Unless you are a tragic member of the lactose intolerant population, it’s time to activate flight alerts to London. And not just because of the city’s epic cheese conveyor belt restaurant, but yes, that too: a 96-foot double-decker barge opens onto London’s Grand Union Canal with a menu featuring all of your favorite cheese.
The concept, which was created by the same restaurateur behind the Pick & Cheese cheese conveyor belt, relies on a permanent mooring on the canal and was created to showcase the best of British cheese.
With Chef Reagan Ellenbroek at the helm, the menu features Westcombe Fried Curried Cheese Curds, La Latteria Burrata, and Baked Baron Bigod, all in addition to an extensive selection of cheese boards designed by Chef Cheese Sam Wilkin. Each week the restaurant will kick off a new round of seasonal British cheeses with individual pairings. Currently on the menu: Spenwood with quince and almond cheese, Winslade with chili dukkah and St. Andrews Cheddar with green kimchi.
“The barge creates a festive and sophisticated environment, while drawing on the legacy of narrow boat design and local social history,” said barge architect Adam Richards. Wallpaper. “It was also an opportunity to pay tribute to James Stirling’s Electa Bookstore in Venice, Italy, one of my favorite buildings. This building was inspired by the designs of the boats. So it was fun to design a boat based on a building based on a boat! “
The Cheese Barge is open for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner. Lunch is served all day Sunday until the last service at 6.15 p.m.
Megan Schaltegger is a writer for Thrillist.