Afternoon Champagne and Cheese in Brixton

Apr 07, 17 Afternoon Champagne and Cheese in Brixton

Champagne! Most people consider champagne as a celebratory drink and only pop it open on special occasions. I, however, consider champange to be a wine just like any other, albeit with bubbles and it should be drunk with food (and cheese in particular goes very well) accordingly.

art above the bar at Champagne + Fromage, Brixton Village, Brixton, London

The folks at Champagne + Fromage are also firm believers in pairing champagne with food and in particular recommend cheese as the perfect partner. I can hear some people saying, “But aren’t you supposed to pair cheese with red wine?” While that is the conventional wisdom, I find in my personal taste tests that red wine is usually not the best choice. The French sparkler almost always works better because it has the acidity to cut through the fattiness and creaminess of cheese. Not to mention the umamai qualities of parmesan which is fabulous with champagne.

French cheese and Italian charcuterie cocktail bar at Champagne + Fromage, Brixton Village, Brixton, London

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Italian charcuterie hanging Champange + Fromage have partnered champagne with various French cheeses and now offer various pairings with their champagnes. They make it easy for their customers by doing that but of course, if you want to do your own pairings, they won’t say no.

champagne humour

They specialise in Baked Camembert topped with various toppings. Considering that Champagne + Fromage is owned by a Franco-Italian couple, I can see where the idea of cheese with toppings would come about, it’s kind of like a cheese pizza without  the crust! They offer Garlic & Herb (£7), Figs & Thyme (£8), Basil & Sun Dried Tomatoes (£7) and Truffle (£9.50). They also have a rotating list of Monthly Specials.

Baked Camembert with sundried tomatoes and pesto

fresh breada glass of Colin Premier Cru, Blanc de Blancs

The day we visited, we tried their specials,  Corsican Ham & Red Pepper Jam(£8.50), The Pesto & Tomato (£8.50, very popular with the Italian contingent) and Monebeliard sausage & Mustard (£10.50).

Monbeliard sausage and mustart Baked Camembert

selection of Champagnes

We also had the classic Escargot in an herb garlic butter (dz £8) and the Gastroboard (£21 – a selection of cheese and charcuterie). I liked all the champagne pairings. C+F only stock Growers Champagnes which means that each champagne is made by small growers, often families, who don’t produce on a large scale so you can be sure each champagne is unique in it’s own right. The champagnes range in price from £8 – £12 per glass.

Escargots with garlic butter & herbs

Champagne Michel Furdyna Brut and escargots

If you’ve never considered champagne with food, I definitely urge you to visit Champagne + Fromage, they also have other dishes, such as Duck Confit, Tartines and do Afternoon Tea and Brunch on the Weekends. We visited the Brixton branch but they have a few other branches around town.

UPDATE: Since visiting in 2017 I’ve visited Champagne and Fromage many times with various friends, including Wine90 (the CoolerSomm founder) and it never stops evolving and improving. In 2021, they now have restaurants in Brixton, Greenwich, Mercato Metropolitano and Covent Garden!

cheese and charcuterie platterolive tapenade and Stilton cheese with strawberry jam quartet of sparkling wine

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