Crisp white tablecloths, fresh flowers and elegant furnishings set the scene for our evening of Gallic indulgence. French-speaking staff presented us with a menu of French classics, each as indulgent and delectable as the last and all created using the finest, freshest ingredients. The wine list has much to satisfy the oenophile and novice alike and, of course, boasts one of the most extensive selections of French wines in the area.
Pan-fried tiger prawns flambéed with whisky and served with avocado and pine nut salad was a light and flavourful opening dish, while the warm goat’s cheese and mint parcel served with honey and sesame dressing boasted the perfect balance of savoury and sweet flavours and was the ideal intro to a robust main course. This came in the form of tender grilled lamb cutlets with rich rosemary jus and stuffed Provençale
tomato for me, and succulent roasted duck breast served with fruity blackberry sauce, sautéed potatoes, bacon and onion for my companion.
For dessert, a chocolate, caramel, coffee and peanut layer cake with chocolate ice cream provided a befittingly decadent finale to our exquisite French feast.
In my view, La Barbe really is the creme de la creme, and, as this is a restaurant with over 30 successful years under its belt, it seems that plenty of other diners would agree.
Mon-Fri noon-2pm (last orders), 7pm-9.30pm (last orders);
Sat 7pm-9.30pm (last orders);
Sun noon-2pm (last orders)
Location 71 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7AN