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Pierre Victoire Bistrot

How amazing the food is and how reasonable the prices...

Pierre Victoire Bistrot .

Pierre Victoire Bistrot

Spend a lovely evening enjoying all that this jewel of a bistro has to offer...

Pierre Victoire Bistrot .

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One could not ask for more flavourful and colourful and food...

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Simple wood tables, delicate candlelight that created a warm and intimate feeling...

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Pierre Victoire Bistrot
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It was a wet and windy Wednesday night in early June… but the welcome, and the buzzy atmosphere on entering dispelled any possible gloom caused by the weather.

We were swiftly settled at a cosy table for two, and despite other tables being close by the general level of happy buzzy chat meant we didn’t feel others were over hearing.

A blackboard proclaims the restaurant’s provenance and proud independence and despite it being a mid-week evening, downstairs was full and a constant stream of clearly happy customers mounted and dismounted the stairs to the upper levels. One is tempted to say this restaurant hardly needs a review, as it appears rarely less than busy.

I haven’t been to a French Bistro since the 1960’s and was somewhat nervous that the evening would be a time warp – not so! The welcome, swift service, delicious and seasonal starters – oh and a delightful bottle of St Emilion, put us swiftly at ease enjoying each other’s company – and that surely is what every good restaurant should set out to do – provide a backdrop for conviviality and enjoyment of both good company and good food.

And what about the degustations? There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than one’s relatively simple questions about the wine list and the menu being handled without knowledge or confidence. Not so here - a clearly knowledgeable waitress took our orders for both. We were evidently in sound and confident hands here, and our enjoyment of the evening was even further enhanced.

A basket of fresh baguette swiftly appeared as did the wine. With a glass of the St Emilion to hand, we settled to await our starters… not for very long though as within minutes they appeared - wonderful local asparagus and a brochette of langoustines whose very scent of freshness enhanced our mood even further.

Neither of us could resist the Rib Eye, perfectly cooked… one with frites and the other with new potatoes, one with béarnaise and t’other with the pepper sauce – both equally delicious and cooked to perfection on the grill… Rib eye is surely my favourite cut of beef and this was pretty near perfection on the plate.

All desserts are home made and neither of us would normally succumb to a pud… however a Tarte d’Abricot and a Nougat Glacé were observed at a nearby table and neither of us could resist. Both were delicious!

For me the one thing that stood out was the eclectic nature of the diners. From a table of octogenarians, through trendy pre theatre goers, a number of students and a single diner or two – all clearly comfortable and enjoying their evening.

So it remains to thank Pierre Victoire for creating the perfect ambience, food and wine for me to highly recommend this delightful restaurant to all you good readers. Nous reviendrons.

The Meal
Rib Eye and Frites - £18.50, St Emilion Chateau - £23.95, Brochette of Langoustines - £7.90, Nougat Glace - £5.50 as are all the home made puddings, Side dish of Asparagus and carrots - £2.95.


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