Friday, 8 July 2011

A good night out

If you like good French food we’ve found the perfect restaurant for you, in Stratford.

We had dinner last evening at Le Bistrot Pierre which is attached to the Swan’s Nest Hotel, just round the corner from the river moorings.  The place is swish but the atmosphere is friendly and the service efficient.  They have quite an extensive a la carte menu but we chose the set 3 course ‘Tour de France’ menu at £16.50 each. This Thursday-night special celebrates a different region of France every week. Last night it was the turn of Bourgogne which is in North/Central France.

The starter was Escargots, snails in herb and garlic sauce, which I was a bit dubious about as I’ve never had them before. They were quite nice and while I’d eat them again I won’t be going crazy for them.

The main course was Lapin a la Moutarde, slow cooked rabbit in a creamy Dijon mustard sauce, which was DELISH! It was a good job they gave us plenty of bread to mop up the sauce as it was so nice. This came with Dauphinoise potatoes, red cabbage and broccoli. Unfortunately the broccoli was microwaved and rock hard and spoilt what would otherwise have been a perfect dish.

Desert was a really dark chocolate and caramel flan which, again, was excellent.

After dinner we walked over to Cox’s Yard pub as they had a free live acoustic music night on with 4 different acts. By the time we arrived the first 2 had finished but the 3rd group “By Lantern Light” were extremely good. They played for an hour, mostly their own material but with a couple of U2 songs thrown in for good measure at the end.

They were followed by Andrew Buckley who is a very good ‘folky pop’ singer and who recently performed at Middlewich Boat & Folk Festival.

All in all we had a very good night out.  There’s so much to do in Stratford we will definitely be coming back.

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