This good and stylish bistro, housed in an excellent boutique hotel, is part of a small National chain. It successfully manages to offer both a romantic atmosphere and good traditional-style French dishes - plus a top class wine list.
Menus seem to be largely dictated by head office, and while changing with the seasons, might be a bit formulaic for some regular diners; however. While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
A summer snapshot brought the likes of 'Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad'; 'Chilled Pea Soup'; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and 'Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé'; 'Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus'; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and 'Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash' among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet'; 'Honey-roasted Figs with Goats' Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones. If you have the foresight, you could stay the night in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: all week, 12.00 (Sun 12.30)-14.00; set L Mon-Sat £14.50 (2 courses); set L Sun £15.95 (2 courses), £20.95 (3 courses); mains £14 to £21
- Dinner: all week, 18.00 (Sun 19.00)-22.00; mains £14 to £21
- Seats: 90, plus 25 outside
- Wine: an excellent list, of bedtime reading proportions, has its roots in France, but also travels the world. Prices are firm, and their 'by the glass' list might not be produced unless you ask - wine service is a formal affair
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Birmingham Snow Hill
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking, phone for advice
- Rooms available