The best places for sampling cheese & wine

Grab your pipe and cravat and enjoy...

Strawberries and cream, Simon and Garfunkel, gin and tonic, Jedward and a deep, steep-sided, water-filled quarry...

Some things in life are just destined to go together. Cheese and wine are one such pairing. And we're not talking Dairylea triangles and a glass of Isla Negra here... this is cheese and wine for the gourmand.

So put your trust in the best fromagers and sommeliers of London as they guide your senses through one of life's most magnificent pairings...

The Crusting Pipe
27 The Market WC2E 8BE
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden

AIL Says: Although Crusting Pipe is slap bang in the middle of Covent Garden’s Market Building, it’s not as widely known about as it should be. They have a selection of award-winning British cheeses including Stinking Bishop, the Camembert-like Waterloo and semi-hard goat’s cheese Rachel; wines are mostly French or from the New World, and have been chosen by independent winery Davy’s.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 8/10
L'art Du Fromage
1A Langton Street SW10 0JL
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Fulham Broadway (0.6 miles)

AIL Says: This is London’s only restaurant devoted to cheese, and it is turophile heaven. The menu has tartiflettes, fondue and tartes flambées as well as cheese flavoured ice cream for dessert. The wine list is French, with plenty from the Alsace region to complement the food.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Champagne & Fromage
22 Wellington Street Covent Garden WC2E 7DD
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The bistro of French Bubbles offers grower champagnes instead of wine, with an expert selection of vintage and non-vintage varieties. To eat there is charcuterie, cheeseboards, tartines and a highly delectable chocolate fondue with tangy blue cheese.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Vivat Bacchus
47 Farringdon Street EC4A 4LL
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Most of the wines at Vivat Bacchus are South African, but the cheese platters are British, French, Italian or Swiss. They also host regular cheese and wine tastings.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 6/10
Gordon's Wine Bar
47 Villiers Street WC2N 6NE
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross

AIL Says: London’s oldest wine bar (and one of the capital’s most romantic) has wine to suit all budgets, as well as cheese platters with smoked Raclette, taleggio, Manchego, Saint Nectaire and many more.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 9/10
La Fromagerie
4 Moxon Street Marylebone W1U 4EW
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Baker Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Both La Fromagerie shops have a fantastic variety of cheeses, but their Marylebone branch also has a “tasting café”. You can start the day with a breakfast cheese platter with fruit, later on have a plate of Reblochon, Tomme de corse and Savoie, or choose dishes from the cheese and wine pairing menu.

St Moritz Restaurant
161 Wardour Street W1F 8WJ
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This Swiss restaurant (the one with the nightclub next door) specialises in fondue as well as bratwurst, rosti and raclette. Switzerland may not be renowned for its vineyards, but all the wine here is Swiss, so it’s a good place to find out more about them.

  • USERS 4/10
10a Lamb Street Shadwell E1 6EA
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Shoreditch (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This shop in Old Spitalfields Market has a restaurant where you can make up your own cheeseboard from a good choice of French and British cheeses, along with extras like charcuterie, cornichons and quince jelly. The wine list is largely French, with many wines available by the glass and carafe.

Star & Garter
4 Lower Richmond Road SW15 1LB
Region: Putney
Nearest Station: Putney Bridge (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: This venue has its very own cheese maturing room in-house, so there’s a wide choice of cow’s, sheep’s, blue, hard, soft, etc. There’s an enomatic dispenser so there are more wines available by the glass than usual, allowing you to try a different wine with each cheese.

5 William Iv Street WC2N 4DW
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross

AIL Says: While the food is highly recommended, the fantastic wine list alone makes Terroirs worthy of a visit. The cheese is supplied by Androuet in Spitalfields, and although there is a strong bias towards French wines there are plenty of other European options.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10

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