Winter portrait shoot at the Belle Epoque Monday, January 12, 2015

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

Winter portrait shoot at the Belle Epoque Monday, January 12, 2015

I recently took part in a really great styled shoot at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. I always enjoy portrait shoots like these as I get to meet and work in a team alongside amazing suppliers and this shoot was no exception – everybody involved in the day was brilliant and I could not recommend them enough. Although it was a very cold day, we braved the chilly winter weather and took some photographs outside before heading in to the warmth of the Belle Epoque. We even had some snow too!

A huge thank you to all the fantastic suppliers who made the day what it was; make up by Maxine Smith, hair by Vicky M, styling by Jan Clarke, dresses from Pearl Bridal, flowers by Laurel Weddings and of course our two models, Jessica and Beth from Boss Model Management, who were absolutely amazing and so great to work with. It was also great to work alongside the brilliant photographer Toni Darcy and film maker Tom Loveridge.

Author Neil Redfern of Neil Redfern Photography

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

A Listed review the Belle Epoque 22/02/15

A Listed review The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

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

A Listed review The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

Manchester Confidential reviews The Belle Epoque

Manchester Confidential reviews The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

Taken from Manchester Confidential, 4th February 2015

“It’s (The Belle Epoque) still probably one of the best five restaurants buildings in the North West with the added benefit that it’s only 25 minutes from the city.  The name says it all, Belle Epoque, built in 1907 the gaff wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter movie.

The food has changed.  Whilst this is not an official review, Gordo is happy to place it on his official ‘Gordo Go’ list. Whilst still in the ownership of the Mooney Family, it appears the kitchen has been cleared out in the last few years by the current owner, Matthew Mooney, re-invigorating the menu.

Service is very good.  The staff know what they are doing and operate with a wry smile on their faces.

Food is serious stuff based on cookbooks from the Belle Epoque era; wild duck, seared cod cheeks, Chateaubriand (with made-in-the-kitchen béarnaise) and wood pigeon.  The vegetarian dishes have been praised. The triple cooked chips are bang on.

This place is the whole deal; yes, they still do the weddings, but if you’re looking for a place for a romantic meal, a family meal, somewhere as an antidote to dirty food, where you can put your glad rags on, then go. It’s an experience. A delightful one”.

Author Gordo.

Manchester Confidential reviews The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

Manchester Confidential reviews The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

Your usual table Mr Beckham?

It’s at this time of the year that I always remember our best Valentine’s Day Lunch.  It was 2001 and we didn’t open for lunch then, but we did this day with it being Valentine’s Day. The whole section of King Street was being resurfaced and not accessible by car.

Then in the middle of service, in walked David and Victoria Beckham.  As usual they were without bodyguards or an entourage, they were just after their “usual table”……….. our Tower table, one of the most romantic tables in Cheshire.  It was wonderful to see peoples’ reaction as it dawned on everybody who they were and how low key they were.  Just another happy couple wanting a

leisurely lunch.  It certainly sent a frisson throughout the restaurant and I’m sure made it a memorable lunch for many couples.

I doubt we will see them this Valentines lunch, although you never know………..

If you would like to book at the Belle Epoque for this Valentine’s day lunch please call 01565 633060, we are serving our famous Champagne Afternoon Tea…………..well we would wouldn’t we?

David & Victoria Beckham

David & Victoria Beckham

CONTACT THE BELLE EPOQUE

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH USING ANY OF THE ADDRESSES BELOW. ALTERNATIVELY, FILL IN THE CONTACT FORM AND WE WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU SHORTLY.

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