The Bia Bistrot is the most recent instantiation of a local (to us) resto. We’d enjoyed means there over the years when it was the Bistrot des Arts and the Olive Branch Bistro. Sadly, the owners of the Olive Branch had to close because of illness and the Bia Bistrot opened earlier in 2010. We’d meant to try it for a while and finally went there in early November 2010.
My starter was heritage potato and truffle terrine – which attracted me because of the promise of truffle. It was there but tasted as if the truffle oil had simply been wafted over the tatties. It ended up as (too) cold, mashed tatties. Disappointing but the other starters were great – Anne had potted crab and Ali had the special – hare terrine. I didn’t chose well.
However, the main course was a great improvement. Pigeon breast, cooked rare with celeriac puree and, unusually, a game pie rather than some other form of carb. Really very nice. The fish pie and slow roast belly pork that others had were also very good.
Wine was French – unusually a Cotes de Gascogne wine made with Columbard and Ugni Blanc grapes. Went well with everything.
We were too full for desserts – ended with coffees. Just over £30 each including coffees and G & T’s to start.
Visited November 2010