Yes, it’s getting cold, dark and rainy. But don’t let the weather set the mood! The French have long found the best remedy to get through this time of year: turns out melted cheese has incredibly comforting properties. Here are a few of our favourite cures in London.
Chez Antoinette: a cheesy croque
If you’re not yet familiar with the French croque, let Antoinette introduce you two: in its croque monsieur traditional version, your melted cheese and ham gently sit between two generous slices of toasted sourdough. Brunch it up with an extra sunny-side-up egg on top to make it a croque madame, or go veggie with the mushroom-filled croque forestier — both just as cheesy. And if it’s not enough, add in a whole baked camembert.
If you feel like staying in, collect or get a delivery from Slerp.
Want to get cooking? Fill your home with the exquisite smell of baked camembert, here’s the recipe !
30 The Market, Lower Piazza,
London WC2E 8RE
020 7240 9072
Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
La Petite Ferme: no limits to your love of cheese
Skip lunch that day, this cosy French bistro by Exmouth Market takes raclette night very seriously. £27 per person will get your gang on all-you-can-eat raclette feast, along with cured meats, spuds and pickles. Yes you’ve read right, we’re talking unlimited melted morbier and raclette cheese heaven.
If by some miracle you happen to still have some room left after that, dig in the half-baked chocolate cake.
La Petite Ferme
102-104 Farringdon Road,
London EC1R 3EA
020 7837 5293
Alpes Pop Brixton: the Franco-Brit melting fondue pot
For a taste of the Alps tucked away in a Brixton shipping container, look no further: this Savoyard restaurant will make your wildest cheesy dreams come true. Start off with crozet dippers with chilli tomato sauce, but make sure to save some room for the best British twist that ever happened to French fondue: the traditional blend of gruyère, emmentaland raclette is jazzed up with a good chunk of Lincolnshire poacher. Dip unlimited baguette bits and pickles into this magical golden mixture. Remember, you must fish them out carefully!
49 Brixton Station Road,
London SW9 8PQ
07907 1234 569
Tues-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm
Provisions Raclette Kits: get cheesy at home
If that ‘baby-it’s-cold-outside’ vibe is keeping you home, you can count on Provisions shop to stock up on all things (good) cheese and wine from France and Italy. To keep you warm, treat yourself to a cheese night at home with their fondue kits, available for takeaway or delivery from November 2nd (£25). You can even add in the perfect wine pairing— a bottle of Bugey tor £15 extra.
And for the ultimate cheese porn, get a Vacherin Mont d’Or slowly melted in the oven to mop up.
Provisions Wine & Cheese
167 Holloway Road,
London N7 8LX
020 7700 0476
Wed-Thurs 2-7pm, Fri 12-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm