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The Cheese Bar Train © Nic Crilly-Hargrave Photography

Review: Pick & Cheese at Seven Dials Market

Prepare to loosen your belt as a new restaurant featuring the UK’s first cheese conveyor belt has opened in Seven Dials Market in Covent Garden.

Pick & Cheese works in the same way as a sushi conveyor belt: diners sit at the counter and grab as many plates of cheese as they like. Prices are according to the plates’ colours.

All 25 plates are put together with cheese made by small British producers, paired with condiments ranging from fig and cocoa spread to basil-stewed blackberries.

Sample Gubbeen, a light Irish cheese served with sweet and sour pineapple, or Fellstone – similar to a crumbly Wensleydale – and sherry-poached cherries. If you prefer strong cheese, opt for Rollright, which comes with bacon treacle spread, or Renegade Monk, a pungent cheese from Somerset served with Earl Grey tea jelly.

Founder Mathew Carve © Nic Crilly-Hargrave Photography

Founder Mathew Carve is also behind The Cheese Truck at Maltby Street Market near London Bridge and The Cheese Bar in Camden’s Stables Market. He says: ‘There are so many amazing British cheeses – when you buy them, you support an industry that was once in decline.’

You can also nibble on British charcuterie plates such as Hereford beef bresaola and Suffolk salami.

Les Caves de Pyrene has created the natural wine list. Glasses are 75ml, so you can try a few –perhaps the Benimaquía Tinajas, a Spanish orange wine with spicy notes.

Pick & Cheese is ideal for lunch or a quick evening bite, but if you want to linger for more than an hour, book one of two booths that seat groups of up to six. Look out, too, for occasional talks and workshops.

Short’s Garden, WC2H 9AT
020 7428 6441 | www.thecheesebar.com


Fancy a tipple after your cheese? Head to Cahoots. Read our review of Cahoots cocktail bar here

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