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

Garden Table

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

Canvas Lounge Presents . . . Snow Queen Vodka

Canvas Lounge have joined forces with Drinks Enthusiast to bring you the very best brands each and every month! First up is the luxury spirit of Snow Queen vodka and the opportunity to try out four innovative cocktails as well as the chance to win your very own bottle.

Cocktails will be £5 each, and can be enjoyed in the comfort of Canvas Lounges’ open styled upstairs bar. The Canvas Lounge was established in 2003 as a bar above a gallery. Over the years Canvas has evolved and become one of the most loved and popular bars in Knutsford. With a room for everyone – The Snug, The Gallery and The Study provide a unique experience where ever you choose to sit. The open kitchen, all-weather Roof Terrace and the Secret Garden add to the eclectic mix of space and style all packed into one little eatery & bar. Starting from 7:30 till late, myself and the Canvas Lounge team will be serving delights with the backdrop of the Snow Queen herself.

So come on down this Friday (15th) and experience a night of self-indulgence!

Venue –

Canvas Lounge, 76 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED

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Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

This week I conducted a whisk(e)y training session at Canvas Lounge, Knutsford as part of their spirit training programme, and invited along Chelsea Shoesmith. A local photographer with over 4 years experience, she specialises in weddings and portraits, however she kindly donated some of her time to create some fantastic images of brands including Glenfiddich, Dalmore and Jack Daniels.
With the backdrop of Canvas Lounge, itself a place that also specialises in weddings, shes utilised just about everything she could get her hands on to compliment her shots!

Click here to be taken to Chelsea Shoesmith’s website, where you can view these stunning photos. Enjoy

The Frozen Mop, Mobberley Review

The Frozen Mop, Mobberley

On Monday night, a small family reunion was being taken place in the quiet rural village of Mobberley in Cheshire. The place? The Frozen Mop pub and restaurant which I have heard some very good reviews about, so naturally I was excited to experience! A Vintage Inn owned place, on the outside its strikingly white stoned walls mean you can’t miss the place from a mile away, and with an ample outside area, decking leading to the front door and hanging baskets to give it a true rural feeling, you could feel like you were in a traditional country pub just sat outside! Upon entering, we were sat in a large open planned room with simple wooden square tables dotted around. The room had the use of wooden panels on the walls, tastefully decorated with patterns and hanging canvases that didn’t look out-of-place in a country restaurant.

The bar area

A drinks order was taken (I ordered a pint of Thwaites own Wainwright, a golden ale that had a sweet finish with a citrus aroma on the palate) whilst I looked at their rather good range of food available. On offer were dishes including Lancashire Hotpot, Fish and Chips, Scampi, Vegetable Risotto and Chicken Caesar Salad as well as a grill, sea food, meat and poultry and a sharers section, something to cater for all the family there! I went for the Piri Piri Chargrilled Chicken (£7.95) which came as a butterflied chicken breast with a rather fiery red chilli, tomato, lemon and sweet paprika sauce, grilled tomato, peas and steak cut chips. This was a lovely set out dish with a rather interesting sauce that went well with the chicken. With my meal, I enjoyed a glass of Jake’s Point Zinfandel from Italy (12.5%), with the soft tones of wild berry on the nose and the palate enjoying a soft finish of plums with a slight spice kick at both the start and end (£3.40 175ml). With enough room for desert, I went for the Chocolate Brownie which came hot with drizzled chocolate sauce and a scoop of ice cream placed on top (£4.25). A perfect end to the meal with my sweet tooth making the most of a gorgeous chocolate brownie! Other desserts on offer include Eton Mess, Profiteroles, Treacle Tart and the traditional cheese board.

This was an excellent meal in a truly exceptional setting. The service was friendly and both the food and drinks came out in adequate time. A great selection on the food menu and the range of drinks was ample, and after walking trough the rest of the building, there are plenty of places to enjoy all of this! Roaring fires, comfy sofas and chairs mingle in and around the bar area and slowly mix into the restaurants smooth wooden feel.

Kids are welcome, with their own menu to keep them occupied, and with The Frozen Mop being open from 12-11pm, there’s plenty of time to come along!

You need to give this place a try because I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

Check out The Frozen Mop website here – http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thefrozenmopmobberley/

Thwaites website – http://www.thwaites.co.uk

 

The Lounge, Knutsford Review

The Lounge is Knutsford’s new stylish champagne and cocktail bar located on Princess Street and with its opening night only a few days before, and seeing their video of the refurbishment on YouTube, I popped in to see what all the fuss was about!

With an ambient setting of Italian sofas, and a combination of both small round tables and tall bar seating surrounded by a soft velvet feel, this gave an instant  first impression. Decorations of hand drawn champagne bottles, scatter cushions and buckets of champagne bottles don’t look out-of-place, with plenty of space to mingle with friends and colleagues whilst you sip on champagne from the likes of Laurent Perrier or Veuve Clicquot.

Scanning the back bar, i notice bottles of both Chase and Ciroc vodka, Makers Mark, the Havana rum range and Tanqueray 10 . Looking at their menu, I notice you can buy these spirits by the bottle, and receive 2 pitchers of complimentary mixers! On offer there’s also the usual suspects of classic cocktails as well as some specials to tempt your tastes.

Champagne cocktails include French 75, Bellini and Royale Martini and a drink named Chanel No6 (vodka, Chambord and pineapple topped with Champagne) priced between £6.95 and £7.95. Classic cocktails of Mojito’s, Cosmopolitan, Sours and Lynchburg Lemonades are available, with a Mitch Martini catching my eye (vodka, apple and passion fruit puree) priced between £6.95 and £8.95. Wines are available with 3 offerings in the red, white and rose categories. The red include a Hardys Shiraz and a Chilean Monte Verde Merlot, both at £12.50 a bottle. Whispering Hills Californian White Zinfandel and a Spanish Abadia Tempranillo are highlights of the rose sector, both priced at £13.50 whilst you have a Delle Livino Pinot Grigio at £13.50 and a Don Jacoo Rioja for £15.50 for you white wine lovers. Of course the Champagne is flowing freely with both the Laurent Perrier (£55) and Laurent Perrier Rose (£85) on offer and Veuve Clicquot at £65.

The usual soft drinks, tea and coffee are also available, as will a light food menu which will hopefully be up and running at the start of next week.

With friendly staff and an excellent setting, the likes of Amber Lounge and Knutsford Wine Bar better be looking over their shoulders. I know I’ll definitely be back, that Mitch Martini needs sampling!

Check out The Lounge on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/theloungeknutsford

Take a look at their YouTube video too – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO5DVsMM8xY&list=FLGq5GTUFKlyECHSA0dG7DPQ&index=6