I visited The French last Saturday night with my Girlfriend and we were both very pleasantly surprised.
We'd not really done any research so when we were advised that they would be serving contemporary English cuisine I was a little thrown as I was expecting French food (from The French) but that wasn’t an issue.
If I’m honest, I’ve not experienced food of this kind very often and when I have it was always very pretty but not particularly exceptional in the taste department. The French was different, delightfully different.
We opted for the 6 course menu (which was actually 8 as they threw in some bread and a ‘surprise’ desert). The portions were of course small but all were beautifully presented and by the end of the meal I was pleasantly full (without opting for the additional cheese board).
The flavours in each dish were incredibly intense and all worked wonderfully together to ensure that each dish had its own character and style.
It’s certainly not fast food. We started dining at 7.45 and finished at 10.45. This is not a criticism and at no point did we feel we were being kept waiting, indeed the time taken to enjoy the courses (and the wine) only helped to make the evening more relaxing and enjoyable.
The staff were all very friendly and professional and seemed genuinely enthused by what the new chef was trying to achieve. The sommelier recommended a beautiful bottle of white to accompany our meal, all of which lead to an exceptionally fine dining experience.
It’s not cheap but then you wouldn’t expect it to be. I certainly felt as though the experience had been good value for money, we will certainly be returning and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone.
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