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    Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Brie Happy

    Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to dis-a-brie?

    There is no debate to be had, cheese and wine is the greatest combo bar none. Here at I Love Glasgow we obsess over fromage and the many wonderful variations God has bestowed upon us. Matched with a good glass of wine, there are few pleasures in life that can surpass this perfect pair.

    Here’s a selection of Glasgow’s best cheese-lover hangouts:

    Porter & Rye – 1131 Argyle Street

    Porter & Rye Cheese Board
    Porter & Rye

    Undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s top steakhouses but there’s so much more to this small but perfectly formed Finnieston favourite. Amazing cocktails and late night bites create a buzzing atmosphere at the bar until the small hours.

    Order a cheese board from their ‘late night menu’, a nice glass of red and grab a seat at the window to watch the world go by. Absolute bliss.

    Beaumartin The Cottage – 156 Milngavie Road

    Beaumartin The Cottage
    Beaumartin The Cottage

    The heart in I Love Glasgow skipped a beat when we saw Chalet Beaumartin was closing down, as we mourned the loss of Glasgow’s cheesiest resident. But fret not, the fine people behind it have opened up a beautiful little restaurant in Bearsden, Beaumartin The Cottage.

    To top it off, you can still bathe your taste buds in their magical silky fondue and gooey raclette at their dedicated cheese nights. A little piece of fromage heaven, for true cheese enthusiasts.

    Vroni’s Wine Bar – 47 West Nile Street

    Vroni's Cheese Board
    Vroni’s Wine Bar

    When you think of a Glasgow wine bar, your first thought has to be Vroni’s. A lot of new bars are quite clinical, with bright lights and shiny furnishings. But Vroni’s is a fantastic example of a classic wine bar with traditional décor in a warm and inviting setting. It all combines to create the perfect city centre space to lose a few hours in the grip of fine cheese and wine.

    Brel – Ashton Lane

    Brel Raclette

    A picture speaks a thousand calories… words, it speaks words!

    When you just want to sit around eating bread and desserts, getting all fat and sassy, then Brel is your answer.

    This cascading wall of cheesy goodness is their 14 month aged French raclette served with soda bread and your choice of meat and vegetables. They also do epic fondue, both cheese and chocolate, so you can enjoy your main course AND dessert in melted form.

    Seriously, why are you even still reading this? Go drown yourself in calories at Brel.

    George Mewes Cheese – 106 Byres Road 

    George Mewes Cheese
    George Mewes Cheese

    George Mewes is a treasure-trove of dairy-based delights. Glasgow’s very own, award-winning cheesemonger and supplier to pretty much all of the city’s top restaurants.

    When you want to create an extra special DIY cheese board at home, then George Mewes should be your first port of call.

    The selection is vast, but staff navigate the mountains of cheese with sherpa-like knowledge and are more than happy to offer recommendations. Whether you’re a novice of the Dairylea Dunker variety or a hardened comté connoisseur, you’ll be well looked after at George Mewes.

    Cheese Club Scotland

    Cheese Club Scotland
    Cheese Club Scotland

    “A club for cheese enthusiasts by cheese enthusiasts.” 

    Since launching last summer, Cheese Club Scotland has held monthly events in Malmaison, each with a unique theme taking members on a culinary tour of the world. At each event, you’ll taste three cheeses, along with three food accompaniments and a boozy taster with each. Tickets include a glass of bubbly on arrival and events are selling out so get in quick if you want to join Glasgow’s tastiest club.

    You’ll leave a little wiser, a little merrier and all the better for it.

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