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 this winter. 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.
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
Cheese fondue at Jimmy's Winter Lodge, South Bank
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King of pop-up fondue Jimmy Garcia is back with a bang for winter, the riverside cabin on South Bank kitted out with a ski chalet theme. There's a short but beautiful menu delivering all the heavy, warming joy of an Alpine apres-ski dinner — fondue, steak, onion soup and some of the best (and booziest) hot chocolate we've had all year. If you're in a group of six you can also book one of the igloo-domes along the river for your fondue-fest.
Jimmy's Winter Lodge, The Queen's Walk, Bishop's, London SE1 8XX. 5 November 2021-9 January 2022.
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 four cheese fondue is the highlight. It's served with bread and pickles, and you'll want to take along at least one hungry mate to help you out. 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 are running till February, 2021, and are £23 for a two-course set menu: book here to snag your space (places get snapped up quickly).
The Cheese Bar, 93-94 Camden Stables, NW1 8AH
La Fromagerie's cheese fondue
Cheesemonger La Fromagerie has venues in Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Highbury, each with a lunchtime cafe serving — among other things — cheese fondue. The menu changes regularly, but you can expect Comte D'Estive, Beaufort, Emmental Grand Cru and Le Skieur, 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.
La Fromagerie, 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone W1U 4EW, 30 Highbury Park, N5 2AA and 52 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3LL.
Cheese fondue at Suburb SW11, Clapham Junction
This Clapham Junction bar also offers a cheese fondue. Swiss Emmental and Raclette cheeses are cooked with white wine, or go for the 'nutty and sweet' version, for Raclette and Reblochon, cooked with white wine and a hint of garlic and nutmeg. Both are served with potatoes and broccoli. Chocolate fondue is also available.
Suburb SW11, 148 Falcon Road, SW11 2LW
Cheese fondue at Le Vieux Comptoir, Marylebone
It seems Marylebone's Moxon Street is a bit of a hotcheese 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 finish a day of skiing. No skis necessary in Marylebone Village.
Le Vieux Comptoir, 26-28 Moxon Street, W1U 4EU.