Côte Brasserie, Peterborough

On a recent trip to Harrogate, we decided to stop half way for something to eat. We arrived in Peterborough to glorious sunshine and set off for some French cuisine at Côte Brasserie.

Located just minutes from Peterborough Cathedral, which was a truly beautiful building, the brasserie sits on the main square and offers seating both inside and outside – perfect for the summer months, or for watching Christmas events with a hot chocolate in hand during the winter!

Côte Brasserie is a restaurant which oozes traditional French elegance, and Parisian glamour. The décor is typically done in unity across their locations and so you know you will always experience the same quality whichever one you choose to visit.

The menu itself is expansive, and they even have a Coeliac UK accredited gluten free menu too! What I especially loved was that the gluten free menu was almost as long as the “standard” version, and that certainly is incredibly rare. With separate fryers for fries and gluten free bread toasted in toaster bags to ensure there is no cross-contamination, means it is a safe place for those with allergies to visit.

We visited during the week, and there was a great set menu on offer which was just £11.50 for 2 courses! Amazing value, especially considering your surroundings and the food quality.

After much deliberation I selected the crab mayonnaise to start, followed by the moules frites. The crab was absolutely delicious; fresh, light and perfectly complimented by the sourdough that accompanied it. I would definitely recommend this option to start!

When selecting moules I almost love the challenge that comes with them, having to ‘fish’ each mussel from its shell prolongs the experience of dining – even if your fingers do end up a little dirty! Thankfully the restaurant providing a bowl with warm water and lemon in to avoid too much mess.

The dessert selection looked fantastic, and I certainly would have been spoilt for choice, but as this was “just a quick lunch stop” we decided against a third-course. To be honest, we were so full of our starter and main we probably would have struggled to even share a dessert!

Overall, we were really impressed with our experience at Côte Brasserie, and in particular their Peterborough location is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere different to visit for the day or a weekend. A quaint, village like feel made for a very relaxing stop during our journey.

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