belle2 images pictureI did say in my last post ‘ B&B in Manchester and Visit Old Knutsford Town‘ I would get back and let you know how we went on at the Belle Epoque; the cosy table for two, for my wife’s birthday, ended up being a cosy table for fifteen.

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Belle Epoque

Impressive from the moment you approach, step inside and be wowed or wooed . This sumptuously styled restaurant with rooms is both classic and modern, intimate and cosy and opulently romantic.

I was fortunately ‘set up’ for a surprise birthday party; which my husband was responsible for and incidentally pulled of to perfection.

Due to our party numbering 15 plus 1 toddler/high chair, we were restricted to a short menu choice. I understood this and it was not a problem, however, there was a redolent air of disappointment from some of the others. This was short lived after just one spoonful of the oven roasted tomato soup; there were oohs and aahs placing it in a hierarchy of starter choice, everyone that ordered it tried to make the others feel envy but oh no; not those that ordered the chicken liver and foie gras pate, it was truly sublime served with exquisite chutney and lightly toasted brioche, worth a trip back for that alone. Most of the party plumbed for the roast lamb ‘Sunday joint’ AND WITHOUT EXCEPTION the best roast dinner ever (and my mother’s is hard to beat). One or two more roasties was the consensus.

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Opulence

Having said that, I chose to skip dessert initially; until a cacophony of drools over the ‘straight-to- the -pleasure -point ‘ rose above table and an attentive waiter brought me mine….Divine.

The service was both friendly and confident deserving the excellent long lasting reputation they have retained for over 30 years.

Best birthday ever and not even a major one..

Dee Casey  Cornerstones