The opening of Champagne + Fromage in Brixton Village caused a bit of a stir in the community. You could hear cries of “yuppies out!” echoing around the alleys of our favourite indoor market from the top of Brixton Hill and I guess that stuck in my mind and prevented me from giving it a go.
Last night we had some time to kill before a film and rather than a full on meal we just fancied a bit of a graze with a drink or two, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about and look in on Champagne + Fromage. I have to say that we were very pleasantly surprised. All images of stuffy snobbery evaporated very quickly as we were welcomed in, shown to a table and even offered a couple of blankets to keep us warm!
The menu is simple but effective with the cheese board or charcuterie selection being the obvious draw, although you can go “off piste” if you like and try something more adventurous. We went for the cheese board and decided to trust our hosts to make a selection of cheeses on our behalf. Champagne wise you won’t find any big brand labels here – part of the charm of this place is that they champion the smaller, lesser known champagne producers.
As we were enjoying the cheese and fizz my ears pricked up and I was delighted with the selection of music, whoever put the playlist together obviously shares my passion for detroit house and techno…I was treated to selections from Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Omar S – I couldn’t help tapping my foot under the table!
A generous selection of delicious cheeses, some saucisson, bread, pickles and four glasses of champagne came to around £50 which seemed more than fair. I would have been very happy to spend another hour or two there just chatting and taking it all in had we not pre-booked the cinema…in hindsight I actually enjoyed Champagne + Fromage a lot more than the film!