Bobèche, in the basement of the Heritage Brasserie (in the old Royal Insurance building), has a Parisian carnival feel – leather chairs, dark velvet trimming, a very impressive metal clad bar, and a clown mural on one wall, all found at the bottom of a staircase off the Terrace.
Dimly illuminated, with very welcoming feel about the place, it is quite captivating on entry.
One evening last week, settling in to one of the Chesterfields, Lady FWO and I perused the drinks on offer – a small but interesting collection of wine – including Bellarmine Riesling from Pemberton, a pinot grigio from Italy, Mr Mick Tempranillo from the Clare and Thorne Clarke Shiraz from the Barossa.
Lady FWO’s eyes lit up at the prospect of Piper-Heidsieck rosé champagne and promptly ordered that – a delicate and delicious example of the style. As well as wine a solid range of beer and cider is available – Fat Yak Pale on tap and Little Creatures Bright and Rogers by the bottle, along with Sam Smith Imperial Stout and Bulmers cider among the other choices. Of course with the Parisian theme you would expect cocktails in abundance and they offer a nice selection, including some by the teapot – and an impressive collection of teapots is ranged behind the bar.
As Lady FWO anticipated her champagne I was drawn to a West Winds Cutlass gin, with a dash of tonic over ice – a refreshing and aromatic drink, with quite a strong hint of coriander on the nose and palate.
As we sipped, a bowl of buttered popcorn was plonked down on our table – a very nice touch I think. Bobèche also turn out a variety of snacks and meals – for example, steak tartare, a charcuterie plate, Croque Monsieur, olives and pretzels and New York cheesecake.
And oysters too…. This is another excellent spot in the extraordinarily imposing collection of bars and restaurants in the stunning redevelopment of these heritage buildings along the Terrace. Bobèche is definitely recommended – get along soon and experience it.