For anyone looking for a romantic restaurant, you couldn’t do better than La Poule au Pot in Ebury Street. The restaurant was a favourite of mine many years ago, and I was surprised to find it still there and thriving. Based in Ebury Street even at lunchtime, the restaurant was dark and lit by candlelight.
A bonus for me is that well-behaved dogs are welcome. We were seated at a table on a raised area where there was a small space for Poppy to sit comfortably, away from the people who served us.
There is a table d’hôte – two courses £23.75; three £27.50. However, I noticed bouillabaisse on their à la carte menu £26.95 and as it was described as a traditional Marseille fish stew which I absolutely adore, I opted for this. In fact we both did. In France it is served in a large pot filled with all kinds of shellfish swimming in a broth. Here it came as individual pieces of fish, not the abundance of shellfish I had hoped for, but with a rich, delicious seafood soup on the side. Perhaps traditional was the wrong description but certainly the soup was delicious. A bit overpriced for what it was although having said that, fish soup was separately on the menu at £13.50.
The menu has the sort of items you would expect from a French restaurant – onion soup, snails, rack of lamb, steak with a choice of sauces, tarte tatin and crème brûlée, as well as the inevitable cheese board.
Considering the time of day and where it is, hidden away in the back streets of Victoria the restaurant was full.
231 Ebury Street, Belgravia,
London SW1W 8UT.
T. 020 7730 7763