Pre-b mr d and I used to eat out quite a bit. I’ve always been quite a lazy cook and often I’d get in from work and just couldn’t be bothered to faff on with cooking. We’d head into town for a something to eat or go to one of our favourite pubs. Now we have the little man, these spontaneous meals out are a thing of the past. And when we have tried a spontaneous meal out, it has often ended in disaster :/ Don’t get me wrong, mr d and I do get our fair share of date nights. Grandparents are fairly nearby and always happy to babysit for us. So when we got invited to go and try out the new Bistro Pierre in Weston-super-Mare, mr d and I were excited to do so. Even more so because we could enjoy some quiet time on our own too.
The last time I’d been to this restaurant was back in 2013 when it was an Italian restaurant. I can’t remember the name to be honest. We enjoyed our very first “date” night after b was born and we sat outside on a warm summer evening, enjoying good food and wine. And since then we hadn’t been back!
The restaurant changed hands a few times in between and then just this month reopened under the Bistro Pierre brand. Now I must admit, I’d never heard of Bistro Pierre before :/ But it turns out they have a few restaurants around the country.
The first thing I usually do when I haven’t been out to eat somewhere is check out the menu online. I’m quite a fussy eater so I always worry we’ll turn up and I’ll order a bread roll and salad. I didn’t have to worry though – the menu had plenty of things that I’d eat, from steak and chicken to vegetarian dishes. More than just one as well!
We got there around 6pm and enjoyed a welcome drinks reception. My hubby was particularly impressed with the ales they had on tap. He loves ale and is often disappointed in restaurants as all they seem to serve is Peroni by the bottle lol. And at super expensive prices too. They had a good selection of local ales though and also a French beer which he tried and enjoyed – Meteor Bière d’Alsace was the name. Rolled right off my tongue. I don’t speak French at all and I always struggle with French menus. German and Spanish, fine. But French, not a word.
Just after 7 we were shown to our table by the window. It would have been nice to sit out but being so close to the seafront, you do feel the sea air once the sun has gone down.
I’m a massive fan of French wine so I really enjoyed browsing the wine list and looking through all the different options. And, unsurprisingly for a French restaurant, there were a lot of lovely options 🙂
I know that sounds snobby and geeky but I am genuinely interested in wine – not just drinking it 😉 i’ve done a number of tastings and been to various vineyards in the UK. I also considered doing a course a few years ago but for various reasons, one of them being pregnancy (!), I just never really got going with it.
D and I shared the fried goats cheese started which was on the specials. I love goats cheese and really enjoyed this. To be honest I could have eaten the starter on it’s own with some salad and bread and that would have done me just fine!
For main I ordered the steak fritte, medium. It came with a garlic peppercorn sauce and really was delicious. It was cooked just right aswell. I hate steak overdone but I also hate it too bloody. Pink is perfect for me.
Mr d had a burger and I was too busy eating my steak to take a photo. We didn’t try a pudding. D and I aren’t huge pudding fans and to be honest we were stuffed from the starter and main meal. Instead we enjoyed a final glass of wine before grabbing a cab home.
Would I go back? Yes definitely. Would I go with b? I’d prefer not to. It wouldn’t instantly spring to mind as somewhere to take the little man. Certainly not on an evening. It’s just too nice for toddlers and I know mr d and I would spend the whole evening worrying that b would play up. Family friendly for lunch? Possibly – we’d need to try it out. The bar area downstairs was fairly casual and had a nice lunch menu so I wouldn’t write it off in terms of going there with the little man.
My main worries for Bistro Pierre is that “out of season slump”. When the tourists have gone home and the seafront is pretty much dead. I also think they have a lot of work to do to convince locals that it offers good value for money. I personally thought the prices were very reasonable for such a lovely restaurant vibe as well as amazing seafront views. But will the rest of Weston agree? I’m not so sure :/
Have you been to a Bistro Pierre? What did you think? Family friendly? Or are you a BP virgin? Don’t forget to save the pics on Pinterest for later 😉