Bistrot Pierre - Bath

 

May has to be one of my favourite months. Not only is it book-ended by two bank holiday weekends (if only every month could be as generous!), but it means we are within touching distance of summer. If the recent bank holiday weekend is anything to go by, then we certainly have a glorious summer in store! Thinking about sun-soaked days has firmly put me in the mood for a chilled glass of rosé, and of course, a taste of summer. As it happens, I have just the place in mind...

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Gather your friends or family, and follow me over to George Street in Bath, for a feast so fabulous, you can thank me later! Located in this popular corner of the city, you'll find Bistrot Pierre - a delightful French bistrot that set up home here in 2015. I was recently invited over to review their new spring/summer menu, which was brilliant from start to finish, and seriously great value for money.

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Before I reveal what my dining partner, Scott, and I sampled, and why each dish deserves such high praise, I'll explain a little bit about Bistrot Pierre, incase you are unfamiliar with the restaurant name. Bistrot Pierre was established in 1994 by two childhood friends; Robert Beacham and John Whitehead. The friends originally operated two Pierre Victoire franchises in Nottingham and Derby. However, a few years down the line, the Pierre Victoire franchise model folded and the restaurants were rebranded; Bistrot Pierre.

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Determined to grow the group of restaurants, Beacham and Whitehead expanded their business organically, starting off in the Midlands, followed by the North, and then the South West. Today, there are 24 Bistrot Pierre's in the group, and luckily for us Bathonians, one of them is situated on our doorstep.

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The spirit of Bistrot Pierre? To serve the good people of Bath (and beyond, of course!) "great value provincial French cooking in {their} relaxed and friendly bistrots."

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The kitchen serves Anglo-French dishes that are freshly prepared on a daily basis, using carefully sourced ingredients from local and Artisan French producers and suppliers. Speaking of freshly prepared food, their French baguettes, which arrive to your table in a bread basket (free of charge), are utterly delicious! You'll be whisked away to France in a heartbeat, the moment you take your first mouthful.

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Best enjoyed alongside a carafe of rosé wine of course, bon appétit! 

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Scott and I ordered from the 'Spring Evening Prix Fixe' menu (any two courses for £15.95 served all evening Sunday to Thursday, or, order before 6:45pm Friday and Saturday). We added a 500ml carafe of wine for £6.95 (available on Sunday and Monday evenings only). Given we had just enjoyed the hottest early May bank holiday weekend on record, the carafe of ice cold rosé was just the refreshing tipple we craved alongside our meal.

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Two exceptionally good starters arrived to our table. Firstly, Scott's 'Ramequin aux Champignons'. 

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Creamy mushrooms interlaced with lashings of Alsace bacon, deliciously pungent garlic and mature Le Saint Mont des Alpes cheese.

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I spied the 'Salade de Betterave et Chèvre' which looked like sunshine in a bowl. Salty, crumbled goats cheese layered with marinated beets, crunchy chicory, watercress, walnuts and a grain mustard dressing. The portion size was generous, and I'd comment that it was perhaps large enough to qualify as a main. However, the salad was quite light, so there was room still to enjoy the next course!

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Ordering a dish where chicken is used as the main ingredient may either leave you regretting your choice or wishing you could lick the plate clean! If the meat is dry and coated in a bland jus, your heart will sink. But, if it's tender, moist and bathed in a flavoursome sauce, your heart will sing. Fortunately for Scott, he experienced the latter with his 'Poulet au Citron'. Pan-fried chicken breast with broad beans, smoked bacon and a light white wine, lemon and cream sauce. Just a few, simple ingredients, but a complex layering of flavours that married one another harmoniously.

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Meanwhile, I chose the 'Tarte aux Légumes'. 

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A homemade, gorgeously golden shortcrust pastry filled with perfectly cooked butternut squash, spinach, Le Saint des Alpes cheese, caramelised onions and dressed watercress, with a chive beurre blanc.

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Our mouth-watering mains arrived with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. A trio of broccoli, carrots and courgettes cooked with care and attention.

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Don't even get me started on those potatoes! They really were rather exceptional! 

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After two hearty courses, we were filling up fast and so decided to order just one pudding, with two spoons!

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A French classic - the decadent 'Crème Brülée'. A few sharp taps with the spoon is a telltale sign that you've got yourself a good crème brülée. It was the perfect end to our evening meal at Bistrot Pierre.

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When you next visit Bistrot Pierre, (pop it to the top of your list!), then don't forget to fill out their customer feedback form at the end of your meal. You will be handed a tablet, it takes seconds to complete and is a great way of giving your thoughts regarding the food, service and ambience. 

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Needless to say, it was five stars from Scott and I. 

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I really would recommend visiting Bistrot Pierre if you fancy an authentic taste of France. The staff are warm, friendly and attentive, and the restaurant is bright, light, spacious and comfortable to dine in. 

***Should you wish to dine at Bistrot Pierre, then drinks are on me! I have a unique code which will provide you with a complimentary drink for each member of the party who books through my blog. Just quote 'The Bathonian' at the time of your booking, along with this code: LBPZB6H7. For all the Ts&Cs, please head here.*** Enjoy!

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I'd like to thank Jo from Cartwright Communications for the invitation, and the team at Bistrot Pierre for their hospitality. 

Find out more about Bistrot Pierre's menus, booking details and their locations over on their website: https://bistrotpierre.co.uk/