Review: Brasserie Blanc

6 Oct

A beautiful sunny Sunday walk left us at the doorstep of  Brasserie Blanc, and we decided to take an outdoor table and see what we would find.

Brasserie Blanc
http://www.brasserieblanc.com/locations/cheltenham.php
01242 266 800
The Queen’s Hotel
The Promenade
GL50 1NN

Ambience
Al fresco dining was wonderful with three wiggly children — the inside area looked a bit too posh for our after-walk disheveldness.  We had a fun view of the street and busy shops (well, not so busy on a Sunday but still active) and the weather was gorgeous. The staff were friendly, conversational, quick, and efficient.

Kid friendly
As I mentioned the inside seating looks wonderful for older or well behaved children — or adults looking for an casual, intimate setting.  There is a brief child’s menu (the ‘petit menu’) with chicken, fish, and pasta and ice cream for dessert.  Some plates from the a la carte menu can be ordered in half-portions for children, as well.  Although there are fries it was nice to see the rest of the ‘petit’ meals were prepared without frying and included a vegetable.

Food
Adults at the table tried the Dine with Wine offer — a three course meal with a glass of wine from a fixed menu.  Husband had the sweet corn chowder — delicious — I had the tomato fennel salad — heavy on the olive oil but still light.  We both had the slow braised beef provencal for our main dish, and found it tender and moist, with a lovely shredding of flavorful onions at the base.  He had the creme caramel cat’s tongue biscuit for dessert, which was gone so quickly it must have been amazing, and I had the steamed lemon sponge with creme fraiche, which was intensely lemony and I would have enjoyed with an espresso.  Two children ordered off the “petit’ menu and received respectable healthily cooked portions of chicken and fish, with steamed green beans and french fries.  Another child with a large appetite ordered a cornish steak which arrived beautifully prepared and with an amazing bernaise sauce.  All children enjoyed two small scoops of ice cream to finish off their meals.

Value
At 14 pounds per diner, the Dine with Wine deal is a good value (compared to the rest of the menu) and a great introduction to the restaurant.  At 6 pounds per child the petit menu seems priced comparably for the area but better value than other nearby restaurants.

Recommendation
This is not a restaurant we would wander to for lunch or dinner everyday — definitely a special destination.  That said, it was a wonderful experience and we will hope to return soon.

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