The Avenue, Bridport is a new restaurant in the ever growing collection of fine eating establishments in Bridport. It is in a well restored town house, which has all the old features but with a contemporary twist. It specialises in modern English food, using locally sourced seasonal produce and first viewing of the menu you can tell. The starters ranged from French Styled fish soup, smoked duck breast, pan fried pigeon breasts and grilled goat’s cheese on beetroot.
We were very warmly welcomed and shown past full rooms of diners downstairs, to the upstairs bar. Drinks were ordered and menus received. There was a good main course selection, sirloin steaks, lamb, monkfish, bass in mushroom sauce, stuffed chicken breasts, pork belly and bouillabaisse. Drinks arrived along with homemade bread and dish of red pepper & parmesan rouille. Bread was excellent and the rouille went well with crusty bread and my G&T! The wine list was easy to select, The Avenue is supplied by The Dorset Wine Company and we plumped for a good hearty Portuguese red, Terra d’Alter.
Looked like I was the only one going for starters as I’m a sucker for fish soups and enjoy tasting how different each restaurants prepares the soup, the others shared a bowl of olives.
The soup arrived with more of the crusty bread and more of the red pepper rouille. The soup was heavily tomato based with a subtle flavour of fish & shellfish. I would have enjoyed it even more with a glass of wine, but we hadn’t been asked for our wine order, which was the only annoyance and I suspect can be down to the restaurants newness.
There was a little wait between starters and main courses, but when they arrived it was all great looking food. My wife had ordered the stuffed chicken breast with new potatoes, which was succulent and great flavour. My son had roast rump of lamb with petit pois a la francaise, not totally modern or English, but tender well cooked lamb with peas in a well seasoned creamy sauce. Gemma (Bristol Foodie) really enjoyed her bowl of monkfish, scallops, mussels, samphire & new potatoes. There was a generous portion of each ingredient and the monkish wasn’t overcooked like it can be. I had slow cooked pork belly with chorizo & haricot bean stew (cassoulet), this was a big bowl of succulent pork and smoky full flavour chorizo stew, my sort of food.
We didn’t have room for any of the tempting desserts, instead just settled for a good malt and to listen to the music emanating from the Ropemakers opposite! The Avenue is a great new restaurant in Bridport and one I’m sure will be a popular spot once the word gets around!!
33 West Street
t: 01308 456686
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