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Bienvenue à La Popote. La Popote Restaurant is a small family owned French Bistro situated in the pretty village of Marton, Cheshire, seven miles from the town of Macclesfield. The restaurant is housed in a renovated farm steading and overlooks beautiful Marton Church, the oldest wooden timbered church in Europe.
Since opening in May 2009, La Popote has quickly gained a reputation for excellence and made their mark in Cheshire, offering something very special, really fabulous food combined with warm friendly personalised hospitality.
La Popote the name means a small cooking pot (everyone asks!) or colloquially 'What's Cooking'.
The original La Popote was opened in Durban South Africa in 1974, and over twelve years it became a successful and legendary restaurant which is still reminisced over by many, especially Victor's classic Moules mariniere and rack of lamb!! So with so many happy memories of that time we just had to reinvent it here in Cheshire, England! Other restaurants they owned that may be remembered by South Africans in the UK are L'Artiste at the Natal Playhouse Durban, Manna House Underberg, Manna House Hilton, Le Chalet, Pietermaritzburg.
Owners veteran restaurateurs Victor and Lynne Janssen have spent a lifetime in the field of good food, both in the Highlands of Scotland and for many years in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and their names have become synonymous with quality.
Why not come and see for yourself! A Bientot!
PLEASE NOTE: we are occasionally closed on Wednesdays, please phone to check.
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Sunday 26 March 2017
La Popote will be adorned with an explosion of spring flowers to feast the eye and add to the pleasures of a special celebration lunch. 2 sittings: 1200 or 1500 simply call Lynne on 01260 224785 for more details. <CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK>
After a beautiful drive through Derbyshire and The Goyt Valley we had meant to visit Biddulph Grange on Good Friday but on arrival we realised that our NT cards for 2011 we not in my husband's wallet.......luckily as it turned out.
On the way back we came across La Petit Ferme with it's coffee shop and bistro and since we were very hungry opted for the bistro, La Popote. Nice bar area and the restaurant looked very smart with black, white and grey decor. We were told to find a table in the lovely 'secret garden' with flower beds and York stone patio with wrought iron chairs and a mix of tables and umbrellas. I ordered a glass of dry white wine which was lovely and my tee total husband was given a jug of water and ice with no comment.
The lunch menu offered many interesting options along with the 'specials' but being fish pie afficionados that is what we both opted for. This is not 'Nouvelle Cuisine', the dish was large and beautifully presented with it's golden cheesy topping. Full of fish and prawns it has to be one of the very best we've ever eaten. The accompanying salad was colourful and had a tasty dressing. We didn't think we could eat a dessert but decided on two Pavlovas but one would have been more than enough. We couldn't believe the portion size but 'forced' it down, yummy with lots of strawberries and a raspberry coulis. We didn't have coffee ... no space left.
Lynne made us feel very welcome and it wasn't until we arrived back home that we realised the pedigree of she and her husband Marcus Janssen. They've run fine French restaurants in South Africa and Scotland! La Popote was a real find and we'll definitely be back probably with friends.
What a surprise, what was an on and off coffee house turned into a total eating experience, excellent food, beautifully cooked and presented superb wine at not a lot of money. Thus could be my favorite eating place for the future. Victor the chef came out to make sure everything was good without the ysy usual platitudes, Totally brilliant. Would give a 10/10 but desert took 45 mins to arrive.
Félicitations à vous La Popote!
A fantastic achievement has been made at the family run French bistro La Popote this month with a third running appearance in the Good Food Guide for the team along with accreditation in the Michelin Guide! Along with their newly announced more
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