Surrey Food and Guide 2015

  • By Duncan Stirke
  • 25 Jul, 2017

There are very few things in life as romantic as French dining, and, luckily for theresidents of Reigate, there’s no need to cross the channel to experience it thanks to La Barbe.

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.

Open:
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
t: 01737241966
w: www.labarbe.co.uk
e: restaurant@labarbe.co.uk
By Duncan Stirke 26 Jul, 2017
Already one of the region’s leading French restaurants, La Barbe’s popularity is set to soar even further this year thanks to the appointment of a new head chef, Patrick Brandao. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked alongside celebrated chefs and at acclaimed restaurants on both sides of the pond.

Patrick promises diners exquisite French flavours; Brandao takes traditional French cooking and injects a contemporary twist, using the fi nest ingredients possible. He relies heavily on sourcing the best produce, so designs seasonal menus that change to incorporate top-quality produce from local farms and fields, and the latest catch from the coast.

The rich and varied wine list has choices to satisfy the oenophile and novice alike, with something to complement every delicious dish on the menu. The team behind La Barbe knows that French dining is synonymous with style, but they also pride themselves on providing a dining experience in a relaxed, welcoming setting. You’ll find crisp white tablecloths on tables adorned with fresh flowers, and service that is second to none.

Head to La Barbe for all of the charm of France without having to cross The Channel.
By Duncan Stirke 25 Jul, 2017
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.

Open:
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
t: 01737241966
w: www.labarbe.co.uk
e: restaurant@labarbe.co.uk
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