By Talya Honebeek

Cheese lovers rejoice, a new floating restaurant that only serves fromage has opened in London.

The Cheese Barge is the latest creation from Matthew Carver, the man behind Pick & Cheese in Covent Garden and The Cheese Bar in Camden.

His third cheese-themed opening in the capital – a 96ft double-decker barge modelled on the Electa bookstore in Venice – has permanently taken up residence on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin.

The Cheese Barge is on a double-decker bus.
Credit: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

While we’re big fans of the cheese conveyor belt in Covent Garden, The Cheese Barge is a more formal 60-cover restaurant spread over two floors.

The Main Dining Room is open for lunch and dinner serving a menu which champions the best British cheese from small producers.

Upstairs the casual Roof Terrace is open for drinks, cheeseboards, snacks and their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.

Cheese Barge Paddington
Credit: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Menu highlights include White Lake Goats’ Curd with Lamb Scrumpets and Pickled Walnuts (£10) and Cropwell Bishop Stilton ‘Devils on Horseback’ – prunes stuffed with Stilton and wrapped in bacon (£6.50).

Those wanting a cheese feast can order the signature half-kilo of Baron Bigod cheese, which is baked to order (£32) and feeds 2-3 people.

Cheese Barge food
Credit: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

The Cheese Barge team have also created their own house sausage, made with Young Buck blue cheese, and are happy to recommend cheese and innovative side pairings. Green kimchi and St Andrews cheddar, anyone?

Even the dessert menu is cheese-inspired with sweets like Mascarpone Mess (£&) and Jersey Curd and Cider Brandy Tart (£6).

*Note menus are subject to change. Bookings are recommended.

Best for: Cheese lovers of course (also known as turophiles)

The Cheese Barge, at Sheldon Square, Paddington Basin, is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 11pm (last sitting is at 9.15pm)

Prices start at £4 for a cheese board (or 3 for £10) and £5.50 for a small plate

Book a table at The Cheese Barge here

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