This popular neighbourhood restaurant is a past winner of Cheshire Life's Restaurant of the Year - so stands out in an area not over-endowed with good restaurants.
Chef/proprietor Eli Leconte describes his food as French 'without the nouvelle" - and this sums it up well.
He offers a seasonally changing menu which during the late summer included 'Hot Goats' Cheese Roasted with L'Endroit Honey on Mixed Leaf Salad'; 'Vanilla Marinated Salmon with Salad & Toast'; 'Crispy Panfried Escalopes of Lambs Sweetbreads with Woodland Mushrooms' and 'Foie Gras Terrine with Raisins & Smoked Duck Breast' among the starters.
'Roast Chicken Breast with Thyme & Rosemary & Petit Pois à la Francaise'; 'Boned Rabbit Stuffed with Matignon Vegetables en Croûte with Rosemary Jus'; 'Roasted Leg of Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes' and 'Seared Scallops with Beurre Blanc & Spinach' listed among the mains.
Traditional desserts might include 'Crème Brulée'; 'Nougat Glacé with Red Fruit Coulis' and 'Marquise au Chocolat' - and are strangely backed up by a selection of English (rather than French) Artisan Cheeses.
Service is friendly and efficient.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-14.30; set L £11.95 (2 courses), mains about £14 to £19
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-22.00 (Sat 22.30); mains £14 to £19
- Seats: 34, plus 12 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen French list kicks off at about £14, and has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Congleton Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, L Sat
- Outside eating