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Cheese and Wine Tasting Spots in London

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Cheese and Wine Tasting Spots in London

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Few things go together like cheese and wine. Nothing beats a glass of vino and a cheese board – whether you’re soaking up the summer al fresco or snuggled indoors at Christmas time. Luckily London is filled with places where we can enjoy this winning combination, from Italian-inspired wine bars to walk-in cheese rooms. Here’s the C&TH pick of London’s best cheese and wine tasting spots.

     

WC Wine & Charcuterie

WC Wine & Charcuterie

Don’t be put off by the fact that it used to be a public toilet: WC is far from a novelty bar, and its history only adds to it’s quirky charm. Wine is really good and fairly priced, and you can enjoy it alongside sharing boards of baked camembert, garlic, rosemary and toasted sourdough bread and a selection of other meats and cheeses. With its candlelit tables and cosy booths, it’s a perfect date spot too. wcclapham.co.uk

Pick & Cheese

Some exciting news for cheese fans nationwide: the UK’s first cheese conveyer belt restaurant is opening in Seven Dials Market next week from the team behind Camden’s Cheese Bar. Diners will be able to grab plate after plate from the 40-metre cheese-laden conveyer belt, picking from an all-British selection of small producer cheeses – from buttery Gubbeen to farmhouse-style Fellstone. Also available for grabbing will be British charcuterie plates featuring the likes of Hereford beef bresaola and beech-smoked chorizo, with off-belt dishes including a spin on the famed Cheese Truck grilled cheeses. On the drinks side, enjoy natural wine from Les Caves de Pyrene, who have designed a wine list to be paired with the cheeses on offer. thecheesebar.com

Champagne + Fromage

Champagne and cheese: a slightly unconventional combination, but who’s complaining? With six London sites, you can get your fill of two of France’s greatest exports in the form of weekly tastings, masterclasses and fizzed-up Afternoon Teas, or just head straight to the bar to enjoy some of the finest grower Champagnes around. champagneplusfromage.co.uk

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Gordon’s Wine Bar

Gordon's Wine Bar Underground Arches

Established in 1890, Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London, and its original décor makes it a most unique watering hole. There’s an extensive wine list, which includes a dedicated vegan and organic section alongside all your usual suspects, from red to fizz. Pair with one of their famous build-your-own cheese platters, with over 17 types of cheese to choose from – all accompanied by bread, butter, chutneys and pickles. gordonswinebar.com

     

La Fromagerie

Founder Patricia Michelson describes the original La Fromagerie in Highbury Park as ‘like going into a little country town and finding a cheese shop.’ These days, it’s more of a cheese empire, with three branches across the city, all boasting dedicated cheese rooms, tasting cafes and cheeseboards themed by country, each paired with different wines. On Friday evenings they host tastings, and there are often workshops and supper clubs – so cheese lovers should keep their eyes peeled on their events page. lafromagerie.co.uk

Vivat Bacchus

Vivat Bacchus’ famous walk-in cheese rooms are the stuff of dreams. Guided by cheese aficionados, guests are invited to sample various different cheeses from their 40-strong collection before deciding on the all-important content of their cheeseboard. The wine list, meanwhile, is predominantly South African (a nod to the South African owners) with walk-in wine cellars to peruse. vivatbacchus.co.uk

Bottles

BOTTLES Wine Bar

Opened just last year in Old Spitalfields Market, this cosy Italian-inspired wine bar fits in perfectly amid its trendy East London location. Interiors are rustic and stripped-back – think dark wood, exposed brick and leather stools – and they specialise in sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic producers from independent producers and small vineyards. The Italian-focused wine collection is handpicked by Bottles’ knowledgeable sommeliers, who are more than happy to advise guests and offer tastings. Pair with their cheese and charcuterie board and settle in for a cosy evening. bottleswine.bar

Cheese at Leadenhall

An independent cheesemonger, wine and small plates bar in the heart of Leadenhall Market, this gem boasts a collection of over 100 artisan British and European cheeses. They offer informal yet informative cheese and wine tastings led by charming sommeliers – just don’t blame us if you end up buying the whole shop after a few glasses of vino…cheeseatleadenhall.co.uk

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