THE BELLE ÉPOQUE: THE REVIEW
The grandiose Belle Époque Hotel and Restaurant has been on my to-do-list for quite some time. It’s opulence and reputation for great food has had me tinkering with the idea of planning an impromptu pit-stop to Knutsford, Cheshire – I’m pleased to say, it finally happened over the weekend!
Since it was the other half’s birthday, I was counting on this being a somewhat ‘special’ evening. The Belle Époque is a seriously beautiful building – I adore a place with a bit of history behind it. Built in 1907 the interior boasts Art Nouveau fireplaces and the Mediterranean Roof Garden – outside there’s a cosy sitting area lit up with open fire lamps – all very romantic.
Inside it’s surprisingly small and intimate. I really despise restaurants that feel like your in a school canteen. You know the type, waiters flurrying about aimlessly, clanging of plates, music too loud – must I go on? The Belle Époque was absolutely the opposite. We were greeted by wonderful staff and the starters, main and dessert all came out in quick succession.
Now the important bit, the food! I started with Leek and Potato, Truffle, Duck Egg – absolutely divine!
We were also given the choice of three different types of bread rolls and enjoyed a parsnip mousse. My main was quite honestly exquisite. Usually with fish dishes the usual run of the mill ‘salmon, pollock, sea bass’ come to mind, right? I was glad there was finally an offering of something a little bit different. I tried Pan Fried Skate Wing with Caper Butter and Confit Potatoes. I should warn you these are big portions, the skate wing fish was cooked to perfection – really juicy and meaty.
Then on to dessert, Rhubarb Cannelloni custard and gingerbread – I have a sweet tooth and this really hit the spot! And what do ya know, it even matched my nails!
Overall, I left Belle Époque an incredibly satisfied customer – this restaurant really exceeded my expectations. At the moment they are running a brilliant offer for 50% off your meal and by anyone’s estimation it’s an absolute bargain. This is 5* food and the hospitable staff are an added bonus – what a fabulous evening, another visit is definitely on the cards!
To book a table please visit www.thebelleepoque.com
A Listed review The Belle Epoque, Knutsford