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Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham | Review

July 19, 2016

When I started my PhD my dad promised me a bottle of Dom Perignon if I finished, which I did! So on the eve of my graduation this promised bottle happened. Along with a wonderful dinner at Brasserie Blanc in Cheltenham.

With French wine of course you need French food, and Brasserie Blanc is of course the best place for this. Brasserie Blanc is Raymond Blanc’s restaurant chain, with 11 across the country. What I love about the idea behind Blanc’s restaurants is that they offer a place for family and food just like Maman Blanc would’ve offered. Not a typically ‘stuffy’ French restaurant, we were promised wonderful food in a relaxing environment.

Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham

Pre-Dinner Nibbles

Our meal started with our bubbles and some nibbles- the olives and Trempettes, whilst we worked out what we wanted for starters and mains. I can highly recommend the olive tapenade and saffron butter here, spread over fresh baguette, oh my, these were just delicious. Whilst I probably shouldn’t have loaded up on these nibbles ahead of dinner, I just couldn’t help myself…

Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham - Starters

To Start

To start we chose a right assortment of food here, as the menu was just so appealing. Mr W and Daddy Pond opted for the Potted Crab with Avocado, whilst I had the Moules Marinieres. Mummy Pond, not a fan of seafood, went with the Cheese SoufflΓ©.

I was lucky and tried a bit of everything, the Potted Crab was melt in the mouth wonderful, but I’m glad I didn’t order it because more bread would mean less room for dessert! The Cheese SoufflΓ© was light as a feather and the accompanying sauce, well let’s just say a jug would’ve been more appropriated that was AMAZING. But as I said already I went with the Moules, being a seafood fiend and after something tasty but lighter to start, this worked for me. The garlic sauce wasn’t over powering either.

Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham - Mains

The Mains

For mains my mum and I went a for the Duck Leg, whilst my dad and Mr W went for the Chateaubriand sharing dish, with Frittes, Green Beans and Dauphinoise Potatoes. All I can say is wow. The portions were ample, I thought at first we didn’t have enough, but actually there was plenty to go round. The Duck Leg came with a piece of Duck Breast too, in a wonderful citrus sauce. We also got our own Dauphinoise Potatoes too, these were creamy and moreish. Cooked to perfection as well, no hard or under-cooked potato here!

Mr W fed me some of his steak, this absolutely melted in my mouth. The perfect side of rare, he was enjoying his Dauphinoise whilst my dad had some crunchy Frittes, which we got told off for nicking. By the end we were stuffed and the plates were empty, could I be tempted to dessert?? A little break was had to allow us to peruse the menu and enjoy some more of our wine and maybe we all could find room…

Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham - Dessert

The Dessert

Let me start by saying I have no idea how we made dessert happen but we did! Mr W and Mummy Pond shared the fantastic Baked Alaska, which was set on fire in front of us and made everyone nearby go “ooooh!” I’m pretty sure these sell because everyone sees other people having them and they then want it. It’s also that perfect combination of meringue and cake, and just lovely.

Daddy Pond opted for the Chocolate Brownie, this came with a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream, just wonderfully creamy and went very well with the warm brownie. I finished up with my favourite dessert, Tarte Aux Citron. Now I’m fussy with these, especially after many holidays to Paris. I know how I like them and this one did it for me. The pastry wasn’t rock hard and over worked like the shop bought affairs, and it had a more rustic feel about it and I liked that. Also the dollop of creme fraiche to go with, the perfect accompaniment.

Overall

Brasserie Blanc was the perfect mix of comforting tasty food, but also impeccable service. We weren’t rushed out of our seats, we weren’t over fussed either and the server was very helpful with our corked wine. No quibbling here, plus he understood wine and knows that it can happen. Our new bottle was brought over without fuss. Just perfect! I’d just like to say thank you to Daddy Pond for the wonderful pre graduation treat and Brasserie Blanc for being pretty much perfect. We will be back!

Have you eaten at Brasserie Blanc before? Would you pay them a visit? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. We paid for our meal in full, Brasserie Blanc didn’t know I would be reviewing. As ever all opinions, words and photos are my own.

P.P.S. Brasserie Blanc is located at Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NN.

11 Comments

  • Reply Laura Nolan July 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    All that’s good looks and sounds amazing! I’m not actually much of a fane if French good other than the pastries!

    • Reply MissPond July 21, 2016 at 9:38 am

      That’s a shame, I do find it rich but it is always great for a special occasion πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elizabeth Cole July 20, 2016 at 7:41 am

    That cheese souffle looks so good. I think I’d order it.

    • Reply MissPond July 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

      It was really tasty, I’d definitely order it for myself next time πŸ™‚

  • Reply ali July 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I’m hungry just reading this! That’s so sweet of your dad and well done to him for sticking to his word.

    • Reply MissPond July 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Haha! Sorry! He was very good to stick to his word, in all honesty I had forgotten about his promise πŸ™‚

  • Reply Asma July 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Wow Emma all that food looks AMAZING!! Shame it’s so far away πŸ™ Congratulations on graduating again, and what a lovely treat from your dad. Hope you’re settling in well down South x

    • Reply MissPond July 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      There’s one in Leeds that you could check out πŸ™‚ Thank you we’re settling in just fine now x

    • Reply MissPond July 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

      They’re also opening one in Knutsford next week- even closer to Manchester πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tommy Joseph July 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! That food looks amazing! I’m sure the champagne was just as amazing too! I have a cousin in Cheltenham so next time I see her I’ll suggest we pay a visit to Brasserie Blanc! Tommy – http://www.tommyjoseph.co.uk

    • Reply MissPond July 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      The champers was wonderful, just as the food. Definitely worth paying a visit!

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