My Sister and I don’t get to see each other as much as we used to and not nearly as much as we would like, so when I was recently invited to visit the newly refurbished Bistro Pierre in Leamington Spa, I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to get together, have a catch up and hopefully, enjoy some delicious food.
We booked a table for a Friday night and it just so happened to be the first Friday in December, which also meant that we got to sample the Christmas menu. I was quite excited as Christmas is all about the food, isn’t it?
The entrance to Bistro Pierre was stunning and this only set the scene for the rest of the restaurant. I can’t comment on its refurbishment, as I had never been before, but I can say that it is a really beautiful restaurant. The Christmas decorations were very classy and not too overdone and it felt very warm and welcoming. There was a great atmosphere too. Admittedly it was quite noisy, but then there were several Christmas parties going on, and no doubt the wine and cocktails were flowing, so I am going to assume that it’s not normally like this.
The food we chose was off the Christmas Set Dinner which is currently three courses for £26.95.
I let my sister choose the wine of which we had a carafe of Rosé. She chose the White Zinfandel which is her favourite and so I was happy to agree.
We perused the menu, although I had already had a sneaky peek at the menu online and I knew I was going to have the Lamb. Lamb is a favourite of mine and not something I have too often, so this was the perfect opportunity. The lamb is described on the menu as ‘Overnight slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with minted pea purée and Roquefort butter‘. My sister chose the salmon – ‘Herb-crusted Scottish salmon with green beans, sun-blushed tomatoes and Hollandaise sauce‘. Both choices came with a selection of potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
The food was delicious. My lamb could have been a little warmer, but everything else was piping hot. You could tell that the lamb had been cooked overnight as it cut very easily and melted in the mouth. I was a huge fan of the dauphinoise potatoes, I just wish there had have been a few more! It’s worth mentioning that I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables but even I ate all of them. I even discovered that I prefer broccoli a little on the crunchy side. Who knew?!
My Sister enjoyed her salmon and commented that it was a good size portion. Not too big and not too small. Which is always good when you have to make room for dessert, right?
For dessert, I chose to have the ‘Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream‘. My Sister opted for ‘Chocolate brownie with warm pouring chocolate sauce, crushed pistachios and whipped maple syrup and Grand Marnier cream‘. She wasn’t keen on the idea of the crushed pistachios though and so asked if she could have it without and they willingly obliged. Bonus points for this – it would be a shame to miss out on your favourite choice for the sake of a few nuts!
As you can see from the photos, the desserts looked delicious, and I can confirm that they tasted just as good! It was nice to finish a meal feeling satisfactorily filled and not uncomfortably full.
Overall, it was a really lovely evening. As I mentioned earlier, it was a little noisy but it is Christmas and there was a buzz about the place. Perhaps the waitresses and waiters could do with to speak a little louder to compensate, but this in no way spoiled the experience. For the couple of hours we were there we were made to feel very welcome and the staff always made sure we were happy and had everything we needed.
I would definitely recommend visiting Bistro Pierre if you have never been. It was my first French dining experience and I can safely say I would happily return. Thank you, Bistro Pierre, for having us, it was an absolute pleasure. Thanks to Sis too for the wonderful company, as always!
*I received two complimentary, two-course meals and a carafe of wine, in return for this honest review. All thoughts, opinions and words are my own.