Mathew Carver – the brains behind both The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese – has announced plans for a third restaurant 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 last 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 draws inspiration from beautiful floating Electa bookshop in Venice, particularly the 40-seater lower deck restaurant, veiled in a shimmering sheet of copper. Up top is an outdoor dining space, and both levels are set to open on 20th May.
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 opens on 20th May. They’re taking bookings now, and you can make one right HERE.
The Cheese Barge | Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London, W2 6HY
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