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). 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 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 2017 edition — turns out cheese makes everything better, even Brussels sprouts:
This cheese-centric restaurant in Camden Market is currently planning to open a second restaurant in Covent Garden — something we applaud heartily.
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.
Also look out for Fondue Fridays in the Highbury branch, serving a different variety of cheesy goodness every Friday evening.
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 Champagne + Fromage, Covent Garden
This French bistro and shop has venues dotted around London and specialises — unsurprisingly — in bubbles and cheese. Fondue is served at the Covent Garden branch, and is rather a fancy affair (with a price tag upwards of £50 per person). The base is Mont D'Or cheese, and it comes with champagne. It's served for groups of eight or more, and you'll need to pre-order (so not one for when a spontaneous cheese craving takes hold).
Champagne + Fromage, 22 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD (other venues at Brixton/Greenwich/Mercato Metropolitano — but no fondue on the menu there)
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 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 finish a day of skiing. No skis necessary in Marylebone Village.
Le Vieux Comptoir, 26-28 Moxon Street, W1U 4EU.
Fondue Savoyarde at Alpes, Pop Brixton
With a name like 'Alpes', fondue is the very least we expect at this restaurant from the Raclette Brothers team. This trendy cheese restaurant in the even trendier Pop Brixton serves up a Fondue Savoyarde, consisting of a blened of Gruyere, Ogleshield and Raclette cheeses — and with unlimited baguette and pickles for £15 per person, it sounds like a bargain to us.
Alpes, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW8 8PQ.
Cheese fondue in igloos at Jimmy's Lodge, South Bank
Winter pop-up Jimmy's Lodge is back on South Bank this winter, with an Alpine-style lodge, and those much-loved igloos. The menu includes a traditional Alpine fondue consisting of mixed charcuterie new potatoes in Kentish rapeseed oil dressing and fresh herbs, mixed salad, and sourdough baguette. To get your hands on the fondue won't be cheap, as you'll have to hire one of the igloos. They're private (for 6-10 people), they're heated.... and they require a minimum spend of £600. £600 0f fondue? Challenge accepted.
Jimmy's Lodge, South Bank. Full details TBC — sign up for updates.
Cheese fondue at Fortnum's Lodge at Somerset House
The Fortnum's Lodge at Somerset House pops up alongside the ice rink each winter, and offers a warming cheese fondue. It's served with wine, in a super sleek, Scandi-style setting, making the sharing dish ideal for date night. Chocolate fondue is also available.
Fortnum's Lodge at Somerset House, 14 November 2018-6 January 2019