At the beginning of last year, we shared some very exciting news. An entire barge dedicated to fromage was about to float its way into London. Then, the world changed (you probably heard about it), and our fantasies of scoffing stilton on the Grand Union Canal melted away faster than a slice of Swiss on the Central Line during summer.
Luckily, a global pandemic wasn't enough to sink The Cheese Barge. This floating restaurant has at last opened, and it looks like heaven for dairy devotees.
This 96ft double-decker vessel is permanently moored at Paddington Basin and boasts a seasonal menu starring a wide range of British cheeses. We particularly like the look of the whole baked Baron Bigod (try saying that one with a mouth full of fondue) and the goats curd and lamb scrumpets.
Choose between a veritable fromage feast inside the main dining room, or cheesy snacks al fresco on the boat's roof terrace. Whichever you opt for, know that there'll be plenty of wine from small producers to wash it all down with.
The Cheese Barge, Paddington Basin. Open 12pm-11pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and 12pm-6.45pm on Sundays.