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“Now called Chez Pascal and even better!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Sez

Cafe Sez
5 High Street, Ledbury HR8 1DS, England
07713 260 024‎
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Ranked #3 of 45 restaurants in Ledbury
Price range: $15 - $22
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Dessert
Ledbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Now called Chez Pascal and even better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Recently moved into a beautiful courtyarded property in Church Lane it was heaving with very happy customers. From baguettes to filled croissants, fresh salmon tart to moules and frite and the pastries made by the owner Pascal ou la la! A fab place for coffee, lunch or tea..and I hope one day supper. We'll be going again and again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best eclairs this side of the channel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Arrived for lunch having no idea what to expect. Pleasantly surprised.We ate in a pretty flower-filled courtyard.........crepes with various fillings. (Good but a little undercooked .) However where this lovely little cafe comes into its own is in the coffee and cake department. These cakes , authentically and deliciously french are superb. Pascal is a genius. I hope the good people of Ledbury appreciate the master baker they have on their doorstep!The coffee is great too. Strong rich and vibrant. WOW. One thing though.......I can understand why they shut at 3pm ( Pascal gets up at 5.30 every morning to bake ) but because of this they miss the tea-time trade which seems a great shame.

Pascal, you're a gem.and the goody bag was a lovely touch. Thank you.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Church Lane en France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Chez Pascal is now up and running and is a very welcome addition to Ledbury's vibrancy.

About 20 years ago, the building was occupied by local printers and stationers, it was then converted into restaurant and known as Malt House. Since then numerous different restaurants have all had a go but failed. Chez Pascal is sure to succeed because the proprietor, Pascal Clarenne and his family, had a successful formula at Cafe Sez (on the first floor above a ladieswear shop). The desire to expand and create a cafe/bistro with its identity, the building in the heart of Ledbury's heritage simply lends itself to a lovely experience.

You enter a private courtyard garden in front of the restaurant with outside seating, on the ground floor inside is the restaurant, with serving area and kitchen, and the first floor the staircase to which you can get to without having to walk through the ground floor restaurant provides more tables and sofas.

We popped in mid-morning intending to have a snack and ended up with a mini-meal. Fresh patisserie, pistachio eclairs, crepe with goats cheese and side-salad. Delicious.

There are numerous cafes and restaurants in Ledbury, most of which cater for visitors and tourists, although locals do of course have their favourites. Where the locals eat depends, but ambience and atmosphere is rated highly. Over the years, two places have scored highly on the 'let's go there' list. The first was put out of business when the second opened. The second was sold earlier this year and by all accounts has gone downhill since. With the field to itself, Chez Pascal will I'm sure build on its reputation and should easily move to the top of the list.

(Incidentally, the restaurant is in Church Lane, not Church Street as another reviewer has said: Church Lane is the cobbled lane. Church Street is a side road nearby. Go back in time and Church Lane was known as Church Street but in those days Church Street was known as Back Lane or Hall End so it wasn't as confusing as now!)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Formidable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Pascal is now in his new premises 'Chez Pascal' in Church Street, Ledbury. Beautiful courtyard for sunny days. Ground floor and 1st floor tables. Looks like it'll be really cosy in the colder months with a wood burner and sofas on the first floor. We had Plat Francais which was as delicious as ever, followed by lovely apricot tarts and coffee. Pascal is a fantastic host, friendly but not to intrusive which is absolutely perfect. A little piece of France in Herefordshire! Looking forward to more fabulous lunches, hopefully in the courtyeard.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Our expectations were met!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

on one of our rare visits to Ledbury(we must try harder to visit more often!),we had decided to eat at this place and it did live up to its rating. We enjoyed goats cheese and caramelised onion tart and the tartiflette followed by two coffees.The next time we visit Ledbury, Pascal(le Patron)will be in his new premises aptly named 'Chez Pascal' up one of the many charming alleys which abound in this town. All we can say is, if he continues to provide the quality and imagination of the food which we experienced today,this eaterie will certainly endure.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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