Great French Food Is Set To Arrive In Cheshire With The Opening Of Two Exciting New Venues From The Team Behind The Brasserie Blanc

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The team behind Brasserie Blanc has announced two Cheshire openings on Monday June 27th 2016. Brasserie Blanc will open in Knutsford and, on the same day, The Oakwood, the latest addition to the growing White Brasserie pub group, will open in Alderley Edge.

Brasserie Blanc French bar & restaurant will open on Regent Street in Knutsford in the historic Royal George building. The restaurant, which is part of a group overseen by renowned chef Raymond Blanc, will bring affordable French food to the town and boasts a skilled chef team who prepare everything in-house using the freshest seasonal ingredients in their dishes.

Following a major refurbishment guests will be treated to a stylish but welcoming venue with a relaxing bar space, a communal ‘kitchen table’ and spaces to suit all occasions from Sunday brunch to light lunches and celebration dinners. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 9am until 10pm, Monday through to Thursday; 9am until 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9am until 9pm on Sundays, welcoming diners and non-diners alike with local beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list of French and new World wines.

Dishes on the summer menu include: classic cheese soufflé, chilli & ginger squid, potted Cromer crab, grilled cod ‘au citron’ and a range of Cornish free-range steaks. Desserts are all home-made and include summer berry Savarin and a mouthwatering chocolate and almond torte.
Raymond Blanc said: “I am very excited to be opening in this beautiful town with so much history. I hope very much that people will enjoy what we have to offer here – the food is simple and honest, it’s the food I love to serve to my friends and family, delicious and homely but with that extra something special”.

Eight miles away and opening on the same day (Monday 27th June) will be a beautiful country pub and brasserie on Brooke Lane, Alderley Edge. Part of the growing White Brasserie pub group, The Oakwood will be warm and welcoming with a unique combination of a traditional pub and French Brasserie, with a very English twist.

The pubs are run by a sister company to Brasserie Blanc and although Raymond is not directly involved he takes a great interest in their progress.

The Oakwood has been designed to a high specification, which will create a many-textured feel through furniture and fittings. Rich wooden flooring throughout gives a sense of space and comfort, a huge open bar with weathered zinc top will be a focal point and will invite diners and drinkers to pull up a stool and relax over a pint or a chilled glass of wine. The colour scheme borrows from the countryside with a Farrow & Ball palette of soft greens, dusky pinks and blues.

Guests can choose a space to suit the mood or occasion: quiet booths in the panelled snug, low tables for coffee or drinks in the bar or tables for two, four six or more in the main Brasserie zone.

The outside space has been greatly enhanced with French courtyard planting and a huge vine covered pergola to whisk you away (in mind if not in body) to deepest Provence.

The pub will be open from 11am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 till 10pm on Sundays, and will offer diners a varied menu of classic French dishes – moules, beouf Bourguignon, lemon tart as well as English pub classics such as gammon, duck egg and chips or a seasonal pie of the week. Steaks are big on the menu and all are from pasture-reared free-range English cattle. The wine list is extensive with an additional ‘Fine Wine’ menu featuring exceptional vintages and more unusual wines and Champagnes.

Mark Derry, Chief Executive of Brasserie Blanc said: “The White Brasserie company Is committed to creating pubs that feel like an integral part of their local community and that offer guests a beautiful environment in which to relax and enjoy sensational, home-cooked food.”

Both new venues serve freshly prepared vegetarian dishes, offer allergen menus and have a colorful and healthy children’s menu as well as offering half portions of a la carte dishes for older children. The Oakwood is dog friendly and welcomes four-legged friends in the bar and outside spaces.

Brasserie Blanc, Royal George Buildings, Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6GR, knutsford@brasserieblanc.com

The Oakwood, Brook Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7RU, Oakwood.alderley@whitebrasserie.com

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Corks Out Champagne and Canapé Tasting

The annual Corks Out Champagne and Canapé night made its way to the prestige 3 rosette Alderley Edge Hotel & Restaurant last week accompanied by a host of well-known and famous Champagne houses to tantalize the taste buds of a bustling, and aptly named, Lauren Perrier suite.

I’m going to dive straight into the tasting notes of each Champagne I tried, with hopefully some interesting side notes on each.

Canard Duchene Cuvee Leonie NV – 12%

More than ten million bottles are ageing in the chalk cellars of Canard-Duchêne, which were dug by hand in the 19th century.
A good mix of tropical fruits and dried flowers on the nose that opens up beautifully once it hits the palate. Very fresh.

Thienot Rose – 12.5%

A favourite of Raymond Blancs restaurant – lively cherry and blackcurrant aromas swirl on the nose that develops into some fantastic flavours of red berries on the palate.

Cattier White Label Brut NV – 12.5%

Served best with white meat – fresh white fruit of apples and pears subtly surround the nose, with a lively, fresh dose of tropical and floral flavours on the palate.

Cattier Premier Cru Antique Rose NV

Perfect with fruit desserts – fresh and well-rounded with crisp red berries dominating both the nose and palate.

Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades

Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades NV – 12.5%

Found in many a Champagne bar, including The Circle 360 – very light floral notes on the nose with hints of fruit nearing the end. Creamy on the palate with a distinctive brioche flavour coming through with a long finish.

Taittinger Vintage Millésimé 2005

Floral on the nose to begin, but moves onto ripe fruit and raisin. A fresh palate dominated with caramalised fruits produces a long finish.

Ruinart Rose NV – 12.5%

Ripe cherry and red berries on the nose with a little spice at the end. Silky as it hits the palate, with fresh mint and grapefruit flavours.

Moet & Chandon Grande Vintage 2002

Toasted notes of almonds on the nose with ripe fruits following and maturing onto the palate. A complimenting mix of rhubarb, citrus and pink grapefruit go well together for a long finish.

Dom Perignon Vintage 2003 – 12.5%

Incredibly soft, sweet floral notes on the nose with a hint of spice near the end. Delicate on the palate to begin with, but develops well with a creamy texture and a slight tang finish.

Krug Grande Cuvee NV – 12%

A blend of around 120 wines from 10 or more different vintages – a mix of floral, ginger bread and citrus blend well on the nose, whilst flavours of hazelnuts, almonds and honey dominate the palate.

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV – 12.5%

A good marriage of cream and fruit on the nose, with rich peach and a subtle butter flavour on the palate that produces a long finish.

Bollinger Rose NV – 12%

A soft aroma of red fruit on the nose becomes more dominant as it reaches the palate as strawberries and raspberries stand out. Long, creamy finish.

Bollinger Grande Annee Vintage 2002 – 12%

Pears, toffee and spice are present on the nose, with a rich balance of citrus and apple on the palate.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier – 12%

Toasted almonds dominate the nose, moving to become lively yet creamy on the palate.

Louis Roederer Carte Blanche – 12%

Intense honey and ripe, sweet notes on the nose, with rich, creamy texture on the palate with apricots coming through. Long finish.

Louis Roederer Rose Vintage – 12.5%

Pairing well with a variety of food – lots of fruits on the nose, with blackberries and blueberries coming through noticeably. Rich fruit and cream blend well on the palate.

Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage 2004 – 12%

Intense white fruit and citrus hits the nose well, with a hint of sweetness nearing the end. Peach and apricot burst on the palate into a soft, silky and creamy end.

Laurent Perrier Brut – 12%

Delicate aroma of citrus on the nose, fruity and crisp on the palate with a long finish.

Laurent Perrier Vintage 2002 – 12%

Dried fruits and citrus bounce off each other on the nose, with a lively palate of lemon and dark fruit combining for a long finish.

Laurent Perrier Brut Rose – 12%

Crisp aroma of red fruits on the nose that follows onto the palate and intensifies. Lots of strawberries and blackcurrant mixing well for a rounded finish.

After having a tipple or two of the Champagne, Bob of Corks Out in Stockton Heath was on hand with some Champagne cocktails including a Bellini using Briottet Creme de Peche, a Rhubarb Royale involving Briottet Rhubarb, a French 75 with -ish Gin and the surprisingly good mixture of Martin Millers gin, Kwai Feh lychee liqueur and Champagne to create a Shanghai Fizz.

With discounts on all the Champagnes available, and even the chance to own a bottle of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Jeroboam 1995 presented in a stunning gift box, that had a price tag of £2200 for the night (a saving of £1000), there were orders flying left right and centre as I left Alderley Edge with a fair few favourites stuck in my mind (personal highlights include Dom Perignon, Cattier Glamour Rose, Laurent Perrier Vintage 2002 and Bollinger Special Cuvee).

All the above are available via the Corks Out website, with stores also across the North West.

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Corks Out Champagne & Canapé Tasting

Champagne & Canapé Tasting

Don’t miss the Corks Out Champagne & Canapé tasting, Thursday 12th July, 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Alderley Edge Hotel.

Over 30 Champagnes for you to try from some of the top producers.

Wander around and try some delightful Canapés whilst sipping the famous Ace of Spades, Krug, Dom Perignon or Louis Roederer Cristal, or maybe try out a Champagne Cocktail.

Tickets are fantastic value at only £25 and starting to sell fast.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase your Champagne at very low prices just for one night only.

Purchase in store or online click here