Food & DrinkReview

Review: Brasserie Blanc

Sundays may well be sorted with Brasserie Blanc’s latest Lunch Menu

First of all, a bit of BB background. Raymond Blanc has become a household name, training up some of the world’s most famous chefs including Heston Blumenthal and Michael Caines. He’s completely self-taught but still managed to earn himself two big shiny Michelin Stars. He is acknowledged internationally as one of the best in the business. In recent years he has turned his attention to creating his own chain of brasseries. With a handful of sites down south, Cheshire was chosen as Brassiere Blanc’s northern outpost – fitting well into Knutsford’s existing mixture of fine dining, indies and some of the shall we say more ‘tasteful’ chain offerings.

Expect classic French cuisine joined by some more worldly dishes inspired by Chef Blanc’s extensive experience and far flung travels. Whilst old Ray may not be in the kitchen himself, rest assured, you’re in capable hands – the food is freshly prepped, seasonal and all carefully sourced. As lovers of ‘Sunday Best, MCRhookup came to town to try their Sunday Roast Menu. We like the sound of some succulent spring dishes especially as BB appetisingly offer two courses from just £20 or three for £25 – excellent value!

Cheese Souffle
Chicken Liver Parfait

Sunday’s always feel pretty prim and proper and that’s just how we like it. There is something about a nice jaunt to sunny Knutsford which feels wholesome and calls for some traditional food so we decided to go all out on the classics.

The BB Cheese Souffle was lovely and light, a generous portion that was fluffy and delicious in its own right however was transformed with the warm cheddar sauce. Delightful. Continuing the ‘safe’ choices, Chicken Liver Parfait. Widely available but often average at best, it’s good to see the attention to detail with truffle butter and nicely toasted brioche. The homemade red onion marmalade really helps make this more than just paltry poultry parfait.

Roast Cornish Lamb & Shepherd’s Pie

They’ve got a good choice of Mains on at BB, the À la carte Menu is still available on Sundays but with our eyes on the roasted prize we remained focused. Roasts are surely everybody’s favourite, right?! Well here you have the choice of lamb, pork or beef so there’s something for everyone and the selfless servings make it perfect for an indulgent Sunday lunch with friends.

We opted for the Roast Cornish Lamb which comes with the usual veggies you’d expect but also a little bonus shepherd’s pie which just adds to the fun and feasting. The shoulder of lamb was cooked pink and perfect complete with stuffing, slow cooked lamb bon-bon a minted pea purée all entombed in bottomless gravy!

Steak Frites

Mixed Berry Pavlova

Full up, but never one to turn down dessert we asked our helpful host for her recommendation. It was a toss up between the Choc’ Mousse Cup and what we went for following some wise words, the Mixed Berry Pavlova. Its flavours are as bright and vibrant as its colour scheme, with sweet and sticky meringue, fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberry coulis and Chantilly cream it’s the perfect summery end to a slap up Sunday.

The restaurant’s surroundings, service and Set Menu in particular make this a really smart option for family Sundays as they should be.

Brasserie Blanc – Royal George Building, Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6GR