RUNNING a restaurant has been anything but plain sailing during the past couple of years.
And just when there appeared to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, further pressure has been heaped on eateries by the rocketing cost of food – the raw ingredients of their trade – and energy bills, coupled with the squeeze being put on the spending power of potential customers by the current all round cost of living crisis.
It is good to see restaurants making an effort to not only encourage customers to eat out but also make it easier on their wallet.
Stratford’s French-style restaurant Bistrot Pierre is doing just that with its new affordable fixed price Menu Soirée.
Available between Sunday and Thursday from 5pm, the three course offering is priced at a genuine value-for-money £22 per person, which also includes a glass of its signature Cuvée 22 wine, which is helpfully paired with each of the dishes.
Three starters, four mains (including vegetarian/vegan option) and three desserts – the menu may not be extensive but what it delivers is quality.
The starters include a French Onion Soup, alongside a hearty and beautifully smooth Chicken Liver Parfait accompanied by toasted bread and a red onion confiture and an equally hearty and flavoursome Deep-fried Brie with a homemade
The wonderfully big and rich Boeuf Bourguigon has been Bistrot Pierre’s signature dish for 25 years and with good reason. The 16 hour slow-cooked beef slowly braised with red wine, shallots, mushrooms, bacon, pomme purée and honey roasted carrots is nothing short of superb.
It has a perfect partner in the Cuvée XXII La Grandé Reservé -a gently oaked Cabernet Sauvignon from the Languedoc.
The Chicken Printanier is a lighter dish but not at the expense of flavor. Pan-fried chicken breast, asparagus, fricassée of wild mushrooms, peas, truffle oil and tarragon, with
tenderstem broccoli and new potatoes all make up a dish not to be forgotten in a hurry.
It’s perfect partner is a Cuvée XXII Blanc de Blancs – a zesty Sauvignon Blanc dominated blend from Gascony.
To round off desserts offer a choice between a classic Creme Brulee, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Organic Ice Cream and Sorbet.
All of which can be enjoyed inside the roomy and relaxed setting of the Swan’s Nest Lane restaurant itself, or on he spacious terrace.
Nick White, CEO of Bistrot Pierre, said: “We’re acutely aware of the difficult circumstances our customers are facing in this current economic climate, which is why we have created this new evening menu set at £22 which allows people to still have a night out and enjoy their bistrot favourites.
“With a fixed price and a complimentary glass of our signature Cuvée 22 wine added in as well, there are no hidden surprises so people know exactly how much they are spending and can focus on enjoying their evening out with friends, family or colleagues instead.”
There are of course other establishments where diners could eat at a similar cost per head, but it is the quality of the Menu Soirée at Bistrot Pierre which makes it stand out during these difficult days for restaurants and customers alike.
Visit www.bistrotpierre.co.uk/events/new-menu-soiree/ for full details.