Frere Jacques

Frere Jacques


0.5 miles
10-12 Riverside Walk, Bishops Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1QN

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You would have to go a very long way to find a better location than Frere Jacques' enviable riverside setting on the Thames by Kingston bridge. Tucked away behind the bustling town centre, it offers a true oasis of calm, tranquilly juxtaposed with a cosmopolitan café-culture-style vibe.

My guest and I arrived on a fine autumnal evening to find the restaurant was buzzing both inside and out. Patio heaters ensured the alfresco eating area could still be utilised and, after a reassuringly Gallic welcome from general manager Rene Renault, we were shown to an outside table. The views of the river were spectacular, particularly in the evening light.

Frere Jacques' impressive menu takes in all the usual dishes you would associate with a French-themed restaurant along with some surprises - for example, I was delighted to see tartiflette, a traditional mountain-region recipe from the Savoie area, included on the entrées. Choosing from the à la carte menu, I picked a French onion soup for my starter, while my guest decided to sample the snails. They arrived beautifully presented, swathed in garlic and parsley butter and served with petit pain. For the main course, I opted for the vegetarian dish of the day - a perfectly executed risotto with Parmesan shavings. My guest chose confit de canard, which, was recommended by our everattentive waiter. To accompany our meal we selected the entirely palatable house red from the extensive wine list. For dessert, my guest requested the traditional apple tarte tatin whilst I plumped for a Victoria plum crumble. Neither of us were disappointed. My friend declared his tarte tatin better than most he'd had in France.

Frere Jacques offers a traditional French dining experience in a delightful setting, with a menu that offers variety and value for money. The great thing about Frere Jacques is that the restaurant can cater for any occasion, from family celebrations to romantic dinners. They also offer exquisite special-occasion menus, like their office Christmas party menu. Vive la difference et bon appetit.
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