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|Address:||22 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD|
|Tel:||0207 240 1604|
|Price: £8.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (Mon 5pm- ) Sun 11am-8pm|
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A fantastic little place in Covent Garden, Champagne + Fromage “does what it says on the tin”, and some. There is obviously bubbly goodness galore and with 5 or 6 by the glass you can feel like you are having a proper tasting session. Although I have to confess my palate has still not evolved much beyond “mmm, bit yeasty” and “mmm, sweet-ish”. Still, this isn't a pretentious place so that doesn't matter. There is also an amazing selection of cheeses. We left it up to our waitress to choose some for us for our mixed platter and we were not disappointed. I cannot say which was best as, although we were told their names, it has all evaporated in my head in a fizz fuzz, and in any case cheese is A Matter of Personal Taste, but there were creamy ones, smokey ones, cheddary ones. Anything but blue, at our request, phew. We also had a brilliant charcuterie platter which was unexpected, although I suppose adding a third element to the name of the bar might have made it a bit unwieldy, but it was brilliant as the cheeses, with flavoursome salamis and prosciuttos (or, given the French thing, saucisson and jambons). With the deli counter prominent and the produce lining the walls, it feels like you're sitting in a shop somewhere deep in the heart of the Loire, rather than some wannabe bistro in London. The smiling staff add to the relaxed atmosphere: booking a table for 5, then saying you're 4, then turning out in fact to be just 2 might cause muttering in some establishments, but not here, where we served with all helpfulness and friendliness despite the booking shenanigans. I get the impression you could pop in here for a quick snack or stay all night (assuming your stomach doesn't balk at rich food and endless bubbles). Champagne isn't a cheap thing to drink all night (a glass is £9-13) but £50 for 4 glasses and great food (not hugely substantial but certainly sufficient) was not bad value. I would definitely recommend it.