There is nothing more warming and comforting than sitting in a cosy restaurant, surrounded by friends with a giant vat of cheese or chocolate or whatever fondue you decide to go for sitting front and centre. With a wide selection of dipping options, the excitement of being able to control how much or little you can douse your food in cheese is satisfying to say the least. With all that in mind, we’ve decided to round-up a list of the best spots to go for your fondue fix in the city. All you have to do is wait for the weather to cool down. Or don’t, we aren’t here to judge.
We’ve separated this article into sections so if it is sweet fondues you’re after check them out below, after the savoury ones.
Mostly enjoyed on mountain tops and in ski resorts, savoury fondue screams winter comfort food. Thankfully, although mostly found in high and cold places there are places you can get the melty, cheesy goodness in London. Check out our picks of the best cheese fondue below.
Why: Hailed as London’s longest-standing and most authentic Swiss restaurant, St Moritz keeps things old school. We mean this in the literal sense, as up until recently, bookings for this restaurant were only taken by fax. Booking methods aside though, if its authentic fondues you are after, a visit to St Mortiz is a no brainer. From the classic cheese Neuchateloise fondue to fondue bourguignonne with cubes of beef ready to cook in bubbling oil, St Moritz will make you feel more like you’re in the Swiss Alps than on the streets of London.
Where: 161 Wardour St, W1F 8WJ
Why: Starting life as a food truck frequenting the UK festival circuit, you can now visit The Cheese Bars' permanent residence in Camden. Its four cheese fondue features the best of British cheeses including Ogleshield and Doddington, with potatoes, bread and pickles provided to dunk into the melting pot.
Where: Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
Why: For a more modern take on Swiss cuisine, Heritage re-imagines the classics including fondue. The house blend fondue includes gruyere and raclette cheese with a choice of the standard bread and potatoes, vegetables, or a selection of meats to dunk into the melted cheese. The beef or prawn charbonnade are definitely worth a try too.
Where: 18-20 Rupert St, W1D 6DF
Why: With roots in Camden market, La Fromagerie now has three locations in Marylebone, Highbury and Bloomsbury all serving up the best of French cheese in as many variations as you can possibly imagine. When it comes to fondue the Classic La Fromagerie mix features five French cheeses served with crusty bread and cornichons. If you’re feeling a little more indulgent you can add potatoes, charcuterie or truffle to the mix.
Where: 2-6 Moxon Street, W1U 4EW
Why: Residing in a shipping container in POP Brixton, Alpes gives you a little taste of French mountains without leaving London. With the option of two fondues, you can keep things traditionally French and try the fondue Savoyarde with gruyere and emmental or go for the English Lincolnshire fondue. Both served with baguette and pickles of course.
Where: Pop Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Cheese fondue is all well and good, but sometimes you just fancy dipping into a huge vat of melted chocolate. Enter chocolate fondue. The sweet version of its savoury counterpart, it will satisfy almost any sweet tooth, be careful though, because when you start, you’ll find it hard to stop.
Why: After devouring a steak while Damien Hirst’s Cock and Bull sculpture looks over you at Tramshed, why not treat yourself to the salted caramel fondue with doughnuts and marshmallows to dip? Perfect for sharing between 3-4 people and a nice sweet treat to end your meaty meal.
Where: 32 Rivington St, EC2A 3LX
Why: This Turkish mega chain has become popular for sweet treats since it opened in London in 2011. Serving up the likes of cakes, soufflé and of course chocolate fondue with a selection of fresh fruit to smother in the generous portion of melted chocolate, Kahve Dunyasi is perfect for a fun family evening out - they even sell a fondue kit so you can make one yourself at home.
Where: 200 Piccadilly, W1J 9HU
Godiva Café at Harrods
Why: There is nothing more luxurious when it comes to chocolate then Godiva, which is why the Godiva chocolate café at Harrods is a must visit for chocoholics everywhere. With three different fondues to choose from, you can have the signature ganache in dark, milk or white chocolate with croissant pieces, fresh fruit and marshmallows to dip. This one is a little pricier than your average chocolate fondue, but we promise it’s worth it.
Where: 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL
Why: Formerly Jaz & Juls chocolatier, Copperhouse chocolate is a fully vegan chocolate shop dedicated to bringing you all the chocolatey goodness you’d want, just without the dairy. They serve everything from hot chocolate to vegan chocolate cake, but most importantly, during the winter months, they serve chocolate fondue with all the usual trimmings, as well as chocolate brownies pieces. This is the place to go if you want all the chocolate.
Where: 1 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ
Fondue Type dishes
Not strictly fondue dishes, the plates in this section all involve some kind of melted cheese or chocolate that we definitely count as a fondue-style-fix, so just had to include on this list.
Why: This one is a slight reach, but if you fancy ordering Maison Bab's double cooked fries you can add the Le Bab’s signature fondue sauce to dip or pour over your fries as you please. To accompany your fries go for the ‘Raclette Shawarma’ with pork, on focaccia and covered in molten cheddar cheese. You might not even miss the fondue pot after this.
Where: 4 Mercers Walk, WC2H 9FA
Why: Again not strictly considered fondue but cheese-covered nonetheless, the Grana Padano cheese wheel at Bocconcino is not only entertaining to watch but super tasty too. Homemade pasta being swirled around a ginormous wheel of cheese with the option of truffle shavings to top it off? Sign us up.
Where: 19 Berkeley Street, W1J 8ED
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