Bistrot Pierre – Great value French cuisine
After closing temporarily for redecoration, Bistrot Pierre in Stockton Heath has recently re-opened and we were lucky to be invited to the grand re-opening night early in February, celebrating their 8th Birthday.
Situated right in the heart of Stockton Heath, Bistrot Pierre offers great value French cooking and seasonal menus. Combining French bistro classics with their own take on regional favourites, Bistrot Pierre is a great venue for any occasion.
We arrived for our table at 8.00pm and the restaurant was already packed with diners enjoying their evening. The staff made us feel very welcome and showed us to our table for two, away from the centre of the restaurant, enabling us to take in the surroundings, which have been tastefully refurbished in typical French style.
After perusing the extensive and varied menu, we started with Crottin de Chevre (goats cheese with roasted walnuts and marinated beetroot with watercress, chicory and grain mustard dressing) and Fritos de Calamars (crispy fried squid with roasted garlic mayonnaise). The texture and flavour of the goat’s cheese was excellent, complemented perfectly by the marinated beetroot, whilst the squid was cooked to perfection; golden brown, freshly fried and crunchy; the garlicky mayonnaise a perfect accompaniment.
Our appetites were well and truly whetted and we both waited expectantly for the main course to come!
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, the staff were polite and professional; attentive but not overly fussy. The short wait for the mains to arrive gave us an opportunity to enjoy a glass of Cuvee 94, the house white wine named after the year that the first Bistrot Pierre opened its doors.
For the main courses, we ordered Medallions of Pork with a honey mustard glaze, Morteau sausage, caramelized apples and Dijon mustard beurre blanc; and Loup de Mer, filleted sea bass with sauce vierge of capers tomatoes lemon and mixed herb. Both dishes accompanied by simply but perfectly cooked potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Once again, the combination of flavours contributed to a mouth-watering experience with both the meat and fish cooked beautifully.
My partner isn’t usually a dessert person but after seeing the choices on the sweet menu he found one hard to resist. After much deliberation he narrowed it down to a choice of four; traditional French crepes with mixed berry compote and vanilla ice cream; classic French crème brulée; Frangipane (warm baked pear and raspberry frangipane with vanilla ice cream and toasted pistachios). He finally opted for the Gateau au Caramel; a sticky toffee pudding made extra indulgent by a serving of vanilla ice cream, seriously one of the best and lightest I’ve tasted.
I, on the other hand, can’t resist a good dessert. I don’t usually choose brownies as a dessert my brownies are highly acclaimed, being described as the best in the northwest, but on behalf of pudding lovers everywhere I took a gamble and chose Delice au Chocolat, a chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and salted caramel ice cream. I wasn’t disappointed. The brownie delivered the ultimate richness of flavour without heaviness; soft and gooey in the middle with an irresistibly crisp crust. The salted caramel ice cream complemented the brownie perfectly. Both choices were absolutely delightful and mouth-watering selections, presented beautifully and all freshly made.
As the evening drew to a close we both agreed that the food had been excellent, but not only that, each course seemed to have surpassed the previous one.
With a wide variety of menus, from weekend breakfasts to parties, lunch, children’s and special dinner menus, there’s something to satisfy all palates, budgets and occasions. We’ll certainly be returning soon to sample more delights that Bistrot Pierre has to offer.
Visit www.bistrotpierre.co.uk/locations/stockton-heath to view the menus and book your table.
85 London Road, Stockton Heath WA4 6SG. Tel: 01925 214250.
We also have a competition running until March 5th to win a 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of house wine – just enter on the Competitions area of our website.