The Cheese Bar has announced a £200,000 crowdfunding campaign as it prepares to open a new restaurant and subterranean wine bar in central London this winter.
The Cheese Bar’s first crowdfunding campaign for its Camden Market home reached the target of £100,000 in three days, with an additional £26,000 pledged on top of the goal amount. Now Carver is launching another campaign with Crowdcube which will open on 20 August and have a £200,000 goal.
The west end restaurant will be the second site for the company which champions British cheese and will feature a menu inspired by founder Mathew Carver’s innovative plates and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
There will also be a basement wine bar with a selection of natural wines to pair with cheese and charcuterie plates. The 70-bottle wine list, from both old and new world vineyards, keeps a focus on unusual natural wines to complement the earthy flavours of farmhouse cheeses, such as Dinavolino Bianco and Pierre Frick, Reisling.
At the new Cheese Bar, the menu will use only British produce, which is sourced from Carver’s favourite urban cheesemakers, including La Latteria and Gringa Dairy in Peckham, as well as further afield around the UK.
Carver said: “There’s nowhere else in the world with a cheese scene as exciting as the UK’s at the moment, so we’re looking forward to bringing even more incredible cheese to central London. The response to our first crowdfunding campaign was unbelievable, so we’re hoping that London’s cheese fans have an appetite for more.”