So, for our anniversary lunch last Sunday we had a lovely meal out at Brasserie Blanc in Jericho. It is part of Raymond Blanc’s chain of restaurants which can be found all over the country. This one, in Oxford, is his ‘local’. He was there having his lunch, but we didn’t talk to him. Shame – he probably would have enjoyed a conversation in his native language!
Obviously eating at Brasserie Blanc isn’t in quite the same league as Raymond’s other Oxfordshire offering, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, but it was still really good. There was the option of a Sunday roast for £13.80, plus an additional £2.45 for a starter or dessert. We saw some good-sized portions coming out of the kitchen. One to put on our ‘to eat’ list. This time, we both ordered from the main menu: steak for Nick, rack of lamb for me. Mine came with a side of lovely smooth puy lentils with smoked bacon. We were both happy with our choices. Nick declared himself stuffed afterwards, a rare occurrence. It didn’t stop him from having a triple-chocolate sundae-type thing for dessert though (I had a cherry almond tart).
Sophie was a little star throughout, which may be partially explained by her love of people-watching (it was really busy, lots of people to observe), and partially by the friendly and welcoming staff. They offer carrot puree for babies, but since we declined that, they brought some cucumber sticks instead. Sophie was delighted. She also tried some of my lamb and some of the lovely fresh bread. And some of the paper tablecloth.
The baby-change facilities were really good, as was the highchair (unlike some restaurants, where it takes two Oxford-educated brains to work out which way up the baby should go).
This little family out-and-about in Oxford highly recommends Brasserie Blanc!