This May, Mathew Carver, founder of Pick & Cheese and The Cheese Bar, will finally launch his new restaurant, The Cheese Barge, a double-decker vessel permanently moored on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central. Originally scheduled to open in Spring 2020, the barge has spent the last year self-isolating in Somerset, and is now ready to lead the charge in The Cheese Bar’s mission to champion British cheese.
Drawing on Mathew’s passion for excellent craftsmanship and his continuing support for British trades, The Cheese Barge has been built by master boatbuilders. Designed by Adam Richards Architects, the vessel’s design takes cues from the Electa bookstore in Venice – itself inspired by ship design – with a beautiful copper ‘veil’ acting as an awning for the 40 cover lower deck dining room. A 20 cover open-air upper deck also provides the perfect spot for those looking to dine alfresco on those warm spring evenings.
Head Chef Reagan Ellenbroek has been working with Exec Chef Ross Keeling to create a refined menu of honest British dishes using small producer cheese including: Windrush Goats’ Curd with lamb scrumpets and pickled walnuts; Cropwell Bishop Stilton ‘Devils on Horseback’ - medjool dates stuffed with Stilton and wrapped in bacon; and Maida Vale, a washed rind cheese from Village Maid, served on treacle soda bread with smoked mackerel and green sauce.
For guests looking to feast, sharing plates will include Aligot, made with Mrs. Kirkham’s Lancashire, and a half-kilo Baron Bigod, made especially by Fen Farm Dairy for the Barge, and served baked to order. The team have also devised the perfect sharing snack, in the form of fried Quicke’s Cheddar curds, curried and tossed in chilli honey.
Head cheesemonger, Sam Wilkin, will also be curating a rotating list of seasonal British cheeses served with individual pairings including Spenwood with quince and almond fruit cheese; Winslade with chilli dukkah and St Andrews Cheddar with green kimchi.
It feels great to finally launch The Cheese Barge! It was heart-breaking to down tools and not get to open our doors last year. However our excitement for this project has never waned, and myself and the team couldn’t be more excited to share this INCREDIBLE vessel with everyone. British cheese on a boat, what’s not to love?
The Cheese Barge will open on the 20th May 2020 at Sheldon Square, Paddington Central. Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sundays 12pm – 8pm.
Reservations for The Cheese Barge are now open and can be booked at https://www.thecheesebar.com/paddington/
Notes to Editors
The Cheese Truck and The Cheese Bar
World Cheese Awards judge Mathew Carver founded The Cheese Truck in 2014. Along with his converted 1970s ice cream van, Archie, Mathew set out on a mission to celebrate and promote the best of British cheese by making the most irresistible grilled cheese sandwiches in London. Fast forward 3 years and, after a successful crowdfunding campaign (reaching his funding target of £130,000 in just 6 days) Mathew opened his flagship restaurant, The Cheese Bar, in the historic Grade 2 listed Camden Stables Market.
The restaurant’s menu champions a new breed of cheese makers through its inventive, cheese-focused small plates and sharing dishes. Some are making cheese in a traditional and thoughtful way, whilst others are pushing the boundaries of cheesemaking, and shaking up an industry that was previously facing decline.
The Cheese Bar is an official training partner for the Academy of Cheese, offering the Associate Level One Course from February 2020.
Pick & Cheese
The world’s first cheese conveyor belt, Pick & Cheese opened its doors in September 2019 at KERB’s Seven Dials Market. A 40m conveyor belt, laden with plates of British cheeses and charcuterie, winds its way around the restaurant. Guests can follow founder Mathew Carver’s suggested tasting flights, or simply help themselves to that day’s selection as it passes their table. The cheese, all sourced from UK-based farms and urban cheesemakers, reflects founder Mathew’s continued passion for supporting small producers.
Paddington Central is an 11 acre, mixed-use neighbourhood next to Paddington Station in London’s West End. Located approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Paddington Central has excellent transport connections to Heathrow Airport and Central London, soon to be enhanced by the arrival of Crossrail in 2019.
Since acquiring Paddington Central, owners British Land have invested significantly in its buildings, outside environment and retail offering. With the wellbeing of its workers and local people in mind, the campus’ green spaces and location alongside the Grand Union Canal offer an attractive environment to spend time before, during and after the working day and throughout the weekend.
The campus is home to a variety of interesting businesses, including global companies such as Microsoft, Kingfisher, Finastra, Vodafone and Mars. These businesses thrive alongside gyms, cafés, restaurants and bars including Pergola, West London’s largest al fresco drinking and dining destination, and floating eateries along the canal.
British Land has a portfolio of high quality UK commercial property focused on London Offices and Retail around the UK. They own or manage a portfolio valued at £15.4bn (British Land share: £11.7bn) as at 30 September 2019 making them one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.
Their strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles - Places People Prefer. They do this by creating great environments both inside and outside buildings and use scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.
Their Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 55% of our portfolio. The Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 41% of our portfolio. Increasingly British Land’s focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, the 53 acre redevelopment opportunity where they have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.
Sustainability is embedded throughout the business. Their places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. In April 2016 British Land received the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK's highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.
Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com
Adam Richards Architects
Adam Richards Architects is an award-winning architectural practice founded in 2000. Based in design studios in London and Sussex, ARA has developed a reputation for a wide range of arts, cultural, heritage and residential projects. From its inception, ARA’s approach has been to transform the deeper cultural themes within its projects into engaging critical, spatial, social and structural propositions. Often with unique objects and unusual sites, ARA work collaboratively with clients to find inspiring, inventive and affordable ways of making their environments better.
The practice has built a reputation for the quality of its designs, winning a range of national and international awards including the 2019 RIBA National Award and South East Building of The Year. Adam Richards Architects gained international recognition for the critically acclaimed Ditchling Museum of Art + Crafts, which was chosen by the Sunday Times as the architectural highlight of the year.