SquareMeal Review of
This quirky slice of rural France offers twists on the classics in a homely setting featuring cottage furniture and flamboyant pastoral scenes painted on tiled walls. Meanwhile, the private dining room downstairs takes it to another level, with its murals depicting a jungle scene. The mid-priced menu offers a range of seasonal small plates peppered with European influences: smoked mussels are paired with black pudding and artichoke purée; a combo of monkfish and pumpkin sparkles with buttery flavours, undercut by the zing of sun-dried tomatoes, while carnivores might veer towards braised lamb shoulder with anchovy, rosemary and soubise sauce. A varied selection of French charcuterie and cheese invites a wine-focused visit, supported by a carefully curated Gallic list that makes room for some Spanish and Italian tipples. It's all very amiable and charming, right down to the cow-shaped milk jugs. With a couple of street tables and a front window that can be opened completely, Blanchette was built for languorous summery days.