The Cheese Bar is getting back to its roots and delivering ‘Self-Isolation Survival Kits’ to cheese-crazed Londoners.
With London succumbing to the same fate as other cities around the world, restaurants and bars are closing their doors to avoid the spread of the virus. For most businesses, this would be the end of the story, but The Cheese Bar isn’t like most other brick-and-mortar restaurants. (Featured image: @thecheesebarldn)
In spite of the closure of their Seven Dials establishment—home to the legendary cheese conveyor belt—and their flagship restaurant in Camden likely to suffer the same fate, Mathew Carver and his team are mobilising their cheese truck fleet and taking to four London locations every day, so that their loyal following of curd nerds can get their cheesy fix.
The five ‘Self-Isolation Survival Kits’ will be packed with enough British cheese to recreate the restaurant’s ultimate cheeseboards at home, suitable for two to three people to share. The ‘Big Boy’ features Quicke’s Mature Cheddar, Perl Las and Edmund Tew, while the ‘Meaty Boy’ offers charcuterie and is packed with Achari spiced salami, rum glazed ham and smoked coppa. All kits contain a selection of crackers and condiments, as well as the option to include a bottle of small-producer wine because, wine not?
If this isn’t enough to satiate desires, there will also be DIY kits available to help you reproduce some of The Cheese Bar’s signature dishes. Dishes include their famous Coolea and Kingham fondue with new potatoes and cornichons to dip; whole baked Waterloo with garlic and thyme braised onions and chilli honey; Young Buck blue cheese raclette with salt beef, leek, potatoes and truffle honey, as well as a comforting macaroni cheese.
To uphold the directives given by health authorities, all DIY and self-isolation kits are pre-order only. That means no rocking up to the location on the given day and asking for what you want. You’ll go home empty-handed.
Instead, send your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9pm for next day delivery. Make sure to list which location you would like to pick up your package from and practice social distancing when you’re there.
For a list of available pick-up sites, visit The Cheese Bar website. And if you don’t see a location close to you, then just get in touch with them via social media to request a more convenient site. (However, we do recommend you contact your neighbours to do the same, as only the areas with the most votes will be visited.)