I have visited this little gem, maybe three or four times over the years. I keep on coming back because Champagne and Fromage just does what it says on the tin consistently well, great cheese, great champagne, and a few other French delights such as charcuterie, baguettes, salads and desserts.
The two I have visited in Brixton and Covent Garden, a fairly small, holding no more than 25 tables, and dressed like a quaint French bistro. The group operate a total of four within London, with others locations in Greenwich and Newington.
Let me just expand on why I am such a huge fan of this concept. As someone that has avidly explored champagnes over a number of years, and having arrived at a place, of understanding the good from the bad steering well away from mainstream (lower end) champagnes, I was happily surprised to find a list of 25-30 champagnes, varying in style, non vintage and vintage, with about 25% of them served by the glass. The cheerful French waiter explained that the champagnes have all been produced by award winning, family owned producers…non of which are recognisable brands ( I smile at this!), and with this is sold at much more reasonable pricing than any Champagne within a typical restaurant. Glass prices start at £8, and if unfamiliar with Champagne styles, ordering the flight (priced at £21), is a easy way of trying three 70ml glasses of three different types of champagne.
Sharing boards in a bistro is for me a tasting menu in a fine dining restaurant, allows me to try as many delights as possible within one sitting. With a cheese selection spanning 50 cheese, and a list of extensive charcuterie options, I simply described my likes/dislikes to the waiter, to later arrived with a board of the most wonderful selection to compliment my bubbles.
We opted for the Gastroboard XL (Priced at £30), which included five cheese, five meats, cornichons and three tapenades. On the face of it, £30 may seem fairly high in price, for a bit of cheese and ham, the quality and portion size are enough for this to quite easily act as lunch or even dinner.