Leamington Spa is such a great place for eating out, with a wide range of countries to choose from you’re spoilt for choice. We tend to eat out a lot for Breakfast and Lunch which means when we do go out for dinner it’s nice to go somewhere special where the food is great and good value for money.
France is one of our most favourite places to visit, not just for the skiing but also for the food, Moules Marinieres, Cassoulet and pissaladiere are some of my favourites. I find french food so flavourful and layered making you want to savour every bite. Bistrot Pierre is surprisingly one of our favourite places to visit for breakfast and the one place that Baby Gourmand asks to go to when we pop into town as the scrambled eggs and pancakes are incredible.
If you’re eating at Bistrot Pierre on an evening, there are a wide range of menus to choose from and on this particular visit we ate from the Fin de Weekend which runs Sunday – Monday evening and offers two courses and a carafe of wine for £21.50 each.
Starting with the Olives marinées (£2.95) we perused the menu which had some delicious offerings like Crispy Squid, Ricotta and Truffle ravioli, 21 day aged rump steak and french style pizza.
French bread with good butter is always a winner in my book and there is no better way to start a meal. I’ve always loved the bread at Bistrot Pierre, it’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, what more could you ask for?
A creature of habit, I started with the Parfait au foie de volaille which was the Chicken liver parfait with sourdough toast and red onion confiture. It was a big old chunk of parfait with deliciously warm toast. The red onion confiture was a great accompaniment to the parfait which was light in texture and incredibly rich in flavour.
Mrs Larger was torn between the starters but made a good choice in the Pâté au maquereau which was the Smoked, sustainable mackerel pâté with crème fraîche, lemon and paprika. Again this was a very generous portion and delicious in taste. There is no skimping on portion sizes at Bistrot Pierre and although very light in texture the pate was incredibly filling.
The Poulet chasseur, Pan-fried chicken breast in a classic chasseur sauce of red wine, mushroom and concassé tomato was my choice of main course. There were several different mushrooms in the sauce which added great texture to the dish. The chicken was seasoned to perfection and was so moist and juicy inside.
Mrs Larger went for a classic Boeuf bourguignon, Slow-braised beef with shallots, red wine, mushrooms and bacon. It’s difficult to tell from the picture but the piece of beef was huge and just melted in the mouth, perfection on a plate is how this was described by Mrs Larger.
The mains were served with roasted potatoes, parsnips, buttered carrots and broccoli which would have been more than enough but we saw that there was creamed spinach (£3.25) on the menu and couldn’t resist ordering. There is more than enough in the accompanying side dishes so you really don’t need to order extras unless you’re greedy like us.
Creamed spinach is such an amazing dish and I could have quite easily ate a bowl of this as my meal and left happy. Velvety smooth, creamy with so much flavour – this was the winner of the evening.
The meals were so delicious and filling that there was no room left for dessert, if you do have a sweet tooth there are some lovely offerings such as Lemon tart, chocolate brownie, ice-cream and Creme Brûlée.
The restaurant is the perfect place for an intimate meal or a relaxed get together with friends, it’s spacious and since the recent refurb the upstairs is really light and airy.
You can find Bistrot Pierre Leamington Spa at 28 Park Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN.