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