Le Bar

Restaurants, French Smithfield
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Venue says Cocktail and frapas plate - £12.50. Happy hour - two-for-one on selected cocktails daily 4.30-6.30pm. Daily-changing plat du jour - £8.50

If the name wasn't hint enough, this bar champions all things French. From the 200+ French wines to the frapas (that's French tapas) to the European soundtrack.

Situated in an annexe of Club Gascon, Le Bar is a long, narrow, intimate venue. Brown leather egg chairs line up along the bar and tables, where diners can enjoy a menu inspired by ingredients from the Gascony region, including mussels, duck heart persillade and snails with crushed potatoes. 

 

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Le Bar says
Le Bar is a new venue of iconic Michelin-starred restaurant Club Gascon. Destination by itself, this award-winning bar aims to take guests on a journey to the charming and elegant South West of France. The soul of Le Bar lies in hand-crafted cocktails, intriguing wines and small sharing plates.

Le Bar offers an exciting variety of classic cocktails with a contemporary Gascony twist alongside innovative blends and shares its wine list with sister restaurant Club Gascon that covers over 200 French appellations. The menu is inspired by the concept of frapas (French tapas), focused on showcasing region’s finest seasonal ingredients and specialties. All served in an elegantly decorated room and accompanied by relaxing, easy-going music.
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Venue name: Le Bar
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Address: 59 West Smithfield
London
EC1A 9DS
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:45am till 12 midnight Friday and Saturday 5:00 till 12 midnight
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Price: £15
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London Foodie Mama

Shhhh…London Foodie Mama has stumbled upon a little London secret. Not sure we want anyone else to discover this find….It’s the lunch time bargain dish of the day served at Cellar Gascon. LFM is a big fan of the Gascon mini chain having dined at the Michelin starred (stiff and formal) Club Gascon and the more accessible gourmet bistro style Comptoir Gascon. Having spent a fortune at both these venues, who would have thought their baby sister restaurant, Cellar Gascon, could offer a decent dish at £6!

We devoured the Toulouse Sausage cassoulet bathed in beautiful juices and lentils. OK, the dish is on the small size but we were satisfied at lunchtime having filled up on the accompanying complimentary fresh baguette and topping up with the bargain desert (£3) of Pain Perdu (translated as Lost bread). We also tried the Signature Gascon Duck burger which you couldn’t fault – moist shredded duck, sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun (yes it could have been bigger but it was only £5!) Why can’t there be more places like this in London??

Would you bring a baby? Simple answer..No. Do you want to trek to the City/Clerkenwell area at lunchtime with the buggy on public transport and dine amongst serious looking suited and booted business men? Plus, the venue is more of a narrow wine bar with little room for buggies with no highchairs available and no baby changing facilities. Having mentioned all the above, our toddler was happily perched in a booth and staff made us feel welcome despite our noisy tag along. (Parenting tip from LFM: train your kids early on regarding restaurant behaviour and etiquette and potty train early to avoid searching from nappy changing facilities). https://londonfoodiemama.wordpress.com/