Champagne + Fromage - Bath
I don’t know about you, but, 2018 has flown by, and soon it will be time for us all to bid farewell to the past 12 months and welcome in the new year. Tell me, how will you be celebrating?
An evening spent curled up on the sofa with your favourite people and fur babies, along with a box of chocolates, ready to join the rest of the (sitting) nation when Big Ben strikes midnight? Or, perhaps you’ll be dancing on tables and belting out Auld Lang Syne with one arm around a friend (or stranger!), and, a tipple in the other? Much to my Grandmother’s horror, I am still yet to master all of Robert Burns’s lyrics, but I am sure I’m not the only one who mumbles their way through this traditional folk song!
Anyway, for my final post of the year, I am taking us to Champagne + Fromage, to indulge our appetites with a fantastic array of rustic fare and fizz. As the name suggests, Champagne + Fromage serves a vast selection of award-winning champagnes, alongside an authentic French menu (we will come on to their scrumptious charcuterie boards in a moment!). Joining Bath’s fantastic community of independents, Champagne + Fromage opened on George Street in Bath just a few short weeks ago. Director and co-founder, Stefano Frigerio, recently got in touch to see if I would be keen to review the menu, and take a peek behind the doors of his new venture outside of London*
*Londoners, visit here to discover if there’s a Champagne + Fromage near you!
What resides behind the doors of Champagne + Fromage is a concept store and bistro (the bistro is named Comptoir + Cuisine, where we will soon be heading). You will discover an Aladdin’s cave of kitchenware, utensils, furnishings, homeware and accessories as you enter from the road, all sourced from a “trusted range of both well known, and smaller scale French brands”. Once you’ve perused the store, you will find three dining areas, stretched across three floors…
On the lower ground floor, a sumptuous lounge bar awaits, serving a menu of cheese, charcuterie and snacks, all designed to compliment the extensive range of ‘Grower Champagnes’ (available both by the bottle and by the glass) with a selection of cocktails. Here you can also choose from a range of artisan produced beers and wines from France.
This space, I was told, is ideal for private hire, parties, receptions, meetings or celebrations…
Scott and I chose to dine upstairs - the space was bright and light, ideal territory for taking photos.
Finding a cosy nook, which enjoyed views across bustling George Street below, we soon buried our brows in the menu…
Comptoir + Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, serving a mouthwatering selection of nibbles, cheeses and charcuterie boards, plus salads and a tempting range of tapas style French sharing plates…
We began with some nibbles - the ‘Fruity Comte, Croquettes with Honey Sauce’ (£5) arrived hot and too tasty to share! Although, as ‘tis the season of giving, I allowed Scott a brief look-in ;)
Alongside those irresistible plump, golden croquettes, we tried the ‘Mixed Mushroom Toast’, (£5) and ‘Croustillant Goats Cheese and Aubergine’ (£5.50).
Add to these dishes the cheese and charcuterie sharing boards, and you are guaranteed a successful soirée!
Scott and I chose to sample the ‘Selection of 3 Cheeses, 3 Cured Meats and 2 Tapenades’ (£25).
I found myself in cheeseboard heaven! What could be more sublime than tucking into cheeses, meats, chutneys, pickles and fresh bread, especially at this time of year?!
As well as slices of ‘Saucisson made with Boar’ and ‘Pork Coppa and Shoulder’, our sharing board arrived with ‘Roquefort’, ‘Pérail’ and ‘Altesse des Vosages’ cheeses, accompanied by a ‘Goji Berries Tapenade,’ and ‘Black Olive Tapenade’.
After a fantastic lunch, we finished with a pot of peppermint tea to share.
If you haven’t visited Champagne + Fromage yet, then you know what I am going to say! If the thought of wining and dining on champagne, cheeses and gorgeous French tapas sounds like a delicious way to spend an afternoon or evening, then book a table and be ready for a fabulous feast! Visit here for further details regarding the restaurant.
Thank you so much to Stefano and Pablo for their hospitality and generosity, Scott and I look forward to returning in 2019!
Just a final note from me… As I mentioned earlier, this is my last blog of 2018, so if you have followed any of my adventures this year, then thank you very much for visiting my website. Whether you have stopped by fleetingly, or, grabbed yourself a cuppa and had a good read, I appreciate the support. I will be back in the new year with more content, so see you in January, folks, and, happy holidays!