In the North of England in Hexham, on Hadrian's Wall route A69 is one of the best French restaurants, not only in England, but possibly all of Europe. In my multiple visits to France and French restaurants all over the United Kingdom, this restaurant is the one I was surprised by. It was really different. To start making a reservation, you have to fill out a simple questionnaire on their website. After clicking, you'll receive an email and an SMS text at the same time. If you do it in person, the service there is more than outstanding. Friendliness and professionalism are always present in Bouchon Bistrot Restaurant. The food fully justifies the awards it's received, among which are some of the best European restaurant in Britain and it's even been a finalist on a Gordon Ramsay show. An intimate, relaxed, that invites conversation at all times and to relax ... perfect decoration, blending traditional and modern carefully to the maximum detail. If you're in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this little place is a must. It's why I chose it to celebrate my daughter's christening.
Le Boudin Blanc a restaurant on Hertford street, behind Park Lane. It's a charming place where you can enjoy lunch or dinner. It is a French restaurant, featuring classic dishes a tad pricey but reasonable for the neighborhood. For starters there are oysters in red wine, duck pate, escargot, truffle risotto, etc. between 8 and 13 pounds. The fish cost around 20 pounds. They have sole meunière and several different filets depending on the season, you can order grilled whole fish too. The meats are a little more expensive, up to 23 pounds for the beef steak with mushrooms or roast lamb. It is one of the best French restaurants in London and it has the typical atmosphere of a bistros from France. You will spend around 40 to 50 pounds per person, with a glass of wine.
When I think about "La Bouche", it makes me salivate. This tiny place sells delicacies to go, also it has a few tables (I think only 2) so you can eat in the cafe. If you are lucky to find a seat, enjoy it. You will eat cheap & simple but amazing dishes, surrounded by shelves where they cram tons and tons of delicacies. Because of its location on Broadway Market, if you've been at flea market all day, there's nothing better than to end here and feast.
Located just opposite the west gate of the city, Café des Amis is a nice stop for all francophiles looking for a good meal and perhaps a little conversation in French. Indeed, you'll find many French expatriates and tourists at Cafe des Amis either enjoying a quick breakfast or lounging over a cup of tea. It's family-friendly place, unpretentious and very nice.
Nestled on a porch, in a corner of Carnaby Street, the "Kingly Court" is a perfect illustration of the richness of the area. From the outside it doesn't look like anything special, but you'll change your mind very quickly when you go inside. Over three floors, there are thirty small independent shops selling a variety of clothing, accessories, furniture, as well as small restaurants and snack bars ... downstairs is a very nice terrace attached to a charming tea room. Check out the large, multicolored cupcakes in their window ... amazing! The place is also very nice in the early evening, when the small garlands in the court light up, creating a magical atmosphere.
The owner of my B&B in Chester recommended that I try this place. In theory, it's a French restaurant but that's more or less debatable. The food and presentation, however, are quite good and the prices are reasonable for what you get. I'd suggest getting a table by the window.
At Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, you can find a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The staff is wonderful and very personalized. They have a very extensive tasting menu for you to try a little of everything. It may seem a little pricey, but everything is great. The presentation of the dishes is very neat (hence the 3 Michelin stars it has). The decor is high quality, in black, silver and cream.
Champagne + Fromage is exactly what it sounds like…crisp French champagne by the glass or by the bottle and an incredible selection for French cheeses and charcuterie. Apparently, there are a couple of these scattered around London but I went to the one in Brixton Market and loved it. I had an afternoon to kill before my wife arrived in the city, so I thought that a book, some champagne, and charcuterie sounded like a plan.
Apparently, the place even generated some controversy a while back as being the visible face of the “yuppie gentrification” happening in Brixton. For me, who cares? What matters is this: is the place good? Yes, it is. I got a glass of the cheapest champagne (that’s by one negative sticking point, all the champagnes are a bit over-priced) and some rabbit and Armagnac sausage (which was spectacularly good). It was served by a friendly young French girl and about half way through my meal an older French gentleman came by with a little basket of bread, apologetically stating that “you can’t eat without bread! Everything is better with bread.” He was right.
Anyways, it’s a good place for a nice appetizer and a quiet conversation in the Brixton Market. Admittedly, it breaks a bit from Brixton Market’s laid back international street-food vibe, but if there are three things that the French do exceedingly well, they’re champagne, cheese, and charcuterie. A welcome addition. Enjoy!
Marianne Restaurant is currently one of the trendiest restaurants, so I advise you to make a reservation beforehand if you have a scheduled trip to London .
The menu offered is not very extensive, but everything is great. The presentation of the dishes is very good and the portions are perfect, not too big or too small.
The decor is very modern and the service is great.
I recommend the pasta with truffles and the soufflé. The wine list is very extensive.
Le Gavroche is very a fashionable restaurant in London as it has 2 Michelin stars. So I recommend to book early if you want to try the great cuisine of this restaurant. They have a wide selection of food and wines. They offer a wide tasting menu and I recommend this without hesitation. The service is very professional and very attentive. You cannot go to Le Gavroche without tasting the cheese souffle.
The Ledbury has 2 Michelin stars, so it is always very full. We recommend you to book early because the minimum wait for a table is a month. They have a very extensive tasting menu so you can try a little of everything. The selection of wines is extensive. The service is great, you'll feel right at home.
Augustine Kitchen stands out primarily for the passion and creativity of the chef. I'd recommend the escargot, the lentil salad, and the pasta. You'll really feel like you're in Paris. Also, good wine list and reasonable prices.
Gastronhome is a small cozy restaurant with a great tasting menu of prawns, beef, and salmon. The menu is a bit limited but everything on there is of the highest quality and made with care. Good service.
Clos Maggiore is a restaurant in Covent Garden that's perfect for special occasions and family celebrations. It's also not a bad place for couples. The menu is vast but I'd suggest just asking your waiter for his/her recommendations. The wine list is excellent.
Raison D'Etre has a near-infinite menu of sandwiches...seriously, you'll probably take an eternity to decide which one you want. The breakfasts are also very good and it's a nice place to relax a bit in the morning before heading out to explore the city. Really lovely outdoor seating area.
Whits is located in the stylish Kensington neighborhood and serves French cuisine adapted to British tastes. The portions are very generous, so be careful when ordering. You have to leave room for the desserts, they're great. The service is very attentive and the prices are affordable.