It doesn’t get cheddar than this: London has its very own cheese bar.
This venue is practically a pilgrimage for any Londoner with a fixing for fromage; truly, a Mecca of mozzarella.
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A bitesize bar on the edge of Camden Stables Market, The Cheese Bar is the permanent home of the Cheddar-loving chums behind London’s street food sensation The Cheese Truck.
It’s compact enough that seating is either around the kitchen counter, or on a long, shared banqueting table – not the perfect place for an incriminating gossip, but you’ll likely be too busy tucking in for much chit-chat.
Seven days a week, the squad offer a concisely cheesy menu of around twenty dishes. For mains, we’re talking cauliflower cheese, four cheese pasta, blue cheese raclette, and hay-smoked Tunworth. It’s melty, my friends.
For starters and shareable plates, you can order a Marmite malakoff (those are balls of fried cheese, duh), sinfully gooey mozzarella sticks and grilled ‘angloumi’, an English take on halloumi. (And if you’re really taking things to extremes, you can order… a cheeseboard!)
For a quick but utterly satiating snack, The Cheese Bar still bangs out the classic grilled cheese sandwiches that their street food truck perfected.
The sharp wine list is designed to refresh and cut through the cheesy onslaught, and staff are happy to recommend the appropriate glass to complement your Stilton sarnie. Desserts, meanwhile, include a gin’n’tonic sorbet, or, for those who simply don’t know when to stop, cheesecake.
And that’s not all. In the winter months, The Cheese Bar goes all gooey with FONDUE THURSDAYS, evening dining sessions dedicated to the art of melting cheese, dunking stuff in it, and going directly to heaven.
In the summer, a small terrace catches the sun in the afternoons, and is a nice enough perch to watch the tourists totter through Camden.
[See also: Cheese protects you from all causes of death, says science.]
All-in-all, if you like cheese, then you’ll LOVE The Cheese Bar.
Location: 94 Camden Stables, NW1 8AP. Nearest stations: Chalk Farm or Camden Town. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm, Monday to Friday; 11am – 10pm, Saturday; 12pm – 8pm, Sunday.
Entry: is free, and can be booked. A starter, main, side and glass of wine will cost about £30, including service.
More information: on the restaurant’s website.
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