Petition to make Mathew Carver the patron saint of cheese-lovers? First he gave us London's only cheese-centric restaurant. Then he created the world's first cheese conveyer belt. Now, he's back with a whole barge dedicated to fromage. Yep, you read that right: a cheese boat is coming to London.
The Cheese Barge floats into Grand Union Canal this spring, when it takes on a permanent mooring at Paddington Central. This double-decker vessel is helmed by head chef Reagan Ellenbroek, who has been working with exec chef Ross Keeling to craft a menu of seasonal dishes that spotlight the best of British cheese — from stilton stuffed, bacon-wrapped medjool dates to goats' curd with lamb scrumpets and pickled walnuts.
The boat itself is currently being built in Somerset but, come April, you'll be able to get your cheese and charcuterie fix al fresco, from the comfort of The Cheese Barge's open air upper deck (there's also a 40-cover restaurant on the lower deck for when the weather's looking a bit iffy).
The Cheese Barge opens in April 2020 at Sheldon Square, Paddington Central. The launch date is currently TBA — so watch this space!