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The UK’s best French restaurants, as chosen by Stylist's favourite French chefs


Experience the best Gallic fare without even leaving the UK, as chosen by some of Stylist’s favourite French chefs. Bon appétit!

Frenchie, Covent Garden

Henrietta Street, London, WC2E; frenchiecoventgarden.com

Recommended by: Amandine Chaignot, executive chef at The Rosewood London

“The atmosphere is amazing, the food is incredibly good and the staff are really professional and friendly. I love the asparagus and parmesan foam or the foie gras.”

Chez Bruce, Wandsworth

Bellevue Road London, SW17; chezbruce.co.uk

Recommended by: Emily Roux, junior partner at Chez Roux

“I’ve been eating here for over 15 years and it never fails to impress. The food is consistently delicious and beautifully seasoned, and it’s great value for money. Look out for the homemade bread and parmesan sablés – completely moreish. My all-time favourite dessert is the warm chocolate fondant with praline parfait.”

Aspargus with parmesan at Frenchie: miam-miam (that’s yum yum in French FYI)

Aspargus with parmesan at Frenchie: miam-miam (that’s yum yum in French FYI)

Koffmann’s, Knightsbridge

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London, SW1X; the-berkeley.co.uk

Recommended by: Hélène Darroze, chef at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

“Koffmann’s features expertly executed classic French cuisine with good ingredients that are very well prepared. The pig trotters are a signature dish, and not to be missed. Follow with the pistachio soufflé for dessert. It’s specially prepared and takes 15 minutes, but is worth the wait.”

La Cloche at The Carpenter’s Arms, Berkshire

Upper Village Road, Sunninghill, SL5; laclochepub.com

Recommended by: Stéphane Pacoud, head chef at Bellamy’s

“The chef, Laurent Malnuit, gained a Michelin star while working in Sweden and his menu follows the seasons. I particularly like the starters: snails in garlic butter, king prawns in pesto, or gravadlax. In summer, I order the steak tartare, and in winter, the cheese fondue.”

L’Ortolan, Reading

Church Lane, Shinfield, RG2 lortolan.com

Recommended by: Régis Beauregard, head pastry chef at Balthazar

“Not only is the setting charming but the food is incredible. Head chef Tom Clarke has meticulously crafted a menu which pairs unusual ingredients to create astonishing flavours. The menu changes seasonally but I can honestly recommend it all – from Cornish lobster flavoured with raspberries, orange and charcoal to the mushroom and mascarpone parfait with traces of coffee, chocolate and madeira.”

Main image: Koffmann’s, Knightsbridge
Photography: Issy Croker


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