Serving up all the French classics in a popular candlelit New town basement.
This candlelit cellar with its red gingham table cloths feels properly French – there are no ersatz old booze adverts; instead there’s the handwritten story of someone’s Uncle Jules on the wall, alongside a map of France helpfully annotated with domaines of the wines on the mostly French list. The menu covers the spectrum of classics, from escargots, frog’s legs, and steak tartare to confit de canard, steak-frîtes, and saucissons, with generous portions of salad, charcuterie and bread presented free of charge. Chocolate mousse or crème brûlée should see you right for dessert, or there’s a French cheese plate if you want to do things properly. While the cheap-as-frîtes lunch menu may be the thing that draws people in, the friendly hospitality and honest cooking are also worth a mention.
- High point: Hearty old-school French classics
- Low point: Not the place to find innovation
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 72 (8 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £14.75 per bottle