To its credit, Champagne + Fromage (the very soul of mathematical gastronomy) adds up.
Amid limited competition in Greenwich this narrow little corner shop booze and rotten milk joint is bound to = cash. Unlike its uncomfortable tables, there are no holes in its business plan.
Why? It’s cutesy and distressed. And what it purveys is generally good quality. More than that, it’s priced to appeal to the south-east London town’s upper middle classes – no cheap Prosecco here.
It does French fizz, cured meats and cheese. A simple proposition and one guaranteed to leave you poorer with the cheapest glass – Michel Furdyna Carte Blanche – a not insubstantial £9.
Still, with this you get what you pay for, though Petois Moriset Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut NV is even better for a few quid more.
The selection by the glass is somewhat limited but it’s still best to avoid the temptation of the cocktails , at least if the Mojito Royal Strawberry (£12) is anything to go by. Lacking any sweetness, the best I can say is its finish is mercifully short.
The food is more snack than satisfaction, although it’s reasonably marshalled by knowledgeable staff.
There’s a decent selection of both cheese and meats but you’re best treating its Gastro Board (£25) as a starter for two rather than something that will fill you up.
Also, beware its rather odd “fig tapenade”.
Lack of competition will see this one through but don’t make a special effort to check it out – perhaps an aperitif before a Greenwich Theatre show.
Champagne + Fromage, 34 Church Street, Greenwich , London, SE10 9BL, 020 8853 3106