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 goat’s cheese and walnut soufflé served with spiced pear compote while my partner chose pan-fried pigeon breast with sweet potato purée and a red wine and plum jus. Both were beautifully presented and totally delicious. These were followed by pork fillet and French black pudding with shallot pommes purée and an apple and Port sauce, and monkfish baked in ham and served on crabmeat risotto with confit lemon dressing. My pork was moist and delicious and the black pudding was wonderfully spicy, and my partner, a risotto aficionado, declared his choice to be perfect. Desserts of heavenly tarte tatin with ice cream and caramel sauce and classic peach Melba saw 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 the fi ne French cuisine too. On top, there’s the added temptation of the prix-fi xe menu for lunch and dinner, wherein a three course meal ranges from £14.50 to £24.