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Not satisfied with opening a cheese bar and the world's first cheese conveyor belt, Mathew Carver is taking his theme one step further; The Cheese Barge - hand-crafted in Somerset - hosts a two-storey, 40-cover restaurant. Executive chef Ross Keeling and head chef Reagan Ellenbroek have created a menu of “honest British dishes using small producer cheese”. The opening has been twice delayed due to lockdowns.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Mathew Carver’s floating ode to the cheeses of Britain and Ireland is a 96 ft double-decker barge moored in Paddington Basin that delights turophiles with cheese-based meals accompanied by a “nice selection of wines at a reasonable price”, with simpler cheese boards and toasties available in the afternoon. The group also operates a cheese conveyor belt in Seven Dials and a new cheese and natural wine bar, Funk, in Shoreditch.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Bonkers idea”, but “great fun” – Matthew Carver’s custom-designed, double-decker barge moored in Paddington Basin serves a “good cheese-based menu” that celebrates cheeses made in Britain and Ireland. “It makes for a jolly experience on a sunny day, but” – although true turophiles might disagree – can seem something of “a one trick pony”. Stablemates include the world’s first cheese conveyor belt, in Seven Dials.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Bit of a one-trick pony… but we knew that!”. Not satisfied with opening a cheese bar and the world’s first cheese conveyor belt, Matthew Carver has taken his theme one step further: a barge – hand-crafted in Somerset no less – to create a two-storey, 40-cover restaurant with outside terrace permanently moored in Paddington Basin and officially launched (after two previous attempts) in June 2021. Its honest British dishes incorporate many small producer cheeses, and feedback suggests results are dependable, with the Guardian’s Grace Dent reporting ‘cheesy stupefaction… silly, but fun’.

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Sheldon Square, London, W2 6HY

Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.00 £8.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%
Sheldon Square, London, W2 6HY
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:45pm, 5:30 pm‑7:15pm

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