SquareMeal Review of
Le Bistrot Pierre Ilkley
Bringing the buzz of a gregarious French provincial bistro to towns and cities across the UK, this Gallic chain avoids predictable branding when it comes to the look and style of each branch –
although the food always stays with the programme. Daily plats and monthly specials supplement a seasonal menu that offers everything from a pungent amuse-bouche of roasted garlic bulbs with rustic
artisan bread to white chocolate bavarois, via the likes of whole baked Camembert, slow-roast shoulder of lamb with minted pea purée and Roquefort butter or wild mullet with fennel. Le Bistrot
Pierre is also known for its gluten-free choices, lunchtime ‘plats rapides’, honest ‘menu enfant’ and regular special deals – including a monthly six-course ‘soirée gastronomique’. The all-French
wine list champions small independent growers, and there are helpful food-matching suggestions too.