Monday, 30 April 2018

Bistrot Pierre - Stockton Heath

I'm lucky enough to live in the middle of a few villages and towns that have great restaurants for a foodie - perfect for me - so when I was contacted about Bistrot Pierre launching a new Spring/Summer menu, I was very excited to head over there and try it out. With six new starters, six new mains and two new puddings I was thoroughly spoiled for choice!


I received this three course meal and wine free of charge in return for a review on my blog. All opinions below (and general greediness) are my own...in fact, we're booking a return visit with my family because we enjoyed it so much!



Inside the restaurant was impeccably clean with a gentle hum of conversation adding to the atmosphere inside. It was surprisingly busy for a mid-week visit but service was speedy with a smile.

We chose to eat from the a la carte menu, although the prix fixe menu was great value. In fact, I noticed a few themed nights that they were advertising such as the spring tasting menu which all offered fantastic value for money!

Starters

Both hubs and I chose one of the new starters on the Spring menu. 

I opted for Cassolette de Moules which was a ramekin of mussels, spinach and smoked bacon in a garlic cream sauce. There was plenty of bread for dipping and mopping up the plentiful sauce and the portion size was perfect for a starter. 

The dish itself was really tasty - the sauce not overpoweringly creamy or garlicky, but all the flavours blending together and balanced. I really enjoyed it.

Hubs opted for Salade de Canard - a Vietnamese inspired duck salad. I was surprised he'd chosen this as he never ever picks salads. However, when it arrived he was so pleased he had!


Hubs is a man who likes a food mountain and his plate was piled pleasantly high. Not over-filling because of the amount of salad but he was also pleased with the quantity of duck he had. The duck was sticky and cooked to perfection, so so tasty! The rest of the salad had a gorgeous Asian flavour running through it. He definitely won the starter course as I was SO jealous of his salad, despite enjoying my mussels.

Main Course

Onto the main event - there was so much choice on the menu that I was torn between three options and having to just pick one proved difficult. I managed it however and went for Confit de Canard, trying out my best French accent on our French waiter.


When it arrived, I was shocked at the size of it! The duck leg was huge and perched on top of some of my favourite vegetables - aubergine, artichoke and black olives. I was in heaven! The duck was out of this world - I like duck but don't love it. However, this  (combined with that starter) has well and truly converted me!

Hubs fancied something traditionally French so he opted for Boeuf Bourgignon. After much discussion about how to pronounce it, we had an impromptu French lesson from our waiter, love it!!

He's a lover of stews and slow cooked meat so this was right up his street. He said that the meat just fell apart and he loved the bacon in with it, adding a subtle depth of flavour.

Both of these main courses are off the permanent menu but I also really fancied the Croquettes de Poisson (fish cake with spinach and a poached egg) or the Poivron farci (stuffed red peppers) that are new on the Spring menu. Honestly, I could have eaten it all!

Both main courses came with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes.



Pudding

We had been so impressed with the food so far that we managed to squeeze a pudding in. I went for chocolate brownie and hubs for the tarte citron. Both were delicious and generous portions, especially considering how much we'd already eaten!


These too were absolutely delicious and after them, you could have rolled us home!

Drinks

With our meal, we had a carafe of house red wine which I believe was the Cuvee '94 and priced at £12.75 for 500ml which is really reasonable for a decent red wine. It certainly slipped down the throat!

I also treated myself to one of the Spring spritzes - the Cucumber Spritz which was white wine, St Germain elderflower liqueur, tonic water and cucumber. It was really refreshing and made a nice change to a gin and tonic. 


All in all, I definitely recommend going to Bistrot Pierre and sampling their Spring menu - it's SO worth it and just to tempt you into going, I have a free drinks code for you when you book online!

Book online here: Bistrot Pierre - Book a Table and enter the code LBPDXLCM to receive a free drink for each member of the party! The terms and conditions for the drink are below:
Blogger Free DrinkThis code entitles you to a complimentary 175ml glass of house wine, bottle of beer or soft drink.The most expensive drink (of those listed above) will be discounted.Only one voucher can be redeemed per visit when a main course in purchased.To redeem this offer print off the voucher code beginning LBP and hand it to your server when you dine quoting that it’s the ‘blogger free drink voucher’.This offer is valid until 20th July 2018.The recipient must be over 18 years of age if they are redeeming an alcoholic drink. Proof of age may be required.Manager's discretion applies.

Full terms and conditions can be found at https://bistrotpierre.co.uk/terms-and-conditions 

Let me know how your visit goes!!

Tori xx


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