Best Restaurants for Cheese in London

We promise this article won’t have any cheesy puns in it….

Updated on 31 May 2019

Hello? Is it Brie you’re looking for? Sorry, we completely lied about the puns. Londoners are obsessed with cheese, and why shouldn’t they be? The gooey stuff is simply grate. Ok, ok, ok, we’ll try and act more (ahem) mature from now on. Below are the best restaurants for cheese in London, from places entirely dedicated to the stuff to places with the best boards and trolleys. The below are sure to make your heart melt... 

The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street, London, N1 1ER

This Islington pub might look gentrified, but the feel and food is still very much traditional. The Georgian features are left well alone, allowing the classic pub design to shine. Food is in the comfort department, helped greatly by a large cheese profile. From the cheeseboard (where Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses with crab apple jelly features) to baked Camembert, cheese also makes its way onto several of the menu’s dishes.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
St John Bread & Wine

St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ

Name one thing that goes perfectly with bread and wine. Yeah, that’s right. Cheese. And lots of it. This Splitafields bakery, wine shop and dining room (the more casual sibling of the mighty St John) changes its menu daily to fit with the seasons, but it often showcases British cheeses as part of it. Think Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese for dessert, or Welsh rarebit for starters. The cheese, oatcakes and raisin bread starter sounds divine, too.

£30 - £49
British
Champagne + Fromage Brixton

Champagne + Fromage Brixton

Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London, London, SW9 8PR

In contrast to the upscale Covent Garden original, the second branch of Champagne + Fromage in Brixton Village keeps things a little more humble. There’s little trace of the Caribbean grocery it used to be, as it now operates as a wine bar and shop serving a lovely range of Gallic cheeses. Charcuterie and terrines are there to accompany the cheese, not to mention an inspiring selection of fizz.

Under £30
Cheese
French
Wine Bars
La Fromagerie Bloomsbury

La Fromagerie Bloomsbury

52 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LL

This Islington pub might look gentrified, but the feel and food is still very much traditional. The Georgian features are left well alone, allowing the classic pub design to shine. Food is in the comfort department, helped greatly by a large cheese profile. From the cheeseboard (where Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses with crab apple jelly features) to baked Camembert, cheese also makes its way onto several of the menu’s dishes.

£30 - £49
Champagne + Fromage Covent Garden

Champagne + Fromage Covent Garden

22 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DD

Stocking more than 30 sensational soft and hard French cheeses (including baked ones), this is the place to go to explore the world of fromage. With award-winning champagnes available, too, the experience is made complete. The range of charcuterie available works well with the cheeses, as do the many terrines, confits, jams and condiments. The best part? It’s all available to take home.

Under £30
French
Wine Bars
The Don Restaurant

The Don Restaurant

The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithins Lane, City of London, London, EC4N 8AD

From the crisp, white tablecloths, to the wine cellar in the corner, to the wonderful cheese trolley; The Don delivers on every aspect. The two Kiwi owners, Robert and Robyn Wilson, have been providing a personable, luxurious and utterly grown-up experience at this independent restaurant for nearly 20 years, firmly establishing the restaurant as a City staple.

£50 - £79
Modern European
£30 - £49
The Glasshouse Kew

The Glasshouse Kew

14 Station Parade, Kew, Middlesex, TW9 3PZ

The sibling of La Trompette and Chez Bruce chose Kew for its next venue, which perfectly suits the area’s smart set. Cheese remains an integral part of the restaurant’s offering and is a subject accorded serious thought – the result is an impressive cheeseboard that showcases British types. The use of seasonal British ingredients is prominent on the rest of the menu, too, especially when it comes to seafood. The light and airy, not to mention incredibly elegant, restaurant give its siblings a run for their money both with quality and presentation. What’s more, it’s easier to get a table here.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One michelin star
£30 - £49
Vivat Bacchus London Bridge

Vivat Bacchus London Bridge

4 Hays Lane, London, London, SE1 2HB

Just like its Farringdon brother, Vivat Bacchus in London Bridge has a basement wine cellar and its own cheese room. Although the European-leaning menu is alluring, it is the cheese we’re mostly excited about. The set cheeseboards showcase the best variants from the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland and all come complete with fruits, nuts, honey and jams.    

£30 - £49
Modern European
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials

8-10 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP

Although mostly known for its wide selection of French, Spanish and Italian wines and interesting range of grower Champagnes (it’s from the team behind Soho's Experimental Cocktail Club), this cosy little bar has some delicious cheeses. Choose between either four or five slices and wash it down with one of the recommended wines. Spread over two floors, the space is made comfy with the help of some soft cushions, stylish divans and shimmering candles.

£30 - £49
French
St Moritz

St Moritz

161 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WJ

The Swiss know their cheese, especially when it comes to fondue, and this little Soho old-timer delivers the good stuff in bucket-loads and at an attractive price. There are five kinds of fondue to choose from (plus a chocolate fondue for dessert) that come with a selection of veg and bread to dip with. Wash it all down with one of the many grand Swiss wines on offer. The place opened in 1974 and interiors-wise, it looks unchanged, which adds to the charm.

£30 - £49
Swiss
City Social

City Social

24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HQ

Another feather in Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred cap, this City restaurant (headed up by executive chef Paul Walsh) delivers food that matches the incredible views from the top of Tower 42 (prices are as sky-high, mind you). Leave room at the end of your meal for a few slices from the cheese trolley that also comes fully stacked with crackers and chutneys to match the wide selection.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One michelin star
Wiltons

Wiltons

55 Jermyn Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6LX

Wiltons started life out as a fishmonger with family traditions dating back to Georgian times, so there’s no doubt this is the place to go for some of the finest seafood in London. Seafood and cheese we hear you query? Don’t worry, it’s not served in combination. Yes, the cheeseboard of British farmhouse cheese is great and all, but have you heard about the twice-baked Stilton soufflé? You can thank us later.

British
Fish
The Ledbury

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road, London, London, W11 2AQ

The cheese trolley at two Michelin-starred The Ledbury (headed up by gastronomy genius Brett Graham) is hugely popular, and we can see why. There’s something incredibly luxurious about cheese being wheeled around for your indulgence, isn’t there, making the serving ritual almost more enjoyable than the eating. But only almost. Getting stuck into the European cheeses with grapes and a variety of colourful crackers is, simply put, a wonderful experience. Where Graham’s food is elsewhere inventive and contemporary, the cheese offering brings things back to the traditional, and it’s very welcome.  

Over £80
Modern European
Two michelin stars
Pollen Street Social

Pollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1NQ

Jason Atherton’s imperious Michelin-starred flagship restaurant impresses on all accounts – food, service, interiors, and most importantly, cheese. The restaurant champions British ingredients throughout, which is evident in the bountiful British Isles cheeseboard – choose your favourites from this to finish off your meal, or enjoy it as part of the tasting menu.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
Medlar

Medlar

438 King's Road, London, London, SW10 0LJ

This charming and elegant neighbourhood restaurant (from two Chez Bruce graduates) offers a seasonally changing set menu for dinner and lunch that never fails to impress. A steady item on it, though, is the cheeseboard showcasing favourites from Britain and Europe. To complete the experience, the enthusiastic sommelier will sort you out with the best wine recommendations. Enjoy it all in the very pretty dining room with mint-green upholstery, apple blossom ceiling decor and vintage mirrors.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Le Vacherin

Le Vacherin

76-77 South Parade, London, W4 5LF

The clean lines, authentic trappings and white linen tablecloths at Le Vacherin transports you straight to a Parisian bistro, and so does the elegant and classic French cooking. The dessert cheeseboard features a delicious selection of farmhouse cheeses, red onion chutney and cheese biscuits, but there are also favourites available on sharing plates. If you are a party of 20 or more, the restaurant also offers BYO wine on Wednesdays – the perfect party.    

£30 - £49
French
Rules

Rules

35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

Nip into London’s oldest restaurant (Thomas Rule opened it in 1798) and dine like Charles Dickens (apparently a regular) did. The proudly British menu is traditional bordering on ancient with dishes such as potted shrimps; steak and kidney pie; and golden syrup-steamed sponge with custard up for grabs. The English cheese plate offered on the desert menu is just as great and should not be missed when you visit.

£50 - £79
British
Boisdale of Belgravia

Boisdale of Belgravia

15 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX

Everything – and we mean everything – about this place tells you you’re in a Scottish restaurant. From the kilted staff and tartan chairs to the wall-hung hunting trophies and the wide selection of whisky, the food is also distinctly Scottish. Its dessert menu features all sorts of curiosities, including cigars, and a cheese trolley. Take your pick of either five or ten British farmhouse cheeses served with spiced preserved quince, celery and crackers.

£50 - £79
Scottish
Steak
£50 - £79
Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce

2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth, London, SW17 7EG

There is much to be admired at this Michellin-starred Euro-inspired restaurant in Wandsworth; pleasing food, professional service, an intimate atmosphere and egalitarian prices. Its magnificent cheeseboard definitively contributes towards it, too. In fact, head chefs Matt Christmas and Bruce Poole take it very seriously and say it forms an integral part of the restaurant’s offering. The all-encompassing wine list further offers diversity, style and quality, ensuring you’ll have a wonderful time here.  

£50 - £79
Modern European
One michelin star
Vivat Bacchus Farringdon

Vivat Bacchus Farringdon

47 Farringdon Street, London, London, EC4A 4LL

This South African-accented restaurant has a walk-in cheese room. Need we say more? The room is staffed by cheese experts that can tell you all about the different cheeses stocked. There’s even a bookable ‘cheese room experience’ where you can sample up to three cheeses to help curate your own cheeseboard from the 40 types on offer. The set cheeseboards listed are divided into countries, although there’s a ‘favourites’ one with a variety from everywhere.

£30 - £49
Modern European
La Fromagerie Marylebone

La Fromagerie Marylebone

2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4EW

Four words: build your own cheeseboard. A bit of interaction never hurt anyone and if you are a cheese novice still, this is a great way to explore your taste preferences, not to mention expand your knowledge. If the idea frightens you, there are experts on hand to help your work out which cheese harmonise with each other. They can also help with pairing wine, biscuits and other accompaniments. There are set cheeseboards to choose from, and every Friday there’s a cheese and wine tasting. Part of the La Fromagerie group (there are other sites in Bloomsbury and Highbury), this casual café has won the hearts of locals. 

£30 - £49
The Cheese Bar

The Cheese Bar

Unit 93/94 Camden Stables, London, NW1 8AH

This restaurant’s name leaves little doubt of what’s on offer. What started out as a food truck in Camden has now become a fun and stylish restaurant where all-things cheese are served to an unsatiable crowd. Think gooey mozzarella sticks, four-cheese rotelle (basically a posh mac and cheese), fondue, toasties and blue cheese ice-cream. The wine list is limited to two options, although the craft beer offering is a little beefier, so this is the place if cheese is the priority.

£30 - £49
International
Orrery

Orrery

55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5RB

This swanky D&D London-owned restaurant in Marylebone has always been famous for its trolley of 30 well-kept cheeses, which can be enjoyed as part of the dessert menu. The pretty dining room is bathed in natural light beaming through the arched windows, but it also has a rooftop, which some consider to be one of London’s best-kept secrets. Here, you can enjoy a delicious cheeseboard with a selection of French variants with toast and chutney. Wash it all down with a wine from the 22-page list.

£50 - £79
French
Champagne + Fromage Greenwich

Champagne + Fromage Greenwich

Church Street, London, London, SE10 9BJ

As the name suggests, this place is dedicated to giving Londoners the very best France has to offer – cheese and champagne. The offering of the former is pretty conventional so expect your Roquefort, Comté, Brie and Camembert. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s a nutty Fumaison from Auvergne (made with raw ewes’ milk), which is not likely to be found on cheeseboards elsewhere in London. There’s also lots of charcuterie to accompany the cheese and the champagne offering is wide.  

Under £30
French
Wine Bars
Le Gavroche

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QR

The cheeseboard at Le Gavroche is as luxurious and tasty as the rest of Michel Roux Jr’s food. Overwhelmingly French, the kitchen churns out exclusive and extravagant dishes that evoke a time gone by. The cocooned dining room might not be to everyone’s taste, but the food certainly is. The cheeseboard features a selection of French and British farmhouse cheeses. 

Over £80
French
Two michelin stars
£50 - £79

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