Inspired by Raymond’s own kitchen where friends and family gather around the table to celebrate authentic French food, there are plenty of comfortable spots to relax and take in the atmosphere. Settle on a cosy armchair with a cocktail or coffee; relax with the papers at the communal table; treat yourself to afternoon tea in the bar; or host a celebration in the private dining room with its own hidden terrace.
Split over two floors, the interior has been carefully designed to respect the history and character of the building and now feels both spacious and cosy. The décor has been kept simple with natural materials and a muted colour palette of heritage tones to give anaged, worn quality, while earthy materials such as character timbers, antiqued materials and rich chalky paints add a sense of warmth and depth.
Everyday furniture is cleverly mismatched with statement pieces such as the weathered timber communal table, hand-stained chairs, rustic wire-brushed benches and a beautifully upholstered tapestry banquette. Formal white crockery and tablecloths have been replaced with handmade ceramics and natural linens to give a more relaxed, homely feel. Outside, a secret courtyard is decked with French Bistro furniture and over-sized parasols - perfect for summer drinking and dining.
Serving simple, hearty French cooking,Brasserie Blanc’s menu is inspired by the flavours of Raymond Blanc’s childhood. Guided by the seasons and prepared from scratch by skilled chefs, the à la carte menu changes quarterly to reflect the very best produce available.
Now open from 8.30am (9.30am on Sundays), working breakfasts and lazy mornings are catered for with a range of hot and cold breakfast and brunch options including freshly baked pastries, Eggs Benedict, Croque Monsieur and a full English breakfast.
Come lunch and dinner, expect traditional dishes that pay homage to French-style cooking. Starters include pan-fried Morteau sausage with potato salad and a poached egg; baked cheddar cheese soufflé with a warm cheddar sauce; and escargots baked in garlic herb butter. Meander through to mains with a host of classic dishes such as ‘six-hour’ beef short-rib served with mousseline potatoes, braised carrots and a thyme and red wine sauce; lamb kidney casserole with root vegetables; crêpes francomptoise with mushrooms, spinach and cheese; and whole spiced gilthead bream with aromatic vegetables.
Desserts on offer include flambéed crêpe Suzette with an orange and Cointreau sauce; sticky Normandy apple tart with calvados butter and vanilla ice cream; and chocolate soufflé with bitter chocolate ice cream.
For a lighter post-work bite, catch up with friends over a chilled glass of Brasserie Blanc’s bespoke bubbly whilst nibbling on sharing plates that include charcuterie platters laden with French meats, sourdough bread and a selection of dips. And from just £11.95 for a two-course lunch and £14.45 for dinner, the reasonably priced set-value menus are perfect for a light lunch or quick supper.
The menu is complemented by a well-crafted wine list, expertly chosen to enhance the authentic French dishes on the menu. Choose from a handful of regional French red, white and rose wines, with many available by the glass, as well as Brasserie Blanc’s very own sparkling wine. An impressive cocktail menu includes seasonal specials such as the Apple Mojito and Gin & Ginger Sour alongside classic concoctions such as the Bramble, Rose Petal Martini and Dark ‘N’ Stormy.