It seems London's culinary star is showing no sign of slowing down. From a bevy of Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants to plant-based, boundary-pushing afternoon teas, there has been no better time to dine in the Big Smoke. Now for the city's latest trick: taking cheese and wine to another level.
Pick & Cheese, the mouth-watering new restaurant by cheese aficionado Mathew Carver is a rotating belt of artisanal cheese plates in Covent Garden's new food market, KERB Seven Dials. Opening September 7, the mini-restaurant will feature a whopping 130-foot conveyor belt carrying 25 different types of cheese, each paired with individual condiments & small producer wines.
Diners choose their desired cheese from the conveyor belt, with the menu featuring an all-British selection of farms and urban producers.
Just like at rotating sushi joints, plates are color-coordinated to indicate their prices. On-the belt-dishes at the lowest pricing point come in cream at $3.60 and include cheese plates like "Clothbound Cheddar, Quicke’s and Devon cheeses paired with tomato relish" and "Stilton, Cropwell Bishop Creamery cheese from Nottinghamshire paired with chocolate & oat cookie". Then diners can pick up gray, blue, red, and yellow plates. The yellow plate menu currently includes Bresaola air-dried salted beef from Black Hand Food charcuterie.
Off-the-belt menu items range from a four-cheese grilled sandwich to a blue cheese soft-serve dessert for those brave enough to order (it's made with Beauvale cheese, pear coulis, honeycomb, and chocolate shavings).
Once diners have finished their dairy delights, the rest of the market is worth exploring too, with notable and exciting local names including:
- Club Mexicana
- Square Root Soda
- Monty’s Deli
- Yum Bun
- El Pollotte
- Big Shot Coffee & Donuts
- Crown & Queue
- Wheelcake Island
- Hackney Gelato
- Roadkill Butchery
- England Preserves
- East London Liquor Company
- The English Flowerhouse
- Kerb General Store
The market opens its doors to the public on September 7. From then, it will be open seven days a week, with traders serving 11:00 am to 11:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, and from noon until 10:30 pm on Sundays.