I’d been to the Cheese Shop (250g each of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester & Mossfield Organic) and was on my way to my favourite lunch spot in the city – the well known “family unfriendly” Albion Inn. And then I saw this place. There was a well priced “menu du jour” at twelve quid – a couple of starters and four mains.
Started with quiche Lorraine. It comes warm with a little leaf salad. It needed some more time in the oven – the pastry was a bit undercooked and the filling a bit sloppy which was a great shame as it tasted great. No complaints about the main course of choucroute garni – big heap of the sour, briney cabbage, tempered with the flavour of juniper berries, ham hock, belly pork, a couple of different sausages, carrots and spuds. Little pot of mustard brought without needing to ask. Basket of bread brought – and replenished as I’d scoffed it by the end of the starter. “Proper” French restaurant service from proper French men. What a change from the restaurant and pasty chains which line Bridge Street.