Altrincham's very own French bistro shines...

I walk past Altrincham’s Bistrot Pierre most days and always notice how inviting it looks. Colourful decor, a lively bar, the occasional sound of a concertina and, if you’re lucky, the tempting aroma of garlicky goodness.

Last night was cold and the thought of some hearty gastro dishes was too much and no sooner you could say ‘Jacque Cousteau’ I was nibbling on some warm bread, proper butter and a robust glass of Malbec.

The new Autumn a la carte has plenty to offer with a very good selection of dishes across the menu that’ll keep you busy during these dark months. I highly recommend devouring the tangy tapenade while contemplating; you’ll no doubt take time digesting the full selection on offer.

I was so glad I chose the Portobello mushroom starter. Encased as a crispy ham parcel, the mushroom was topped with goats’ cheese. Not the best photo I've ever taken, but to be fair I just wanted to get stuck in!

The mushroom had plenty of earthiness and the cheese was nice and sharp partnering very well with the salty jambon. It was lifted further by a zesty caper dressing. If you go, make sure you order this beauty.

We also ordered the chicken liver parfait that came with a lovely confit of sweet onion. I have to say too, that the bread here is outstanding; whether it’s the olive batch with the tapenade appetizer, the crispy baguette they put on the table, or in this particular starter, a chewy sourdough that added bite to that velvety slab of that parfait. Could just about make out some sort of alcohol; maybe Madiera - delicious!

No sooner had we finished these charming starters, the mains arrive. Throughout the meal the food was lightening fast – maybe a little too quick. I like to appreciate my courses, have an ever so slight breather. I had no time to savour.

The star of the mains was this, the Boeuf Bourguignon. Absolutely perfect for the chilly months ahead, the beef was incredibly tender and loaded with layers of flavour; whether it be the salty jewels of pork, sweet baby onions or the delicious sauce that although looked rich, was surprisingly light on the palate.

Speaking of light, this sea bass dish was a delightful dish too. Light in that you felt nicely full afterwards, it had incredible flavour. I was drawn to this dish because of my fond love of the classic sauce vierge and this version was as good as any I’ve had in France. Partnering with the expertly cooked bass, it was a joy to demolish.

Having seen several desserts float past during our meal, we were easily persuaded to order our final course and, along with a fine recommendation from David our waiter, we ordered the sticky toffee pudding and their creme brulee.

David deserves credit here because the brulee was exceptional. Crunchy, then smooth – it was perfect.

This sticky toffee pudding was up there with the best of them too. The fine vanilla ice cream and wonderful caramel sauce that had a real shine of buttery glory paired exceptionally well with the sultry sponge. I could count the calories and didn’t care. Went very well with their coffee.

I can see why Bistrot Pierre is constantly busy. Their staff are amongst some of the friendliest and well trained I’ve seen, the food was all very very good indeed and the surroundings are lovely too. I can live with the speedy food because it was that appetising that I wanted it as fast as possible.

We left very happy, comfortably full and already discussing when we’ll be back to try one of their themed evenings. Book now, you’ll love it.

Posted: Wednesday 18th October 2017
ID: 11417 - 1942

Le Bistrot Pierre's 17th bistrot is located in Altrincham's Stamford Quarter, contributing to the revival of the town centre which is benefiting from major regeneration and a growing food and drink scene.

The two-floor restaurant, with space for 170 diners has impressive floor to ceiling windows, stunning French-styled interiors, a bar area and outside seating.

Our raison d'etre is great value French cooking and seasonal menus. We like to combine French bistrot classics such as steak-frites, boeuf bourguignon and creme brulee with our own take on regional favourites like confit de canard and pate de campagne. Our relaxed and friendly bistrot is the place to go for any occasion.

Open seven days a week, we serve lunch and dinner daily and breakfast at weekends. We have something for everyone, from our two-course prix-fixe lunch for '£11.95 and a two-course pre-theatre menu for '£14.95 to our evening a la carte menu. We also offer gluten-free dishes and a children's menu, which comes with our bespoke 14 page activity pack.

Breakfast: Saturday-Sunday 0900-1100
Lunch: Monday-Friday 1130-1700 / Saturday-Sunday 1200-1700
Dinner: Monday-Wednesday 1700-2100 / Thursday-Saturday 1700-2200 / Sunday 1700-2100
Bar Food: Monday-Thursday 1200-1900 / Friday-Sunday 1200-1800
Bank Holiday Monday opening hours are the same as Sunday opening hours.