Last updated on March 14th, 2020 at 03:57 pm
As it was my partner's birthday we decided to go to Marlborough for the weekend. Both of us enjoy photography and we wanted to photograph the beautiful countryside that surrounds Marlborough, and dinner at Brasserie Gerard.
On Saturday we ventured into the main town for lunch. After strolling the high street we came across Brassiere Gerard which looked, by far, the most interesting eaterie in the area.
For a quick lite lunch, this was ample and the Crevettes are juicy and quite large. A telling point is that my partner finished the entire dish (an unusual occurrence). The onion soup was very rich and tasty, and the Gruyere cheese croutons added a little something extra to the overall flavour. I felt, however, that the Onion soup could have been a little lighter as it was quite rich but nonetheless delicious.
We were impressed with Brasserie Gerard and immediately booked a table for that very same evening to sample more of their menu.
We arrived at approximately 7 pm and the restaurant was beginning to fill up with hungry visitors to Marlborough. We opted for a table downstairs and had a chance to view the Bistro-style contemporary décor. Our waiter for the evening was Guy who was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We ordered drinks and he guided us through the various options the menu had to offer.
Service can make and break a restaurant
It is not just the food and the ambience that make a good restaurant but in our opinion good and friendly service. Unfortunately, in the UK we have not experienced good customer service for some time, however, Brasserie Gerard disproves this clearly by hiring wait staff who actually go that extra mile to make their patrons feel welcome. Guy gave us a couple of recommendations for our main courses. My wife chose the Beef Bourguignon and I opted for the 100% Beef burger.
What did we order at Brasserie Gerard
For our appetisers, we decided to share the Escargot, and Salade d’Aspargus, plus the toasted garlic bread with gruyere cheese. We were certainly not disappointed with the starters – the snails had that perfect and subtle blend of earthiness with the garlic and parsley lending to its overall flavour.
Snails in their shells, please
I generally prefer escargot in the shell to give that authentic feel, and of course the whole fun of eating them! Brasserie Gerard does not serve them this way but directly in the sauce of garlic, butter and parsley. However, as soon as I tasted them I was not disappointed and enjoyed them immensely. My partner loved the ham wrapped Asparagus with the poached egg – delicious!
When it comes to Beef Bourguignon, my wife, who is a dab hand at preparing this dish herself, and thus feels she is somewhat of an authority on the dish was not disappointed with Brasserie Gerard’s offering – the beef according to her was delectably tender and the flavours oozed old world France with the hint of the British countryside.
I found the burger of ample size and deliciousness, though I would counter it was a little dry – however, the dressing of Jalapeno peppers, red onions, and Gruyere cheese made up for this and created a very tasty burger indeed.
Both of us have no doubt in our minds that we would recommend Brasserie Gerard and have plans to return again when we come to complete our assignment
For more information:
99, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HD
Tel: 01672 511 181