roomInside of The Cheese Barge

What can you convey to us about the Cheese Barge?

Set simply just, it does what it claims on the tin – so plenty of cheese served on a barge. But you will find a large amount a lot more to it. The barge is from the individuals powering The Cheese Bar in Camden and another cheese sensation, Choose n Cheese, the cheese conveyor belt restaurant in Covent Backyard garden. Equally have been significant hits and outdoors of the gimmicks, confirmed that the staff was really much targeted on providing excellent British cheeses to the community. 

This most up-to-date undertaking is closer to the authentic Cheese Bar in that you can find a broader selection of cheesy delights, from cheese boards, correct by means of to bigger sharing plates. It is not truly a spot for the lactose intolerant. 

In which is it?

It can be parked on the canal, extremely near the entrance to Paddington Station (on the Circle line) – you’ll see it just past the bridge in between the Daisy Inexperienced and Grand Duchess barges. 

The boat is moored there permanently, so you should not assume a excursion together the canal in it. However, it was custom-built for them, with a design and style based mostly on the Electa bookstore in Venice. As this kind of, you can find a great emphasis on obtaining the best view achievable, with a great deal larger home windows on this barge than you may have observed on some of the other folks moored on the canal. if you can get it, the finest seat in the household is proper within the primary door – a 4-seater booth with a immediate look at out into the canal. 

So it is really all inside of?

Not all – there is a rooftop terrace, with lots of seating. Which is much more for consuming and snacking though as it does have a a little bit lessened menu. So if you want the huge sharing dishes (and you will) then you’ll need to have to reserve a seat inside. 

roomFar more of the barge alone, which include the significant roof terrace place. And indeed, the boat is named “Argie”…

What’s on the menu?

A good deal of cheese – and we signify a whole lot. Nearly the full menu has some aspect of cheese as aspect of it – both front and centre in the cheese plates or often showing as a dip. The cheese is all British, with the menu designed to present some of the finest cheese this region generates. British cheese producers require as substantially support as they can get at the instant, so this is a actually excellent showcase for them.

This is a taster of what is on the menu:

roomWestcombe fried curried cheese curds with chilli honey (£5.50). Terribly more-ish treats, particularly with the chilli honey that they’re coated in.

roomThe cheese curds again – so stretchy!

roomCropwell Bishop Stilton stuffed prunes with smoked bacon (£6.50). Ideal bite-sized snacks. 

roomWhite Lake goats’ curd, lamb scrumpets with pickled walnuts, mustard cress (£10). Be aware that here, the goats’ curd acts as a dip or a sauce for the generously meaty scrumpets. 

roomPork, fennel & pink wine sausage, braised crimson cabbage, chicken sauce. This helps make for fifty percent of a single of the mains, and it really is paired with…

room…the cheesiest Kirkham’s Lancashire aligot (£25 with the sausage higher than). This is billed as a dish for two – but if you’ve maxed out on treats in advance of, this is an uncomplicated sharing dish for 3 or additional. It comes with a small pot of gravy, which tends to make it even additional amazing.

roomJersey curd & cider brandy tart with boozy earl grey currants, whipped product (£6) – indeed, even the desserts have cheese in them. 

roomMalted milk chocolate crémeux, salted caramel, coconut, oat & chocolate granola (£6). Ending on a non-cheese minute (there are a number of of them), this dessert warrants certain interest for the reason that of the mix of a deep crunchy topping and the chocolate/salted caramel under. A have to-get.

Something else? 

Mainly because of the richness of the dishes – you’re heading to have issues creating it by way of the entire menu in one particular sitting down. In addition to the earlier mentioned, there is a range of cheese plates (£4 each individual or 3 for £10) that are similar to the types you’ll see on their conveyor belt and a sequence of grilled cheese toasties (including Brue Valley Mozzarella with smoked bacon and chilli honey for £7.50). 

The other principal sharing plate is also worth highlighting. It truly is a 400g Baked Baron Bigod that will come with Coombeshead sourdough, roasted new potatoes, grilled chicory, dwelling pickles, dried fruits, seasonal crudités and Ampleforth Beer chutney (£32 for 2-3 individuals). We don’t consider you could have deal with both equally sharing dishes in one particular sitting down, so pick wisely…

What about beverages?

You can find a fantastic variety of wines that need to pair very well with any of the cheeses on give. A truthful quantity is by the glass, which include an orange wine possibility, and on the most important bottle checklist there’s also a rotating by-the-glass option that improvements each day. Price ranges are like the foods – very very good benefit, with wines setting up at £26 a bottle (or £5 a glass for their property wines). There is a bottle of De L’Autre Cote (£44) on the record which is specially gorgeous. Vermouth, port and dessert wines also make an visual appeal and there are a number of common cocktails on the record (circa £8). The beverages listing paired with a handful of cheese plates would make for a very fantastic night on the roof terrace, for sure. 

Summing it all up

First off – here is a brief movie of the entire detail:

On paper you could be forgiven for wondering The Cheese Barge was some thing of a gimmick. But even though it truly is a exciting thought – and one we were being completely on board with – it is really in fact so much far more than that. With such a extensive assortment of truly very good cheesy treats and sharing plates (and nicely priced too) it truly is the best cheese-lover’s aspiration with a wonderful see to boot. It is obviously likely to be a further big accomplishment for the staff.  

Warm Dinners ate as guests of The Cheese Barge. Costs are proper at the time of composing. 


Much more about The Cheese Barge

Where by is it? Sheldon Sq., Paddington Central, London W2 6HY

Uncover out much morePay a visit to their internet site or follow them on Instagram @thecheesebarldn.


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