New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day
Celebrate 'le 14 juillet' in style at Le Blaireau in Brockenhurst
Whether you’re strolling through the streets of Paris or sitting outside a restaurant of sun-baked stone in a sleepy French village, sooner or later you’re bound to get caught up in the party atmosphere as the French celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.
The nation as a whole rises up to celebrate the storming of the Bastille and the turning of the French revolution in 1789. But you don’t have to be in France to join the party – in a leafy corner of the New Forest, quirky French bistro Le Blaireau is uncorking the champagne and hosting its own Bastille Day celebrations.
Sitting in the grounds of Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest village of Brockenhurst, Le Blaireau is inviting guests to put on their best Parisian party clothes and come along for an authentically French three-course dinner.
The charming bistro features an all-French wine list alongside classic regional French dishes, and has an interior inspired by Paris street café culture, with globe lights, cobbled streets and even a full-size 2CV parked just beyond the bar.
Head chef Jean-Raymond Dijoux has also devised monthly menus which each celebrate the cuisine of a different region of France, and feature dishes like Nougat de Tours from the Loire Valley, Choucroute Garnie from Alsace, and Boeuf Bourguignon from Burgundy.
On Bastille Day, the menu might include dishes like Crottin du Perigord goats cheese with lardons salad, fillet of seabass with a lemon samphire butter, and apple tart with pear sorbet.
To join the party, book a table at Le Blaireau on July 14, where a three-course dinner with coffee costs £30.95 per person.
And to really make the most of your Bastille Day celebrations, why not leave the car keys at home and spend the night at Careys Manor?
With a sweeping oak staircase, cosy drawing rooms, plush suites and a luxury Thai spa, the historic country hotel is the perfect place to wind down after partying the night away.