Enter here all ye who love hip-hop. This bar and restaurant plays it almost exclusively. Big Poppa’s is, after all, a reference to the 1994 Notorious B.I.G song of the same name. In fact, this is also a must visit if you love cocktails, wine, and – in particular – cheese. Big Poppa’s serves a killer cheese list, which runs the full gamut from hard cheeses like Tuscan Trebbione Pecorino and 12-month-old Mons Ossau Iraty from the Pyrenees, to wonderfully soft Burgundy Brillat-savarin with truffle and Stinking Bishop – one of the better-named cheeses to come out of Gloucestershire.
Beyond cheese – if indeed you decide to veer away from its dairy delightfulness – Big Poppa’s also serves a menu of Italian-inspired dishes. There’s Wagyu bresaola with fig, peach, and hojiblanca. Cacio e pepe, that classic spaghetti dish, is given an extra cheesey boost from parmigiano and pecorino at Big Poppa’s. And why not? They’re not claiming authenticity with this dish, just aiming to please. And it does. Octopus comes with agrodolce, almonds, chilli, and chervil. Hand-cut papardelle with lamb shoulder ragu and parmigiano. And pork loin with burnt carrot puree, fennel, orange, and hazelnut.
There’s plenty to get excited about at Big Poppa’s. Not least that the menu of drinks, from the sweeping wine list to the cocktail offerings, are available until 3am daily. Downstairs, it’s more cocktail den, with moodier lighting, and upstairs it’s more of a sit-down restaurant. So pick your spot and get ready to get swept up in a blur of cheese, hip-hop and potent drinks. You’ll be here a while.