The Cheese Bar.

Tastemaker

Oh sweet cheeses, it’s a cheese bar! As if you need any other incentive to visit this place.


Located in Camden Market, in the stables close to the Amy Winehouse statue. The Cheese Bar serves delicious toasties and all sorts of other cheesy dishes, in a trendy/industrial decorated space with a bar-style setup where patrons sit around the central bar counter, creating a relaxing atmosphere. The food is reasonably priced, considering its location, and the staff friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back for more!

tastemaker

As a huge fan of all things fromage I've been desperate to try the cheese bar for quite some time. Its nestled in the middle of Camden market, and we chose to sit outside which was lovely given that this space is rarely so quiet and empty. 

Goes without saying that the food is fantastic. We started with breadcrumbed mozzarella sticks with a tomato sauce that were absolutely amazing and oozing with stringy cheese. We then both opted for the goats cheese sandwich with orange honey. Unfortunately we were brought the wrong toasties (a cheddar one) and had both bitten into it before we noticed the mistake. However the staff (who are so wonderfully friendly) brought us out a goats cheese sandwich so we could try what we originally ordered. They also chucked in some mac and cheese for free so no complaints here. 


We did have two bottles of wine which were not cheap however the bill came to £80 which I thought was a little steep for cheese toasties and mozzarella sticks but I guess it wouldn't have been as expensive if we'd not had alcohol. 


All in all a lovely night out!

Tastemaker

The Cheese Bar is an awesome restaurant in the middle of the Camden Stables market. It is a fairly new, super popular venue so do book a table if you're going to be more than two because it is quite busy.

The cheese offer is endless: the small plates go from super stringy mozza sticks, cheese covered smokey sausages (which they sadly didn't have any of left when I went!), burrata balls with cherry tomatoes and olive oil... The list goes on and on and on. The mains were hard to choose too: blue cheese raclette and rotelle and 4 cheeses were our favourites but I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have been able to be disappointed with any of the options. Finally, there's a whole selection of grilled cheese sandwiches that I must say was the least impressive dish – but still well tasty of course.

Naturally, you have much wine pairing possibility on offer.

On top of it all, the staff is very friendly, if a little careless: one of my friends made it very clear that he had a nut allergy, chatted about it in length with the waiter but, when our dish arrived, it had huge walnuts in it... The waiter profusely apologised and of course didn't charge us for the dish but, if you're going, I'd suggest you didn't pick a dish with nuts if you are allergic.

tastemaker

When something has such a strong bias (e.g. a strong cheese) it is obviously going to divide the masses. When it comes to The Cheese Bar, (The Cheese Truck without the wheels), it is important to go there with an open mind. This is not a place for cheese connoisseurs, it is a place for some of the best local (and non local) cheeses to be showcased in a variety of dishes. Do not expect, rare or even particularly strong cheeses, expect hearty, delicious food.


A word of warning, many of the dishes are not very big, so treat it like a tapas bar, buying several dishes to share as opposed to one dish each.The upside to this is that you get to try a lot more of the menu at once this way! The signature toasties are obviously a must - my favourite is the Queso Chihuahua with spicy chorizo and chilli. The mozzarella dippers are also a must and I also loved the creamy burratta and the queso fundido. The only thing that I wouldn't recommend is the mac 'n cheese, which was a little bit of a let down!


All in all however, it was a brilliant 'fromage' to cheese! (I'll stop now).

tastemaker

Having been an avid fan of the Cheese truck, sneaking out on my breaks to get a cheese toastie, you can Imagine I was very excited they opened a permanent residence.
Happy for their success, but sad I have to share them with more people now. Just kidding, ha!

I was surprised with their choice of  the location since Camden Lock Market is kind of passé, area attracting mostly tourists. But the Cheese bar might be the cause the area will start evolving and bring similar trendy businesses.

It’s set up as more as a fast food store, rather than a restaurant, but don’t feel discouraged by that, the quality of food is superb.Was pleasantly surprised how helpful the waiter was, he was the sweetest and really took time explaining each dish, advising us what to order and telling me which is his favourite. We ordered a variety of dishes to share and it’s hard to pin point which was the best since all of them were deliciously cheesy. Burrata is of top notch quality and wished I could take one home.

We left feeling full and all in all very pleased with our dining experience. Coming back? Yes for sure!


The attention to detail in this restaurant is superb, you can notice it from every angle whether it's the food, the environment, design or service. Highly recommend.


Bland small greasy burnt cheese toasties. Fatty bacon. Minimal cheese. Rubbery mozzarella dippers. Way over priced and absolutely not made with love. How can you get it so wrong?! Truly woeful.


Had a great night here last Friday with 3 friends.  We ordered a wide range of dishes, from the poutine to the fundido, the truffled brie (OMG AMAZING) and the toasties and were not disappointed by any of them.  In particular, the blue cheese ice-cream desert was amazing and I will definitely be trying that again! You either love it or hate it apparently, but it was well worth the risk!


We shared 8 dishes between us, plus 2 deserts, and 2 drinks each, and our bill came to just over £25 per person, which I wouldn't say was expensive for the amount of food that we ate.  There is a wide selection to chose from, with some dishes being around £8 and some around £4 so it suits different budgets. 


I pre-booked a table, so I didn't have to queue and would definitely recommend getting a reservation before turning up, especially on a Friday night. Although there are plenty of benches outside so 


The service was great and the staff were really friendly and fun, not to mention the tunes paying in the background. It seems like the teething troubles from the earlier reviews have all been taken on board and sorted out.  I am really looking forward to going back and trying more of the menu!


The truffled brie dish was incredible! I'll be back soon just for that. 


There was a long queue to get a table but we had a drink next door and then came back. 


Stunning little gem in Camden!  We had the Short Rib Poutine, baked Bix, Truffled Baron Bigod along with the Queso Fundido and we were not disappointed!  We've been fans of The Cheese Truck for years now after having them at Glastonbury in 2014 and it's great to see them come this far since then.  


The service was good and they went through the menu items that we didn't know, and they recommended a perfect red to go with our meal.  


The wait to get a seat can be a little while, so if you don't have a reservation I'd advise on getting there early!  I know we'll be returning soon...

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I was quite disappointed. The cheese toasties were good and very cheesy but the cheese did all seem fairly mild and lacked depth, for £6-7 per toastie I would expect something exceptional. The Poutine was a complete rip off at nearly £10 for a small portion of chips with a very small amount of meat and gravy on top. The cheese they used seemed to be quite bland rubbery mozzarella so it really was not worth the money. I did complain and they actually took the 'Poutine' off our bill so we didn't have to pay for it which was good customer service at least.


In future I would rather get a toastie from their van as the restaurant was just all a bit to trendy for my liking and lots of people playing with their food and photographing it rather than eating it! 


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Such a disappointment! Service was terrible, staff didn't even know what the dishes were.  The cheese toasties were all so bland, mine had the mildest cheddar in it I'd ever tasted and supposedly some onions.  My friend got stuck with the fattiest bit of bacon in hers she couldn't even eat - it's a cheese toastie, how have they got it so wrong? The bread was good though.


The other dishes were nice, especially the poutine, but none of the cheese was really that strong, it's clearly a place aimed at the masses, not a place aimed at actual cheese lovers, which I sadly thought it was.

0 of 3 found helpful

Aww...crap. Planned on going there next week...but these early reviews tells me not to! Hopefully proprietors reads this and shapes things up re the ..CHEESE??