Eat Me | December Fondue
With the winter nights flooding in and frost hitting the morning buses, it’s officially fondue season. Of course we like to think that our offering at the Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London ice rinks is particularly tasty (it’s certainly inspiring skaters night-after-night to nestle into the chairs and stools of our Dip Dunk Lodges!). But where on the high street can we get these wonderful pots of hot cheese? Here is our hit list:
- St Moritz – stmoritz-restaurant.co.uk
The oldest Swiss restaurant in London – it opened in 1974 – this is the real fondue deal with plenty of cheesy choices: Gruyere, Emmental or Vacherin with crusty bread, potatoes or vegetables as your dippers. More carnivorous types should order the Fondue Bourguignonne – cubes of prime beef you cook yourself at the table in hot oil.
- Walluc – walluc.com
This little family-run French bistro on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street draws you in on frosty nights with its dark red walls, mahogany tables and flickering candles. A wine, fondue and Raclette bar where you can eat and drink hybrid French-Italian fare for about £15 per person? Yes please.
- Tiroler Hut – tirolerhut.co.uk
It may not be gourmet cuisine, but kitsch Austrian restaurant, Tiroler Hut, makes up for it with bundles of noisy character. As you make the narrow descent into the hut on Westbourne Grove, you’ll be accosted by raucous yodelling, dirndl-clad waitresses and shot-downing (they stock Unicum liqueur – Hungary’s answer to Jägermeister). So expect to be dancing before the end of the night. Go for the cheese fondue for two with raw vegetables alongside classic schnitzel and goulash dishes. Prince Harry’s a fan…
- L’ART DU FROMAGE – artdufromage.co.uk
This is the posh Chelsea option and a real chance to get to know your cheese. As well as classic French dishes like escargot and French onion soup, you can opt for the Fondue Savoyarde – Emmental, Comte and Beaufort; or the Raclette with baby potatoes, charcuterie and pickles.
- ANDROUET – androuet.co.uk
This chic cheese shop and bistro is the London outpost of the famous Paris fromagerie. As you can imagine, the whole place is an ode to cheese (with an odour to match!), and the house specialities are Raclette and fondue. Go for the traditional Comté or Emmental or check what today’s special blend is and mop it up with cornichons, charcuterie and tasty bread.