Bistrot Pierre's Middlesbrough Media Event*

10 Oct 2017

Image provided by Bistrot Pierre
One thing I love about living in Middlesbrough is the ever-changing food and shopping scene. It seems like there's a new shopping quarter being opened, a new business hitting the town or a new restaurant opening every week. Over the past few months, there have been works going on behind huge boards on Albert Road, just a short walk from my house, and I was so excited to see what was going on behind them. Finally, last week, I got to see just what was hiding behind those boards and I was so pleased that it was a brand new restaurant! I was even more excited when I was invited along to sample some food - you all know how much I love food - so I absolutely had to say yes!

Now, when I first got a glimpse of what Bistrot Pierre looked like, I thought 'oh gosh, this place is going to be too posh for me. It's going to have tiny portions and extortionate prices,' but I was completely wrong.

This is the 21st Bistrot Pierre in the country and it continues to carry the ethics of the company - traditional, rustic food at an affordable price. You can expect to find seasonal menus and gorgeous decor that puts you at total ease. Seriously, look at the photo below. It's like something off Pinterest! There are classics like steak-frites, boeuf bourguignon and crème brûlée, but also French regional favourites like tarte flambée, confit de canard and pâté de campagne, so there is something for everyone!

But surely, with this amazing food and gorgeous atmosphere comes a heavy price point? Absolutely not! There are a variety of different menus at this restaurant - for example, the early evening set menu is £14.95 for two course (yes I know, how crazy is that?) and they even have a six course meal option that is £22.95. I couldn't get my head around how something that is such amazing quality can be so affordable, but I was 100% on board with it! It's the perfect place for any occasion and I just can't wait to go back. I may already be planning a birthday tea there... but anyway, enough waffling, let me show you what we got up to!
Image provided by Bistrot Pierre
I arrived quite early to the event. In fact, I was the first one there, but that gave me plenty of time to get a good feel for the place and to explore a little bit. The first thing I felt when I walked in was a sense of warmth, not just from the beautiful lighting that they have but from the staff. Everyone was smiling and really happy to talk to me. I didn't feel like I was in the way because I was early, but actually welcome. I admired every part of the decor, especially the feature wall of photo frames. I'm kind of a sucker for old-style advertisement artwork, so all of these bits and bobs in their mismatched frames massively appealed to me.

Soon, more bloggers started to arrive and we were each given a drink and then shown to our table. There were three set up for us all, completely decked out in gorgeous glassware, jugs of water, carafes of wine (although we were the drivers table, so soft drinks for us!) and cutlery. They really had gone to so much effort and the effect was brilliant!
Our first course arrived which was a sharing appetiser platter holding mini chorizos, olives, a red pepper and anchovy tapenade, houmous, gherkins, pieces of brie and bread. Me being the wally I am thought that this was the starter and ate a fair amount of bread, then realised that there was still a starter to come. Oops! I loved practically everything on the platters though, aside from the olives and gherkins. The tapenade was dreamy and so flavoursome, and the brie had gone lovely and soft in the slight warmth of the room.

The crowning glory of the whole platter, though, was the chorizo that had been smothered in honey. Oh my goodness, I could've had a whole plate of those little sausage-y bites and been utterly content. After we'd had a sample of everything on the platter, we moved on to the starter.
For my starter, I ordered the baked goats cheese with toasted walnuts, marinated beetroot, chicory, watercress and a grain mustard dressing. There was so much to choose from on the starter menu that I was torn between several, but I bloomin' love cheese, so I had to go for this guy and it was as delicious as I had imagined. I'm not even a fan of walnuts and I ate them all because they were so so good.

Of course, the cheese was slightly crumbly, but ridiculously creamy and delicious, and it worked so well with the chicory and watercress. I'm not a fan of beetroot, so the slices did get left behind, but they added such a beautiful pop of colour to the dish!

As well as this dish, there was soup, mussels, raviloi and a whole host of other options, so if you're a fussy eater, don't fret! There's something for everyone.
We then moved on to the main courses, which I really struggled with picking. There was a dish for a different type of meat, then a fish one and a veggie option, so again, there was a heck of a lot of choice. I was torn between the steak, the duck, the veggie ricotta and spinach rolls, and the pork, but in the end, it was the slow-cooked marinated medallions of pork with a honey mustard glaze, Morteau sausage, caramelised apples and Dijon mustard beurre blanc that I went for.

While I absolutely loved my dish, Katie ordered the boeuf bourguignon which looked absolutely divine, so I had a tiny bit of food envy, but mine was still fantastic. The pork was cooked to perfection and retained some of it's juiciness, which worked perfectly with the caramelised apples. The Morteau sausage was also stunning and tasted great with one of the crispy potatoes that was served alongside. There was also broccoli, carrots and cauliflower, so you certainly get your money's worth!

By this point, I was feeling stuffed, but how on Earth could I say no to dessert? You guys know that I have a raging sweet tooth, so a dessert menu was put into my hands.
Now, I know I've said that I struggled to pick every dish, but dessert was most difficult by far. I wanted absolutely everything that they were offering, but in the end, it was the classic crème brûlée that I chose. There's not much that can beat the satisfying crack of the caramel on top and the creamy inside of a crème brûlée. It was beyond scrumptious and definitely something that I'd have again next time I'm in the restaurant.

Because I struggled to choose what I wanted, I decided to take pictures of some other desserts so that next time I visit, I know what I'd like to try next. Below, you can see Clare's baked pear and raspberry frangipane with vanilla crème fraîche and toasted pistachios, which I had a taste of and fell head over heels in love with. I absolutely love baked pear, so to taste it in a frangipane was quite special!
Laura ordered the tarte au citron with raspberry sorbet after expressing how much she loves lemon-flavoured things. How gorgeous does it look? From the outside, it looks as though it was super smooth and creamy, but really zesty because of it's colour. It's certainly something I'd love to try out.
All of us were about ready for a nap after all of the food we had just eaten, so we headed back home with a smile on our faces and full bellies. We'd all had such a great experience, and not only was the food out of this world, but the staff were amazing. There was one lady in particular who was serving our table and she was just brilliant. She even went to serve other people to give us more time to decide on what we'd like to eat! If that's not good service, then I don't know what is.

I really can't wait for my next trip to Bistrot Pierre and I hope it's not too far into the future! A big thank you goes out to the restaurant for having us all and I'm really looking forward to see how popular they become in Middlesbrough.

This meal was provided by Bistrot Pierre in exchange for a blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. This restaurant looks amazing, I'm so with you on the Pinterest vibes it's giving. The food looks delicious as well, like I'm actually drooling just looking at the photos (which are brilliant might I add). I wish I lived closer because I really want dinner at Bistro Pierre tonight. Would it be weird to drive 5 hours just for some good food?

    Raise The Waves

    1. Oh, thank you, Mel! That means a lot! You'll have to check out where your nearest branch is because it definitely is worth checking out x