17 Jul 2017
Iconic French restaurant group Brasserie Blanc, led by acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, brings a slice of rural France to the Bournemouth coast, with an all-new dining experience at the group’s latest destination restaurant, bar and terrace, located at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel.
Brasserie Blanc Bournemouth has that certain je ne sais quoi any local or holidaymaker could ever wish for. Relax with a café au lait in a cosy armchair, pull up a stool at the bar, or hit the terrace and soak up the spectacular sea views and relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying a specially curated menu, bursting with French dishes inspired by Maman Blanc.
Located within the landmark Highcliff Marriot hotel which first opened its doors in 1875, the open- plan dining space has had a chic makeover, with Anthropologie etched Arcadia mural wallpaper adorning the walls and richly coloured banquette seating complementing the impressive space. Touches of eye-catching monochrome flooring, luxurious leather stools and Moooi Heracleum lights give a contemporary feel to the bar. A semi-private dining room, tucked away in the hotel library, complete with vintage leather wingback chairs, oak tables and a mustard velvet chesterfield sofa, is the perfect spot for an intimate meal for up to 16 family and friends.
Head out to the large outdoor terrace boasting fantastic views out to sea. Canopy umbrellas provide welcome shade for hot summer days and luxurious woollen blankets are on hand for those cooler nights.
Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Brasserie Blanc welcomes early morning espresso seekers, lazy lunchers and evening drinkers and diners. Inspired by Raymond’s childhood in the French countryside, Brasserie Blanc celebrates the best of classic French food alongside more contemporary dishes and a global wine menu.
Begin the day with a little petit dejeuner – choose from freshly ground coffee and pastries, or take a little longer over morning brunch, with Eggs Benedict, a Croque Monsieur or a Full English to set you up for the day.
Guided by the seasons, the ever-changing la carte menu reflects the very best produce available. Classics include the BB cheese soufflé; potted Cromer crab with avocado and prawn butter; escargots; duck leg confit with black cherry sauce and dauphinoise potatoes; and a stunning bouillabaisse with hake, red mullet, seabream, gurnard, squid and mussels, with braised fennel, saffron potatoes and a garlic crouton. More contemporary dishes that simply shout summer include grilled rock lobster tail and frites; Mediterranean summer salad; and moules marinières; or Le Burger – a free-range Cornish beef patty with fries and Comté cheese is a hearty choice for healthy appetites. Henri Le Worm’s children’s menu offers delicious dishes that don’t compromise on quality or taste for £6.95 for a main, side and dessert, with half portions of selected mains available for older children.
To finish, expect decadent desserts of lemon tart, gooseberry crumble and chocolate delice with a crispy feuillantine base and served with a kirsch panna cotta cream. A fabulous choice of seasonal fromage is also available, for those who prefer to end on a savoury note.
Pull up a stool at the central bar for a crisp, chilled glass of wine whilst grazing on a charcuterie board, or head for the terrace for summer sipping al fresco. The perfectly crafted wine list boasts an array of regional French and international wines as well as Brasserie Blanc’s very own Blanc de Blancs sparkling. The cocktail list shows French flair and features concoctions bursting with seasonal flavours – must-try summer sips include a Cointreau Fizz with Fever-Tree lemon tonic, an Elderflower Collins and the Paloma with Ocho Reposado tequila, pink grapefruit juice, agave syrup and soda. Alternatively, hail the gin trolley stocked with a wide variety of serves, from classic London dries to fresh and floral varieties including locally made Pothecary Gin. A selection of draft and bottled beers, ciders and mocktails complete the offer.
In true French style, four-legged friends are welcome on the terrace during the day, so bring your pooch post a morning stroll along the promenade.
Whether you’re ordering room service, popping in for a coffee or fancy dining al fresco on the terrace, Brasserie Blanc’s recipes will transport you to the heart of France from the English coast. À bientôt!