Brittania might no longer rule the waves, but there’s at least one cheese-obsessed British chef determined to set sail once again.
If you’ve ever wanted to whey anchor and sample a blue below decks, your cheesy dreams are about to become a reality. Avast, me hearties! A literal cheese barge is coming to London.
Rather than the smaller and significantly less sea-worthy Georgian khachapuri cheese “boats”, this dairy-dedicated vessel is designed with the canals of Camden in mind. The brainchild of cheese-obsessive Matthew Carver, the new Cheese Barge promises to bring a nautical element to his rapidly expanding (ga)lactic empire. Spring suddenly seems a whole lot more exciting.
Check out our behind the scenes look at The Cheese Bar in Camden:
With a design inspired by the nautically-themed Electa Bookshop in Venice, the Barge itself is currently under construction in Somerset. Once finished, the boat will boast room for 40 covers of canal-bound cheese-lubbers, who will be able to stuff themselves to the gills with some of the finest artisanal cheeses around.
According to the Evening Standard, the menu will include an array of classic cheese-themed dishes, including Devils on Horseback - a delicious combination of Medjool dates stuffed with stilton and wrapped in bacon, fried curried cheddar curds, and goats curd served with lamb scrumpets. Chévre me timbers.
As London’s quirky cheese-enthusiasts will be aware, this isn’t that first time that Carver has dabbled in a creative cheese project. In addition to his Cheese Bar in the heart of Camden Market, he has also opened up the world’s first conveyor-belt cheese restaurant at Seven Dials in the West End. Having conquered land and sea, one can only assume that the sky is next.
Although the barge is set to open in April, the exact launch date is yet to be confirmed, though we do know that it will occupy a berth at Sheldon Square, Paddington Central. Carver will certainly hoping that the venture is a success. As ever with these things, the devil is in the brie-tail.