Best Places to Eat Cheese in London
When it comes to deciding on meals, our starting point is always one of two things; meat or cheese. But while everyone knows the best places to grab a steak in the capital, some of the best cheesemongers and fondue joints are more hidden gems. So without further ado, here’s our favourite places to eat cheese in London…
Location: 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, W1U 4EW
The café at La Fromagerie in Marylebone, affectionately known as No 6, has an ever-changing daily kitchen menu based around all the amazing ingredients sold in their artisan produce shop. Our choice, however, would always be one of the four incredible cheese boards along with some superb wine pairings; the French Board, the Italian Board, the British & Irish Board, and the Cheese Room Board which features a range of fromage from the shop floor.
Le Cave à Fromage
Location: 24-25 Cromwell Place, SW7 2LD.
While Le Cave à Fromage is one of the best online cheesemongers around with over 200 cheeses stocked, their dining experience is just as impressive. Tasting events are held every Thursday and give customers a chance to try before they buy. Events range from cow, goat and sheep cheeseboards to sessions on seasonal cheeses, blue cheeses and cooking with cheese. Of course, all that creamy cheese is washed down by a few glasses of wine.
Location: 159-161 Wardour Street, W1F 8WL.
Established in 1974, the St.Moritz is London’s oldest Swiss restaurant. Serving traditional Swiss cuisine prepared and served under the auspices of the renowned chef Armin Loetscher, it’s all about the fondue here. With the menu offering everything from a special Chinese fondue to one with all the meats, there’s something for everyone when it comes to accompanying your molten Gruyere.
Along similar lines, street food vendors Raclette Brothers might not do fondue, but they do offer melted cheese and plenty of it. Serving up amazing Alpine street food dishes, Raclette is the name of both the amazing Swiss dish and the cheese used in it. The cheese is melted under an electric grill and then subsequently scraped over the accompaniments. We’re talking cheese covered potatoes and meats. Quite simply it’s heaven. Unfortunately, the Raclette Brothers don’t have a permanent haunt but they are firm fixtures at various food markets across the capital.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Location: 47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE.
If you love nothing more than an evening of cheese and wine, we’re not sure you’ll find a more special place in London than Gordon’s. This wine bar is the oldest in London having been established in 1890, and its conspicuous entrance means it’s still almost a hidden gem. The low ceilings, wax candles and flagstone walls make the setting at Gordon’s probably the best on our list. But not only is the atmosphere and wine incredible, its cheese board selection is great too.
Location: 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5RB.
Located on the first floor of a converted stable block, overlooking St Marylebone Church gardens, Orrery is the perfect place if you want some elegant French dining. Popular for serving up French classics, Orrery are famed for their award winning cheese trolley which is filled to the brim with a selection of farmhouse cheeses. Our main tip if you’re heading to Orrery is ask for a spot on their terrace, which is perfect if the sun is out.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Location: Borough Market, 6 Park Street, SE1 9AB.
For most, Borough Market is London’s premier market for food produce, and unsurprising it does cheese as good as anywhere. With its Victorian facade and plethora of British and Irish artisan cheeses, Neal’s Yard Dairy is a real London treasure. Cheeses come from around 40 artisan producers and tasting is encouraged. They also regularly hold cheesy events, such as seminars on the science of taste, and cheese and champagne pairings.
Location: Spitalfields Arts Market, 10 Lamb Street, E1 6EA.
While we still think us Brits do cheese better than anyone on the planet, we’re happy to admit the French do offer some great alternatives. With that in mind, one of our favourite ‘cheese bars’ in the capital is Androuet. Located in the Old Spitalfields Market, the respected Parisian cheesemonger sells Paxton & Whitfield’s English cheeses as well as imported ones from across the Channel. Their bar menu is suitable cheesy too featuring a range of fondues, raclettes and cheese boards, as well as cheese-filled pastas and baguettes. They even do cheese ice cream!