There are two of these in London, one in Marylebone and one in Highbury.
We went to the Highbury shop....good bye diet! I think a cheese and wine lunch is in order!!
La Fromagerie is one of the BEST cheese shops in all of London with different cheeses sourced from all over the world.
As we walked in it looked very quaint and cosy with an intimate tasting cafe for 6...a few benches for eating. At the back was a maturing cellar.....basically a chilled walk-in cheese room....CHEESE HEAVEN :)
The smell was incredible and I couldn't wait to start sampling all the delicious cheeses and of course swigging it down with a juicy glass of red!!
We sat at a bench by the window and browsed the menu......we ordered a French cheese sharing board and a charcuterie plate (which were both around £8) with some olives, fresh bread, crackers and two selected glasses of house red to accompany the cheese.
There were 5 different cheeses on the sharing board, each one was just beautiful and she explained where they were from and what kind of cheeses they were.
FRENCH CHEESE BOARD
CHABICHOU, POITOU, Goat
Fresh tasting soft, yet quite close textured cheese
COULOMMIERS, ILE DE FRANCE
A velvety white crust housing a mellow rich cheese
SALERS D`ESTIVE, AUVERGNE, Cow
Firm texture with a definite edge when aged, in the style of a cheddar
Inside is a rich, moist, spicy cheese which should be almost melting
BLEU DE GEX, HAUT Jura, CowThreads of blue veins work their way through the creamy, crumbly pate
The charcuterie plate consisted of various hams, one with truffle which I hadn't tried before and also duck rillettes which is a kind of pate made with succulent duck, really tasty and great to spread on warm bread :)
The house wine we had was a French Cabernet Sauvignon and it went beautifully with the cheese.
This is where we sat...
After an hour or so of indulging ourselves and watching the world go by from the window, we had another look around the shop. There are so many delectable treats it's hard to take them all in and also hard not to try and eat everything!
Despite being HUGELY tempted by the all the cakes and pastries we opted for cappuccinos to wake us up from our heavenly cheese coma.
I will be going to the one in Marlebone soon, which is a bigger version of this place, to try more delicious treats.
It was such a lovely lunch and really nice to do something different.
I strongly recommend this absolute gem.
Unfortunately you cannot book so I suggest if there are more than two of you to go to the one Marylebone.
Right I'm off to the gym now!!!