As if we needed any more of an excuse to tuck into cheesy pots of fondue, it’s apparently National Fondue Day today! So in true Handbook spirit, we’ve rounded up a list of the best places in London to go for a rich, cheesy fondue.
From The Cheese Bar’s indulgent Camden number to Le Bab’s fun take on the oozy dish, scroll on for some serious cheese porn…
If you know anything about London’s cheese scene, you’ll know that The Cheese Bar and their various cheesy restaurants are at the top of the hierarchical table. The king of cheese, if you will. So it’s only natural that an indulgent fondue features on their Camden Stables Market menu.
Perfect for date nights or for celebrations with friends, their molton hot fondue is made with Cornish gouda and Kern cheese. Served alongside new potatoes, cornichons and Coombeshead sourdough, don’t snooze on this one.
Right now they have an exciting fondue collab going on too. Their Fondue Thursdays are back with a line up of guest chefs putting their spin on the classic fondue. This new series will be running from December to March.
Where: Camden Stables Market, Camden, NW1 8AH
Since its opening back in 2019, there’s been serious hype around Heritage’s lavish fondues. And we’re here to confirm that they are indeed worth it all!
These guys don’t just stop at one fondue, they have two cheesy options (plus a sweet) for groups to enjoy. Go simple with the classic moitié-moitié, a mix of Vacherin Fribourgeois and Gruyère cheese or try out their classic fondue with rich black truffle.
If you aren’t fondue-d out, then their sweet fondue is a must. Think melting chocolate with homemade marshmallows, fresh fruits and donuts – yum.
Champagne + Fromage have a whole section on their menu dedicated to melted cheese but right now we only have eyes for the fondue. Suitable for two, their cancoillotte fondue comes with Montbeliarde sausage, potatoes and bread for dipping into the gooey goodness.
Where: 22 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD
Le Bab has cracked the code. They’ve mastered the posh kebab and it involves a big helping of melty fondue. Order one of their ‘dirty bab’ kebabs, a pork shawarma that’s slow cooked for 15 hours with chilli pork jus, spicy sauerkraut, fries and slathered in their signature fondue sauce.
For the vegans out there, fear not. They have you covered with their vegan version made with Beyond Meat vegan ragu, french fries, sandwich pickles, vegan mayo and vegan fondue on their homemade sourdough naan.
Fondue but not as you know it.
Where: Soho, Covent Garden, Dalston & Old Street
Pimp your Friday night and head to Marylebone’s La Fromagerie to try out their Friday night menu. Packed with every kind of cheese you could think of, it’s one to take your cheese loving friends.
Try their fondue, a mix of young Comte, Beaufort Ete, Emmental Fran, Ais Cru and Le Cousin, and dip in all of your favourite accompaniments including charcuterie, crusty bread and new Italian potatoes.
For a true French village experience, book in for a night at Marylebone Village’s Le Vieux Comptoir. The restaurant is renowned for its traditional dishes, all expertly made by their culinary team.
The restaurant specialises in Fondue Savoyarde, which originates from the Savoie region in the French Alps. And although skiing holidays might be off the cards this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a taste of the Alps right here in London.
Where: 26-28 Moxon Street, Marylebone Village, W1U 4EU
Sure, their website might not be the prettiest but that doesn’t stop St Mortiz being one of the greatest restaurants in London serving up fondue. They are after all the oldest Swiss restaurant in the capital.
Their menu is packed with eight different types of fondue, including one sweet chocolate option, so whatever you fancy dripping into your cheesy mix, you know for sure it’s going to be delicious.
Where: 161 Wardour Street, W1F 8WJ
The winter Olympics may be about to begin over in Beijing, but here winter just met the Olympics over in Stratford with the opening of brand new alpine restaurant, Haugen.
The East London Bauhaus-inspired structure rises above Endeavour Square and serves Mountain Fondue, which comes with sourdough, new potatoes and pickles and Tartiflette with reblochon, bacon and potato.
If that’s not enough cheese for one sitting (hint: it probably is), why not order some Raclette, or hit the sausage, as it were, with Vienna Schnitzel served with warm potato salad and lingonberries?
For après ski head upstairs to the rooftop bar and take in the Olympic Park, and raise a glass to the original Haugen, an unsung hero of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Where: 9 ENDEAVOUR SQUARE,
Stratford, E20 1JN