Cheese and charcuterie lovers got their got their chance to sample a delicious range of classic and more unusual British and European cheeses and cured meats at the new Cheesy Grape restaurant on Market Place which opened last week.
The former Patisserie Valerie cafe has been renovated and designed with a rustic, social, wine bar dining feel. Diners can choose from a choice of 24 different cheeses from blues, to soft, hard, rinded to vegan and 8 different meats including bresola, saucisson, salami and chorizo on single, sharing or party boards. The boards come with Lawlor’s locally freshly made bread, dipping oil, homemade chutney, cornichons, grapes and apples. The boards start at £14.95 for 2 cheese and 2 meats.
With the classic 1970s fondue making a come back, the restaurant offers a homemade cheese fondue made with gruyere, emmental and comté, cream and sweet wine served with crudités, grapes and freshly baked bread. A chocolate sweet version is also available for dessert served with berries and marshmallows.
The menu also includes individual dishes such as stuffed vine leaves, homemade sausage or cheese rolls, live parfait and mushroom pate.
Offering an extensive wine list, there is a selection of wines that are probably new to most along with those you would readily recognise to accompany the dishes.
Owner, Rebecca Benson said, “I was absolutely delighted with the turn out and to finally be open after many set backs and hurdles. I look forward to welcoming people into the Cheesy Grape and have been made feel so welcome by everyone who has come through the doors so far. There are still things that needs tweaking and I am working on them as we move forward and have been very grateful for peoples feedback. Please do keep an eye out for events and more to come in the future. ”
For more details go to www.thecheesygrape.co.uk