One had to shout…La Buvette – 7/10

La Buvette mackerel

One felt compelled to shout at the lead actress on the stage. After all, everyone else was doing the same. No, this was not due to her acting, although it was somewhat lame. No this was because Sir Cosmo had convinced me and chums to go to a Pantomime of Snow White and the Seven dwarfs at Richmond Theatre. At the interval one had to elbow the six year olds out of the way to get to the front of the line for choc-ices. REALLY…what a palaver. For those of you not familiar with British “panto” then it is a must if you have children as you can send them to get the ice creams at the interval.

Fortunately, salvation was at hand in the form of the small, intimate surroundings of La Buvette. One had wished to visit for a long time as it gets very good reviews. The £15 post theatre menu sounded excellent value and so it was to prove. It’s a French bistro composed of two cosy rooms with dining outside in summer. It is nestled in a quaint courtyard next to the imposing St. Mary Magdalene church.

Mein host was very welcoming and we were soon drinking some very palatable house wine. Much needed as one one’s throat was dry after all the shouting at the theatre. One chose the bean soup, the mackerel and finished with Brie de Meau. All were very well done, given that this is only a £15 menu, there was no holding back on quality. The mackerel came with a marvellous “tapenade” made of fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil and sent one’s taste buds into a frenzy. Fortescue of course was there and surprised everyone with his choice of Beetroot bourgignon which he declared to be excellent.

One can only say, hurrah. It would now seem appropriate to try the à-la-carte menu.

La Buvette
6 Church Walk,
Richmond,
Surrey,
TW9 1SN
UK
T: 020 8940 6264
www.labuvette.co.uk

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Categories: Budget (£), Doctor Lunch, French, London, UK, Worth a visit

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