Champagne + Fromage – Covent Garden
“What does cheese say to itself when it looks in the mirror?” “HALLOUMI”
It’s British Cheese Week this week, so what better way to spend it than indulging in the best bubbly and brie there is going…
I’m a big cheese and wine fan so when I heard about Champagne + Fromage I knew I was going to love it. A stone’s throw from Covent Garden’s main market square, it’s close enough to theatres for a pre-show tipple or late night delight.
As you walk in you’re stung by the sweet concoction of camembert and cuvee rose.
The décor is rustic and the buzz of the place is atmospheric. It’s got a very francais feel and it even plays ‘Nostalgi’ radio on the speakers. The fact I knew it was ‘Nostalgi’ radio station cemented the fact I’ve holidayed in the South of France one too many times – but I wouldn’t want it any other way. After all, if there’s one thing the French know how to do, it’s cheese and champagne… and you can’t disabrie!
Eager to get stuck in, we found a little table and scoured the menus…
We ordered two glasses of the Colin Premier Cru Rose which is 85% chardonnay and 15% pinot noir. Since 1829, the family business has been creating chardonnay dominant champagnes in the Côte des Blancs.
An intensely coral and pink colour, it has excellent effervescence without being sharp – the delicate mousse that forms on top almost tastes creamy. It’s scent as well as its taste is as you would imagine – red berries for freshness and liveliness, but with a hint of honey to take off the edge.
We accompanied this with two glasses of the Waris-Larmandier Cuvée Collection Grand Cru which is 100% chardonnay. With its intensity of crisp stone fruit flavours and floral notes, it is a robust champagne which complements creamy cheeses and went perfectly with the stilton.
There’s so much to choose from the food menu, from baked camembert to French onion soup and fondue. We just wanted something we could pick and share so we chose a cheese board and a charcuterie board. For the cheese, you can cheese which type i.e cow, goat or sheep and we went for cow which included Morbier, a sweeter harder cheese, Camembert, the soft stinky socks type but is nevertheless creamy and dreamy and the Bleu d’Auvergne which is like stilton. For the meat, we had the Corsican Cured Meat Selection which included Jambon Corse, Lonzo, Coppa and went very well with the rose.
Okay, okay,,,”What music does cheese listen to?” “R and Brie”.
….*sigh* Okay what about this one… “What does cheese build when it goes to the beach?” “Roquefort” *groan*
Finally, we went for two glasses of the Champagne Lacroix Demi-Sec, with the latter translating to slightly sweet. This means it’s perfect to go with desserts, which is exactly what we did. It’s a blend of 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir and 15% chardonnay. It’s flavours are that of lychee and strawberries and cream – just like a summer dream.
We paired the champagne with the french twist on Tiramisu – Champagne & Raspberry flavour with layers of pink biscuits from Reims & light Champagne, plus a Fondant au Chocolat which is recommended to have with Lacroix Champagne.
The place was bustling by the time we finished…and I took the opportunity to take a few more snaps so you could get a better feel for the place!
On that note, I’ll leave you with this… It’s edam gouda place to go if you’re a lover of anything french, grape or cheese related! But if you’re calorie counting, you’d best think caerphilly before you go!
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