French Restaurants in Cheshire
1. Fraiche French restaurant in Oxton 11 Rose Mount - CH43
“One of the best in the country” – Marc Williamson “never fails to please and delight with his superb food, excellent wine list, and friendly and knowledgeable staff” at this “very intimate” venture on the edge of Birkenhead. In December 2018 he closed the restaurant with plans to move across The Mersey into Liverpool and double in size from his existing 12 seats (it’s so small, you need to book months in advance). After a March 2019 rethink, though, he decided against scaling up and decided to stay put and do a minor refurb. As he commented in the Liverpool Echo, after he’d decided against going down the expansion route: ‘For good or bad, you get 100% of me – the décor is me, the visuals are me, the music is me. I care, I guess – it’s a passion’.
2. La Boheme French restaurant in Lymm 3 Mill Lane - WA13
“Superb... as always” – there’s no let-up in standards at Olivier Troalen’s classy local fave rave (est. 2000, in a posh suburb, half an hour’s drive from Manchester), where the “excellently presented French-style favourites come with a twist”.
3. Moules A Go Go International restaurant in Chester 6-12 Cuppin Street - CH1
“A long-term favourite which has been going for decades” – in recent times now decamped to La Tasca's old digs from its original home in The Rows – it boasts “plush and trendy” décor; “the moules marinières are wonderful and there are nights dedicated to surf and turf or lobster”.
4. La Popote French restaurant in Marton Church Farm, Manchester Road - SK11
This “lovely, small French restaurant with a delightful garden” wins steady praise from fans for its “unhurried and meticulous service” and “exceptional food”, although its ratings were held back last year by those who judge its performance to be more middling. Dutch-born proprietor Victor Janssen celebrated his 55th anniversary as a chef last year, and opened La Popote 10 years ago with his Scottish wife, Lynne, after stints in South Africa and the Scottish Highlands.
5. La P'tite France French restaurant in Chester 63 Bridge Street - CH1
2018 Review: In the city-centre, a “small French bistro run by a French husband-and-wife” team; “cheerful and affable Frédéric Lolliot looks after the front of the house”, while Pantxika Goyhetche produces “good Gallic country cooking” in her tiny kitchen.
6. La Brasserie, Chester Grosvenor British, Modern restaurant in Chester Eastgate - CH1
“Hotel brasseries don’t usually hold much appeal”, but this “big, slightly blingy, and certainly buzzing” operation provides an unusually high level of polish for a venue in a small provincial city. The food? – from a “fairly standard” menu some reporters feel results are “terrific”, but others say “while prices weren’t awful, I expected more from the place, so the bill felt like it was heavy without delivering”. Top Tip – “fabulous afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings”.
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