Wine and cheese and charcuterie is a rather delicious threesome.
Give me wine and cheese, and if you’re throwing in a meat platter, I’ll have that too. Honestly, it’s the only way to celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day – which just so happens to be today…
You’ve had cheeseboards before, sure, but you haven’t had one like this. Vivat Bacchus is famous for their ‘Cheese Room Experience’, when you can wander into their walk-in cheese rooms and handpick your own cheeses. Yes, I did say walk-in cheese rooms – feel free to take five minutes to see how feasible it is to install one of them in your house. Their wine list is predominantly South African, and the charcuterie takes a similiar approach, with biltong and droëwors making an appearance. Finally, they get top points for their wine and cheese quiz, which might be the classiest approach to quizzing we’ve yet heard.
Find them in Farringdon at 47 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4LL, or in London Bridge at 4 Hays Lane, London Bridge, SE1 2HB.
The first thing you need to know about Androuet is that their cheese ends up on the plates of Buckingham Palace. This cheese is quite literally fit for a Queen. Specialising in French cheese (the name may have been a giveaway), raclette is the star here, whether it be in fondue form or oozing out of a baguette. Don’t overlook the French wine list, and if you turn down charcuterie here, there’s clearly something wrong with you. Plus, the attached shop sells everything on the menu, so you can relive your cheese coma at home.
Old Spitalfields Market, 10 Lamb Street, E1 6EA.
Sitting pretty in the heart of Notting Hill, this lovely spot is very country café-esque, with a fancy twist. It is Notting Hill, after all. This has led to such delights as comté, fig and walnut jam toastie, and the standard ham n’ cheese gets a makeover with Iberico ham and manchego. For the cheese and wine, owners Kate and Maria have drawn influences from all over Europe, and the result is a cracking continental spread.
57 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AA
Things have been a little cheese-heavy so far (which is not a bad thing), so let’s mix it up! Vagabond is all about the power of the grape, and they make good use of an interactive wine menu that lets you choose your wine at the push of a button. Again, this is something I definitely need for my house, so if you take nothing else from this roundup, at least you’ve got interior decor inspo. They also have a big selection of tasty cheese and charcuterie, including lots of local and European produce for you to devour.
Various locations – see their website for the full list.
Even a cursory glance at the website will show you the obvious: this place is all about the cheese. There are cheeses of all shapes and sizes, from across the globe, so you’ll be royally spoilt for choice. Friday nights are wine, cheese, and charcuterie nights, and we can’t think of a better way to unwind after the week. If they’re in the mood, they’ll crack open a bottle of the really good stuff to pass around, which really is the icing on the cake.
Locations in Marylebone, Bloomsbury, and Highbury – see their website for more details.
Time to add a little va va voom to this roundup, as our guide takes a detour to Champagne. This fab French bistro is stocked to the rafters with camembert, comté, and roquefort, and you can wash it all down with a delicious glass of fizz. Add meats, tartines, and rillettes, and you have yourself a magnifique night out.
Various locations, see their website for the full list.
7. WC Clapham
Clapham’s hidden gem began life, somewhat inauspiciously, as a Victorian bog. A century later, and after a through, through clean, it’s a gorgeous wine & cheese bar (and also one of the best converted loos in London). Cheese and charcuterie here ranges from the usual suspects to more outlandish fare – blueberry salami, anyone? Meanwhile, the wine list spans both the Old World and the New, providing the third leg of this triumphant triumvirate. We’re rather flush with excitement for this one…
Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AA
Alternatively, head straight for the grapes with our guide to cosy London wine bars.
Feature image: Champagne + Fromage