Christmas is an important time for all cheese lovers, a time when indulgence is universally accepted, and nobody can deny you the right to eat a block of brie in one sitting. To help you along the way, we picked 10 of our favourite cheese boards in Notting Hill
1 The Ledbury
Now the proud owner of two Michelin stars, it’s no surprise that The Ledbury’s chef Brett Graham knows a thing or two about good cheese. The selection tends to vary, but they have been known to serve generous quantities of carcassone goat’s cheese and colton basset stilton with walnuts, grapes and rye crispbreads.
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ, theledbury.com
2 Bumpkin Notting Hill
The Farmers Market board at Bumpkin keeps it simple with two cheeses: A citrusy Ragstone goat’s cheese from Ragstone ridge in Kent and a traditional Keens strong British cheddar. But they are all about the trimmings: pickled vegetables, balsamic onions, crispy fried quail eggs, rosemary and garlic Firebread and piccalilli for £14.
209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA, bumpkinuk.com
3 La Cave à Fromage Notting Hill
With a name that translates as ‘the cheese cellar’, expectations for La Cave à Fromage’s board are sky-high. This isn’t your average spread on a slate, however. La Cave primarily operates as a cheesemonger, but it runs regular evening events – normally on a Thursday. This includes the ‘Balanced cheese board and wine’ evening, (next taking place on 8th Jan and 26th February). One of La Cave’s cheese experts will offer advice on how to ‘balance’ a cheese board with a mix of textures, milks, strengths and countries. You’ll have the chance to taste more cheese than you can handle, with specially paired wines. Starts 7.15pm, pre-booking required, £35 per person.
148-150 Portobello Road Notting Hill W11 2DZ, la-cave.co.uk
4 The Red Lemon
Cosy Notting Hill newcomer The Red Lemon (formerly The Pelican) has a compact little cheeseboard for £8 which changes regularly. At the moment, it features a Colston Basset stilton, a tunworth English camembert and a montgommery cheddar served with crackers and chutney.
45 All Saints Road W11 1HE, theredlemon.co.uk
5 Negozio Classica Notting Hill
Negozio is one of London’s best wine bars – specialising in Italian wines, meats and cheese. The actual cheeseboard features a mix of five or six fine Italian cheeses (the choice depends on the chef), all served with quince, honey and seasonal fruits, priced at £16.25.
283 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11 2QA, negozioclassica.co.uk
6 The Shed
The three brothers behind The Shed restaurant (Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin) are obsessed with British produce – so much so that most of what they serve on the premises comes from their own family farm in West Sussex. They don’t have a set cheeseboard; instead you select your own (set price at £4.50 per cheese). It’s not cheap, but the quality is matches the price tag. Try the Connage Clava, a smooth brie made in the Scottish highlands or the strong Lincolnshire Poacher.
122 Palace Gardens Terrace W8 4RT, theshed-restaurant.com
As one of the smallest restaurants in London standing at just 14 covers, it goes without saying that a reservation for chef Marriane Lumb’s establishment is a must. The minimalist menu features fine-dining beauties like Sashimi of Herbridean scallops and Rennes pigeon but it’s the cheeseboard that has our attention. It features a substantial selection of British cheeses, but the gem in the crown is the lesser spotted truffled brie. Dinner 3 courses for £55.
104a Chepstow Road W2 5QS, mariannerestaurant.com
8 The New Angel
The cheese platter at the The New Angel is priced at £14.50 as an extra course (or £10 as dessert), but the portions are substantial. French cheeses are the focus here, though they’ll occasionally have a British blue or soft Italian on the list.
39 Chepstow Place Notting Hill W2 4TS, thenewangel-nh.co.uk
9 Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford’s lunch menu features a simple but hearty British cheese platter, which includes three Daylesford cheeses with bread and chutney for £8.
208-212 Westbourne Grove Notting Hill W11 2RH, daylesford.com
10 The Truscott Arms
Ok – we admit it, The Truscott Arms is Maida Vale, not Notting Hill, but it’s worth the short journey. Now run by Irish chef Aidan McGee (who previously worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), the Truscott has one of the best bar menus going, and is one of just seven London pubs to be included in the Michelin 2015 pub guide. In short – it’s pretty great. Their cheese menu is served for between 1-5, and it’s priced depending on how many are eating (£6 for a single-serving cheeseboard, and £22 for all 5). The cheeses are served with shallot and raisin chutney and delicious sourdough bread.
55 Shirland Road W9 2J, thetruscottarms.com