Its classic French bistro chic appearance – with red gingham tablecloths, Tolix metal chairs and copper cooking pots on the walls – on a pedestrianised side street in Kent’s county town is carried through to the menu (breakfast Mon-Sat, lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Wed-Sat) featuring reasonably priced generous portions of freshly cooked French favourites, from substantial snacks like croque monsieur and omelettes (with proper super-skinny frites), to hearty mains like choucroute and boeuf bourgignon, with homemade patisserie puds (made by the owner’s wife) like tarte au citron and Paris Brest, on show in the window to lure in passers-by. It’s a real family business: Ulric, the owner and enthusiastic, welcoming chef-patron, named the restaurant after their youngest son. The original premises were expanded into the two next door in 2018, to add a bar, which has over 400 French wines, 30 French cheeses as well as 250 gins and 30 rums to drink in or take away.
Frédéric BistroClassic French cooking in a buzzy Kent bistro
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