Looking for cheese fondue in London? These restaurants, cafes, bars and winter pop-ups all serve the heavenly melted dish for warming up your cockles in winter (or summer, we're not here to judge). Dip potatoes and dunk bread into cheese fondue with wild abandon. Type of cheese used varies by venue but hey, have you ever met a bowl of melted cheese that you didn't like? Read on to make yourself very, very hungry.
And by the way, if you come seeking chocolate fondue, check out our untuous guide.
Cheese fondue at The Cheese Bar, Camden
Cheese toasties, burgers and salads make up the bulk of the menu at The Cheese Bar, but as far as we're concerned, the gouda and kern cheese fondue is the highlight. It's served with sourdough bread and pickles, and you'll want to take along at least one hungry mate to help you out as it's made for two. We tried the special Christmas edition back in 2017 — turns out cheese makes everything better, even Brussels sprouts:
Fondue Thursdays at The Cheese Bar's Camden restaurant run throughout the winter months and are £28 for a two-course set menu: book to snag your space (places get snapped up quickly).
The Cheese Bar, 93-94 Camden Stables, NW1 8AH
Champagne + Fromage, Greenwich
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As if devouring chunks of bread dripping with oozy French cheese wasn't indulgent enough, here's your chance to team it with another luxury: champagne. At Champagne + Fromage in Greenwich, buy your bubbles by the glass then take your pick from a Cancoillette or Mont d'Or fondue. The latter even has champagne baked into the dish. Both come with potatoes, bread and are big enough to share — bring a hungry friend.
Champagne + Fromage, 34 Church Street, SE10 9BL
Swiss cheese fondue at St Moritz, Soho
Of course London's oldest Swiss restaurant does a cheese fondue. Heck, it has a whole section of the menu dedicated to cheese fondues (with a chocolate option at the bottom too), and all require a two-person minimum to order. Gruyere, emmental and vacherin cheeses feature heavily, and all the cheese fondues are made with white wine, for an extra warming touch. For our money, it's the Fondue Forestiere — bubbling cheese mixed with wild mushrooms, and served with bread cubes. Oh boy.
St Moritz, 161 Wardour Street, W1F 8WJ
La Fromagerie's cheese fondue, various
Cheesemonger La Fromagerie has venues in Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Highbury. Each venue presents a slightly different menu, but cheese fondue is a stalwart. Bloomsbury is open for lunch and dinner — make the most of the opportunity to dive into Comte D'Estive, Beaufort and Emmental Grand Cru, all melted together in a beautiful pot of cheesy goodness. It's served with bread as standard, but you can pay a bit extra for charcuterie items or potatoes and broccoli, if that's where your dipping preferences sit. You can also try the dish at Marylebone for lunch or Friday supper. Highbury, meanwhile, hosts Friday night fondue evenings. Book ahead.
La Fromagerie, 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone W1U 4EW, 30 Highbury Park, N5 2AA and 52 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3LL.
Swiss Bread Bakery and Café, Richmond
A lovely local haunt and purveyor of all things delicious, Swiss Bread Bakery's in-house cafe serves lunch 11am-2pm, Tuesday to Saturday. You'll want to jot down those times, because the cheese fondue here is a firm favourite. Served in a 'proper' fondue pot with a choice of traditional or truffled Swiss cheese, this independent understands the art of fondue inside out. Even the chunks of bread for dipping are baked overnight in the on-site bakery.
Swiss Bread Bakery and Café, 175 Ashburnham Road, TW10 7NR
Cheese fondue at Le Vieux Comptoir, Marylebone
It seems Marylebone's Moxon Street is a bit of a hot cheese hotspot, because just along the road from La Fromagerie (mentioned above), you'll find Le Vieux Comptoir. French through and through, the shop specialises in wine and charcuterie, while the restaurant side of the business dishes up duck confit, steak tartare, and of course, fondue. Here, it's a Fondue Savoyarde, traditionally served in the Savoie region of the French Alps to reward a day of skiing. No skis necessary in Marylebone Village.
Le Vieux Comptoir, 26-28 Moxon Street, W1U 4EU.
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Futuristic decor meets alpine classics at Hausen, a swish all-day restaurant (with rooftop terrace) overlooking the Olympic Park. Forget your intimate bistros — this is where to pair bonafide fondue with a bit of buzz. The fondue-for-two, made from gruyere, raclette, white wine and garlic, is a big hitter. Bonus points for the generous helping of pickles and charcuterie meats on the side. It costs £25. Alternatively, save your appetite for the restaurant's popular Fondue Nights where you have the choice of five fondue flavours, including cured ham and chive or roast pumpkin and onion.
Haugen, 9 Endeavour Square, E20 1JN.