Browns Brasserie & Bar
The opulent yet relaxed style of Browns calls to mind the chic brasseries of Paris, but the menu showcases the best modern British cuisine around. We visited on a Thursday night and were impressed by the elegant ambience. We quickly took our seats and ordered our mains of lobster risotto with Parmesan, chives, courgette and lemon, and slow-cooked salted pork belly, accompanied by a savoury apple pie, buttered green beans, mash, crackling and red wine jus. Before our show-stopping mains arrived, we shared a sumptuous starter of whole baked Somerset Camembert with warm toasted bread, and tomato and rhubarb chutney. The food was exquisite and served by friendly, unobtrusive staff.
The following weekend, I had reason to celebrate so booked a table at Browns for afternoon tea – this is an establishment that oozes understated glamour, so I knew it would be ideal. We enjoyed a glass of Champagne alongside a pot of tea, and eagerly tucked into the elegant stand of treats before us. The miniature brioche roll sandwiches were delightful, as were the freshly baked scones. For me, the showstopper was the salted caramel profi terole, but my friend is still rhapsodising over the elderfl ower and gin posset. Whatever the occasion, Browns is a superb choice – as long as you’re looking to be wined and dined in style.