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Cheesy Date

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You can’t beat a good cheesy date.

I say that because I’m an incredibly cheesy date. I just can’t help but make dad jokes, terrible puns and generally embarrass myself!

But dates really don’t come much cheesier than the one I had a few nights ago.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-1

Set on the glittering Shoreditch rooftop of The Boundary, surrounded by citrus trees, twinkling lights, candles, open fires and the pitter patter of rain on the orangery roof.

The cheese doesn’t stop there, oh no.

They’ve just launched their new Alpine cheese menu.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-2

Hot cocktails, and a choice of three melted cheeses;

Baked Vacherin

Raclette

Fondue

All served with bottomless sides of cold meats, buttered, fluffy new potatoes and chopped up focaccia.

Unable (or unwilling) to decide, we chose all three cheeses. They all just sounded too gouda to miss!

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-3

Warming up with vin chaud and pretending we were on a Swiss mountain top.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-4

I resisted yodelling. Just.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-5

Stupidly soft poloneck // Silver May ring

The kitchen opens onto the dining room, so we looked on like hungry mutts.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-6

Our raclette arrived first.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-7

A hearty slice of raclette, toasting gently beneath the heat lamps.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-8

Origionally a peasant’s dish from the Swiss/French Alps, it’s made to be melted.

Cow herders would take it on their travels and melt it beside the campfire in the evenings, scraping off layers as they melted, and piling it in melted ribbons onto crunchy bread.

Racler means to scrape.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-9

It is a true joy to watch and a delightfully interactive dining experience.

Winning date material.

Raclette

No sooner had we finished (and I was nibbling on the fire blackened rind) than our next wheel of cheese arrived.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-15

A baked Vacherin Mont d’Or.

Rich, velvety, strong, French cheese; begging to be dunked into.

If you’ve never had one before, think baked camembert on steroids. Double the flavour, double the size, and even smoother.

Especially fantastic washed down with a glass of The Boundary’s grog.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-16

Finally, we moved onto the fondue.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-17

The classic French indulgence.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-18

Not quite as thick as we’d have liked, but that was probably a blessing after so much cheese!

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-19

We nibbled our way through the evening, slurping hot cocktails and rolling our eyes in sheer joy with each bite.

We turned down the offer of pudding, and sat late into the night watching the rain pour down outside.

Alpine Cheese Fest, London-20

Didn’t I tell you? You just can’t beat a cheesy date!

Find The Boundary here. The rooftop’s open every day from 10am.

You can book! – 020 7729 1051

For the rest of January you get a free round of vin chaud for everyone who takes along an item of ski gear.

Just remember; if you have a few cocktails – get home caerphilly!


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  • Emma

    This place looks amazing! Which cheese was your favorite??

    • Rosie

      The raclette!

  • Cocktail Saturdays

    Brie’lliant post Rosie, sounds like a perfect date.

    http://www.cocktailsaturdays.com

  • Kaitlyn

    Looks like a feta-stic date!

    • Rosie

      I like you Kaitlyn.

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Oh wow, look at all that cheese!!!! Sounds like a wonderful date, eventhough it was “cheesy” hahahah x

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • I’ve heard of this place and it looks just as amazing as I’d imagine! Raclette is my favourite cheesy dish ever!! The hot cocktails look rather lovely too…. xxx

    • Rosie

      The best combo, M! x

  • Ayala Young

    I wanna cry, this looks SO GOOD! Gd, I love cheese.

    • Rosie

      Me too Ayala, me too!

  • This looks absolutely amazing, and now I’m hungry! Haha πŸ˜›

  • megsiobhan

    The raclette melting onto the plates? I’m a little in love!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • Rosie

      I could watch it all day!

  • This reminds me of The Melting Pot in Florida. I absolutely love cheese so I definitely want to try this place out x

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  • I was actually totally gonna go on Friday night! Bummer we missed it. Next time! Love the pictures by the way!

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  • OH. MY. WORD. I’m counting down the days until I visit in Feb, this is going on my to do list. I am a cheese fanatic! Thanks so much for sharing this little spot! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • This sounds like the perfect date night!! The cheesier the meal, the better!

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    • Rosie

      Couldn’t agree more, Courtney!

  • Andrea

    I do quite agree, these French & Swiss specialties are just amazing!
    Thanks for your vivifying blog πŸ™‚
    Can I just ask what your nail polish is?
    Best,
    Andrea

    • Rosie

      Fondola gondola by Essie, I think! x

  • Ohhh my, I think my heart skipped a beat as I read Alpine cheese menu. Heaven! One of my happiest holidays was in the Italian dolomites where they don’t really do anything for veggies except cheese, cheese, canederli and more cheese xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

    • Rosie

      Sounds good to me, Lucy! x

  • Heather

    Wow! I absolutely love cheese, must pay this place a visit.

  • This looks like such a fun place to go for a date, now I’m hungry!

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  • Sarah Hotel Rater
  • That looks like so much fun!

    Katie

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  • Wonderful and whimsical

    Looks amazing there! I just did a post about Raclette too! It is one of my absolute favorite meals! So much fun to sit around together eating cheese!!

    Wonderfulandwhimsical.com

    • Rosie

      Great minds!

  • I just returned to London after stuffing my face with fondue in Geneva. This is just the right cure for my fondue withdrawal!

    http://www.eatwearwander.com

    • Rosie

      Yes Divya! I like the way you think!

  • Looks delicious! I love places where you can see the chefs work!

    LEACH | http://www.theleachlife.com

  • grace

    That cheese gif is giving me life. I need to visit this magical cheesy wonderland.

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

    • Rosie

      You really do, Grace!

  • even after the dinner I get hungry by just looking at your photos πŸ™‚

    Mahshid Ω…Ω‡Ψ΄ΫŒΨ―

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    • Rosie

      I do too!

  • Kari Guastella

    I would literally run there if I could. Yum! This is my kind of place!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Ashlee
  • Lucy Birchall

    This looks like my mum’s idea of heaven! Everyone in my family loves raclette, bar me, and they feast on mountains of it on Christmas Eve….! It all looks very indulgent and cosy though, perfect for these windy, wet nights we’re having right now!

    She’s So Lucy

  • gina

    god this all looks delish! and your ring is gorgeous. http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/2016-hopes.html cheese is my fave! x

    • Rosie

      Thanks G! xx

  • Rosie

    Honestly the COSIEST thing on earth! xx

  • Rosie

    Nope, just thought you might like it!

    • Jen

      Great thanks

  • I think I just dribbled onto my laptop… You have to love a menu dedicated to cheese….

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  • Emma

    Haha, the caerphily pun is the best x

    allgoldflowing.wordpress.com

  • This looks so good! I can’t believe it is in my area and I didn’t know about it.

  • The raclette looks amazing as do all the accompaniments. All those cheesie puns had me sniggering!!!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Woweeee, this place looks un-brie-lievable! (sorry, just had to)

    I will definitely be checking this out for a future date night – the raclette looks super yummy.

    http://www.alittlelucy.com

  • Polly Bartlett

    Good lord this looks obscenely good. I went to an brie-lliant fondue place called St Moritz in Soho a couple of weeks back, which is totally worth a visit when you’re less cheesed-out! x

    http://www.pbandthejourney.com

  • This does look like fun date material! And wintery cosy too. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Wow!This looks absolutely amazing, and now I’m hungry as like one year ago!! http://www.clippingarea.com

  • Yummm this place looks brilliant! I love fondue!

    Ash | Liakada

  • Now, that’s the best cheesy date ever! πŸ˜‰

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  • This sounds like such a lovely place and the food looks delicious! x

  • That baked Vacherin Mont d’Or looked amazingly soft and creamy. You can’t never have too much cheese in your life right Rosie? x

  • Ok so I need this cheese overload in my life right now! Great post as always Rosie!
    Luxe lifestyle & travel blogger: Shentalks.com

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    It all looks overwhelmingly delicious! Lucky you!

    xo
    Beth
    http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  • Oh the fondue is turning me into a heart eyed emoji! Love your hair too πŸ™‚ -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • Sweet cheesus.

  • oh my, this looks bloody amazing. I need to go

    Mel x

    mediamarmalade.com

  • I don’t think i love a photo more than one of cheese melting <3

  • Sepideh

    Holy crap that looks amazing my mouth is watering!!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  • mycitymylondon

    The fondue takes me back to Paris days!
    Who wouldn’t love a good mix of melted cheese and meat:)

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

  • I’ve never been that attracted to the thought of fondue but this actually looks amazing! – I can almost smell it!
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  • Andrea

    Next time you are in New York you HAVE to try out Raclette NYC (http://raclette.nyc/). I ordered everything on the menu and was not disappointed!

  • TheGabyProject

    This looks dreamy Rosie! And now I am craving cheese xx

    thegabyproject.com

  • INCREDIBLE! I could watch that GIF for ages. Truc Vert in Mayfair is my favourite place for raclette but definitely want to go here too.