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London is known for its international cuisine, with entire corners of the city dedicated to specific countries’ national dishes. But with French fare there’s no one area to go to: restaurants can be found all over. Here are London’s finest French restaurants.
Offering al fresco dining options in the summer and cosy indoor seating in the winter, La Poule au Pot is a great all-year-round destination to sample fine, French cuisine in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The 1960s decor, aroma of freshly baked bread and the soft lighting welcome guests into this Belgravia establishment. The food is indulgent, hearty French cooking, perfect for a treat or celebratory meal. The menu changes regularly but expect classics such as coq au vin and brush up on your French as the menu is written solely in the restaurant’s mother tongue. Fixed price set menus are available daily at lunchtime.
Open for both lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant tucked away in the heart of Smithfield is said to serve the best cote de boeuf around. Café du Marché offers fixed price two and three-course menus, as well as an a la carte menu with an array of soups, salads and terrines for starter; guinea fowl, salt beef and calves’ liver for main; and cheese, tarts and sorbets for dessert. Go on a Friday night to sit back in a cushioned wicker chair, sip decanted wine and listen to the jazz pianist playing softly against a bare brickwall backdrop.
Just a short walk from London’s West End theatres,L’Escargot offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu as well as their usual a la carte fare and Sunday lunch options. Choose a table in front of the roaring wood fire and enjoy a whole lobster, sample the liquorice beef or opt for the traditional snails. All of the dishes on offer are the usual French bistro classics with a L’Escargot twist, and can be accompanied by a bottle of fine French wine; just ask the waiter to hand-pair the wine with the dishes. A homely yet elegant atmosphere, L’Escargot is a great restaurant for people-watching, and you can even bring your dog.