A cheese lovers’ paradise in Hampshire

There’s a certain joie de vivre that comes with tasting different wines and cheeses.

The French have got it down to a fine art, so with that in mind I headed to Cheese and Cheers in Southsea.

A cosy venue in Osborne Road and with the decorative touches of an Alpine cabin, this quirky restaurant has cheese, cheese, and more cheese.

Emmental, Beaufort, Saint Marcellin, Fondue, Normandy Camembert, Raclette – the list goes on!

The menu focuses on hot or cold cheese tapas, allowing you to mix and match dishes with the other foodlovers at your table.

As it was a cold autumn night, I went for melted cheese and the Oeuf Cocotte – a ramekin of Serrano ham, egg, crème fraiche and Comte cheese. My friend opted for that oh-so-80s classic, French Onion Soup topped with a cheesy chunk of baguette. Her silence convinced me it was good!

Then came Tomme de Chevre’s Goats Cheese with honey. This was probably my favourite dish – there’s something about the salty and sweet combination that I can’t get enough of!

It’s amazing how filling cheese and bread can be, so I had just enough room to polish off a baked cheese dish, Fournols, a comforting mix of smoked cheese, crème fraiche and white wine.

I paired all this cheesy goodness with a wine tasting selection of French Riesling, Chablis and Colombard, A great way to spend a Friday evening I’d say!

The service was also very good and the knowledgeable French waitress had plenty of tips about which cheeses to try.

Next time I’m going for the Fondue sharer – the table next to us looked like they were having a ball with it!

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