A fantastic alfresco patio and giant drapeau tricolore proudly greet diners at the entrance, while old-school rusticity runs riot as loved-up Chelsea types canoodle among Poule au Pot's nook-like rooms, wicker baskets, dried flowers and dripping candles. The food also plays its part: bistro classics such as ratatouille, confit duck, steak-frites and, naturally, the eponymous chicken in a pot all make an appearance, although the cooking can fall flat – despite all that romantic nostalgia. Complaints about punchy prices come thick and fast, although a set menu promises two plates for less than £20. Service has more than a touch of ‘Allo ‘Allo! – in other words, ‘perfectly friendly but almost comically Gallic'. Despite such grumbles, this bijou gem remains a popular destination for those wanting to celebrate, reminisce or pretend to be lost in provincial France.
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