A Double Decker Cheese Barge Is Coming To London
Back in March, we brought you the exciting news that an actual cheese barge was coming to London. Sadly, due to the pandemic ruining just about everything we hold dear, the launch of the barge was pushed back.
But finally, we have it on good authority that the floating cheese restaurant is officially dropping anchor in Paddington this autumn. Eeek!
While we don't have an official date yet, there's a lot to get excited about.
Founded by Mathew Carver, the brains behind The Cheese Bar in Camden and Covent Garden's trendy Pick & Cheese restaurant, this two-storey floating restaurant aims to highlight the UK's best fromage, with head chef Reagan Ellenbroek and executive chef Ross Keeling promising "honest British dishes using small producer cheese".
Cheese lovers will have the opportunity to dine on incredible cheese-loaded dishes while enjoying the sights of the city canal.
Downstairs will act as the main restaurant, where guests can enjoy dishes such as Maida Vale (that's soda bread covered with washed cheese rind, smoked mackerel and a green sauce) or Devils on Horseback (medjool dates stuffed with stilton and wrapped in bacon, fried cheddar curds, curried and tossed in chilli honey).
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Meanwhile, upstairs will act as an open-air deck to accommodate those looking to enjoy a causal glass of wine and nibbles.
"Hailing from Jersey, I spent my childhood years messing around in boats," said the entrepreneur behind the barge. "So, when the opportunity of opening The Cheese Barge came along, we couldn't say no."
He added: "The fact that it was British-made by real craftsmen appealed to our continued efforts to support British industry.
"We've always set out to create fun restaurant experiences, and what could be more fun than eating the best of British cheese on the Grand Union Canal."
We'll keep you updated when we have an actual date, but for now, be prepared to head here to book your table when the time comes.
Featured Image Credit: The Cheese Barge