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“Excellent Lunch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Becasse - CLOSED

La Becasse
Price range: $26 - $65
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Ludlow Train Station 5 mins.
Description: La Bécasse offers award-winning fine dining in the picturesque town of Ludlow.The stunning oak-panelled restaurant and state-of-the art kitchens behind the scenes under the guidance of Head Chef Will Holland, attracted attention from the moment it opened as the sister restaurant to Berkshire restaurant L’ortolan, where chef patron Alan Murchison has held his Michelin star since 2003.Building on his life-long passion for cooking and the finest seasonal, ingredients, Chef Will Holland and his brigade work closely with local suppliers and producers, and wherever possible use produce that is ‘Local to Ludlow’.Since opening the doors in July 2007, the team at La Bécasse has been earning awards and accolades. A prestigious Michelin Star was awarded in January 2009; before that La Bécasse became Ludlow’s only restaurant with three AA Rosettes, was included in Harden’s Restaurant Guide as well as The Good Food Guide published by Which?, and was voted "Best Fine Dining Restaurant" in the West Midlands by Metro within four months of launching.“Fine dining should not be exclusive, pretentious or an intimidating experience,” says Chef Will Holland. "At La Bécasse we aim to provide great food, knowledgeable and professional service, and memorable experiences for all our guests. Winning a Michelin star within 18 months of opening is an acknowledgement of the huge effort that every member of the team has put in since we started.”
West Mids
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Visited at lunchtime with my son - more enjoyable than going to watch football and cheaper too! We had the lunchtime menu at £30 for 3 courses. Fantastic food, lovely surroundings and excellent, attentive service. We both had the beef to start followed by the Mallard and then the pear pastry for desert. I would normally have the cheese but glad I tried the pear pastry.

Couldn't really ask for more and the lunchtime menu is exceptional value for money.

The sun was shining so were also able enjoy the delights of Ludlow beforehand.

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank williae
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manchester
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

On arrival we were taken upstairs to a lovely room where we were served pre lunch drinks. Then having ordered our food and eaten all the delicious nibbles we were shown to our table. La Becasse does a fabulous lunchtime menu and we were not disappointed by the menu. The food was very tasty and the service was impeccable- discreet but on hand to help you. Would definitely go back

Visited November 2013
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2 Thank tankManchester
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London
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“A delicious, tour de force.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

A national newspaper recently published a subjective list of the “Top 100” restaurants - La Becasse was on that list. I mention this, only because criticism was levelled at the “front of house” and, (based on our experience), I am struggling to understand why. Service throughout the evening was of the highest standards. The perfect blend of informality, with professional efficiency.

My wife and I both had the tasting menu, with the recommended wine selections. Both were totally excellent and to list all the courses would take forever; so I will only mention highlights.

The dish that stood out (IMHO) was on the face of it, the simplest. I mean, how difficult to make is Minestrone? Well, when it's done like this – very! Making a good, clear, meat based consommé is difficult enough but making a tomato based consommé, with this level of clarity and flavour, had me swooning with admiration.

The lightly curried monkfish course was equally superb. Monkfish can quickly turn into a tough and stringy mess, should it not be treated with respect. Not only was this example “melt-in-the-mouth” tender but superbly seasoned with a light curry flavour.

We asked for the cheese course, (£10 supplement), and that was (again) a triumph. All the cheeses were in the peak of condition and their respective characteristics were explained to us, in order that we made a reasonably informed choice.

It's the first time I've had a “pre-dessert” but the “fruit crumble” and the accompanying “main” dessert were both toothsome and delicious.

All the wines complimented the courses perfectly and they were again, fully explained to us by the sommelier. He also recommended an excellent 35 year old brandy, to go with our coffee.

I consider the £65, for the menu “gourmand”, to be excellent value. Cooking of this standard does not come cheap. If your tastes are more tuned to the traditional English “roast”, (and nothing wrong with that), then you may have issues with the portion sizes. Cooking of this standard is way beyond my skill level and when delivered in such pleasant surroundings, by such wonderful staff, is very hard combination to beat.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank JandApe
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Shavington
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25 reviews
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“Very good but not excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

I took my wife here for a meal. We were shown to a lounge area where we had apperitiffes and browsed the menu before being seated. We chose the Gourmand menue with the wine matched to each course. The food was well presented and most courses were excellent, unfortunately a couple of dishes were quite bland. The wines were excellent and on the whole the service was discreet but attentive. A lovely evening but could have been better.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy M
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craven arms
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

1. Food: looks serious, is inventive, beautifully presented, but crucially, falls down on flavour.
(Crab raviolo: underpowered. Venison and beetroot: too intensely one-note. )

2. Service: very well-meaning and sweet, but a bit clunky. (Didn't offer to take wife's coat. Waitress stood 'at ease' six feet away from table in otherwise empty restaurant, while we two attempted intimacy.)

3. Ambiance: upstairs room is cold, and while beautiful, is rather dead. Maybe being grade-ii listed forbids you from a few night lights in holders? Downstairs: very handsome, dark room, but really naff tinny lift music ruined any sense of polish.

4. Small, but important point: the loos look like those of a nice gastropub, not those of a top-end (ex-) Michelin starred restaurant. Cheap lighting and tiles, poor standard of decoration.

A couple of reviewers here have talked about feeling oddly cheated and disappointed after their time here. We felt the same. A la carte lunch for two, with £50 bottle of red, plus glasses of champagne and dessert wine (all first class, btw) came to about £260.

For that kind of money, you want to feel delighted, amazed, seduced and thrilled at the possibility of gastronomy and hospitality. But la Becasse doesn't do that, although it does charge for it, hence the three stars.

I genuinely wish them luck and hope to go again some time, when they're really rocking it a bit more. (This was our third visit, btw. Previous two visits were also a bit underwhelming, but there's only so many times you can 'posh out' at Fishmore...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank robrobrobrob77
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