Mathew Carver – the brains behind both The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese – has announced plans for a third site and let’s just say…
….you’re not going to want to miss the boat on this one.
It’s called The Cheese Barge and it’s going to be a two-storey floating ode to curds, permanently moored along Paddington’s Grand Union Canal. Originally intended to open in March, the purpose-built barge has been maturing like a fine cheese in Somerset, and is finally ready to sail into town.
According to Carver he spent a lot of his childhood messing around on boats, so when this particular opportunity presented itself he just couldn’t resist. ‘We’ve always set out to create fun restaurant experiences’, Carver says, ‘and what could be more fun?’
What indeed, Mathew, what indeed.
The design of The Cheese Barge will draw inspiration from beautiful floating Electa bookshop in Venice, particularly the 40-seater lower deck restaurant, veiled in shimmering sheet of copper. Guests will also be able to enjoy an open-air upper deck for alfresco dining in warmer months.
The menu will be looked after by Head Chef Reagan Ellenbroek, who under the guidance of Executive Chef Ross Keeling, will work to create a menu of unique seasonal dishes, centred – of course – around cheese. Things like Windrush goats’ curd with lamb scrumpets and pickled walnuts for example, or Maida Vale served on treacle soda bread with smoked mackerel and green sauce.
You’ll be able to kick things off with a selection of brand new snacks, like Quicke’s Cheddar curds, curried and tossed in chilli honey. Plus there will be a number of bigger sharing dishes like Aligot, made with a mix of Mrs. Kirkham’s Lancashire, and a half-kilo Baron Bigod.
Head cheesemonger Sam Wilkin will also be curating a weekly-changing list of seasonal British cheeses, paired with exciting, current jams and sauces like green kimchi or chilli dukkah.
You will want to touch it with a bargepole.
NOTE: The Cheese Barge will open early this November. In the meantime, you might want to get a taste for it over at The Cheese Bar.
The Cheese Barge | Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London, W2 6HY
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