To walk into Pierre Victoire is to be immediately transported across the Channel to France. This bustling, independent restaurant exudes Gallic charm and warmth, from the initial greeting (in French, naturally) through to the decor and menu. To say we were spoilt for choice by the range of excellent-value dishes is an understatement. After much deliberation, I chose a twice-baked Roquefort soufflé served with apple and pear compote, while my partner chose suprême de pigeon with sweet potato , port wine jus and parsnip crisps. Both were beautifully presented and totally delicious. These were followed by onglet a l’echalotes – traditional French-cut steak with sautéed shallots and pommes frites, and filet du saumon en croûte – salmon fillet baked with creamed leeks in filo pastry. My steak was cooked to perfection, and my partner declared his choice to be perfect. Desserts of heavenly tarte Tatin with ice cream and classic crème brûlée rounded off the meal in style.
As the menu at Pierre Victoire changes every two months, there’s always plenty to look forward to when considering a meal here, and, thanks to the restaurant’s family-friendly atmosphere, children are more than welcome to visit and enjoy fine French cuisine too. There’s also the added temptation of the prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner, where a three-course meal ranges from £14.50 to £25.