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La Boheme – Lymm, Cheshire

“How do they do it? Superbly presented food with a huge choice”

Before I worked in Manchester, the only place I ever went for a special occasion was La Boheme in Lymm. Birthdays, anniversaries, christenings…you name it La Boheme was THE place. French cuisine delivered with a British twist is its game.  In some respects it’s been largely forgotten (by me), so it was with a welcome smile that ‘little sis’ announced that the family would be trooping back to celebrate Mum and Dads 54th Wedding Anniversary.

Mum & Dad, 54 years
Mum & Dad, 54 years

The eight of us waltzed into the old house on a chilly Wednesday night. The place hadn’t changed. The white frontage and fret cut logo was still there. We ventured into the bar and settled down to a pre-dinner drink. I think elegance is the word. Dark wood, sage banquettes, cream coverings matched to a series of Parisian black and white images create a comfortable and safe atmosphere. The odd display of fresh cut flowers adding a further flourish.

Elegance
Elegance

We had a large round table for our party, superb for eight. We each took a large leather bound volume to survey the incredibly extensive menu. I recall Gordon Ramsay in one of his ‘restaurant helping’ programmes advising on a simple menu. “Prepare everything through the day” he preached, so that all that was needed at service time was a quick flash under the grill or a final dunk in boiling water. Chef Olivier Troalen must have eight arms and an ability to levitate to make this menu happen. There are at least twelve starters and twelve mains as well as specials to go at. The place is packed. Each dish has several ingredients and is presented beautifully and consistently.

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12 Starts
12 Starts, 12 mains, 14 desserts!

First up some ‘yellow’ canapés. Carrot and coriander soup was one. Savoury macaroons featured. Great start.

The entourage went for a variety of starters, too numerous to mention here. I had the pink pigeon breast or ‘Supreme De Pigeon A La Tom Pigeon breast pan fried to pink, served with a quenelle of blackberry risotto, aromatic carrot puree & Parmesan croquette, dressed with a robust game jus (Unlikely, but this dish may contain a pellet)’ to give it its full name! The Flame won with an ‘Assiette De Gambas Du Marche’ i.e. Fresh king prawn tails marinated in garlic & chilli, quickly pan fried & presented on a mango, pineapple, papaya, chilli, lime & coriander salsa, served with grilled ciabatta & a shot of king prawn bisque. I managed a slug of prawn with chilli, wonderful. The young nephew munched through frog legs (Les Cuisses De Grenouilles De Provence Crispy frog legs served on an aromatic tomato & chorizo compote, accompanied with a deep fried onion ring, served with a aioli dressing). He proclaimed it a revelation.

Canapés, frogs legs, king prawn starters
Canapés, frogs legs, king prawn starters
Pigeon breast, Monkfish,
Pigeon breast, Monkfish,

Main next, I went lamb again (see Cartford Inn! here).  ‘Carre D’Agneau Du Sud’ (£4.00 extra) Rack of lamb roasted to pink, served with pan fried new potatoes, baby stuffed aubergine & courgette flan flavoured with cheese, lime & thyme, finished with a rosemary jus. Stunning presentation, beautifully cooked. Everything on the plate really worked. Various others went monkfish, fillet steak, all looked rather splendid and all thoroughly enjoyed.

Lamb cutlets, perfect
Lamb cutlets, perfect

Desserts up next, loads of us including the main guests had the bread and butter pudding with rum and raisin ice cream. Others included Tarte Au Citron and Panacotta A’ La Fraise (Creamy vanilla panacotta served with a fresh strawberry & basil soup, garnished with a homemade shortbread biscuit).

Almond tart, strawberry tart, bread and butter pudding
Almond tart, strawberry tart, bread and butter pudding

The three course menu is £28 each, though a couple of the mains add a few quid. I have to say it is difficult to imagine how value can be bettered. To have such a choice of food prepared and serviced as well as this seems to me to be nothing short of a miracle. I’m sure someone has the answers but it’s a real hats off to Head Chef Olivier Troalen and his team. He even does cookery courses on the side. Apparently he hopes to be the “Cantona of cooking”! I think he is there already. Flair, passion and quality. It’s a heady mix.

If you want a night of sheer ‘old school’ elegance get yourself and your loved one down to Lymm and  La Boheme. You’ll not be disappointed.

La Boheme
3 Mill Lane,
Heatley,
Lymm,
Cheshire. WA13 9SD
T: 01925 753657

http://www.laboheme.co.uk

The Church Green – Lymm, Cheshire

I know most Foodies are clamouring to get stuck into Aiden Byrne’s new Manchester Resteraunt ‘Manchester House’. Whilst I’m hearing great things it does appear that you need either a special wallet or know someone that likes you very much to take you there. I will get there one day, but in the meantime you can do no worse that get down to Aiden’s rather more humble abode ‘The Church Green’. It is beautifully positioned, close to the pretty Cheshire village of Lymm and even closer to the equally beautiful Lymm dam.

It’s become a bit of a staple, fall back place to eat for the flame and I. Whenever, we wonder where to go, more often than not, The Church Green pops into our thoughts. It’s a twelve mile scoot for us. We’ve been several times for lunch and a couple of times for a Sunday breakfast. It’s always been excellent. A bit pricier than your average pub, but it is quality.
Following a chance tweet to ‘come and join us for lunch’, we took them up on the offer and ventured down the M6 for another taster.
The fare here is classic British, using local produce where possible. As ever, we enjoyed a warm welcome and was shown to our table in the conservatory. There was no one else in at the time but it quickly filled up.

The flame won the starters, a wonderful pea and ham soup (£7.00) with some more ham hock on a warm Welsh rarebit. It tasted fresh and velvety. A great start.

I ventured into slightly unknown territory for me, Goats Curd and Rigatoni (£7.00), pleasant enough and you got a fair portion, something The Church Green never shy away from, portions are rarely an issue here.

Take the flame’s next course, fish pie (£13.00). You get a whopping dish of creamy mash, layered with tons of fish, oh and you get an egg in there as well! A cracking dish.

I went a bit safe, 5 oz burger (£8.00) but with a smoked, pulled pork topping (extra £4.50), crikey it was good, I could have had a 10 oz, but I think I chose right. The accompanying hand cut chips were fantastic, hot, salty and soft. The flame couldn’t keep her hands off them, so they must have been good!

I once again had a dessert for research purposes. Treacle tart with candied walnut and salted caramel ice cream. A lovely sticky end, though a bit pricey at £7.80.

All in all the bill came to £52 for two. I dare say you could nip round to your local and spend £30, but would every bit of it be as good as this? I doubt it. Never has the old adage you get what you pay for been more appropriate. Once the coffee had settled you cant beat a quick circuit of the dam hand in hand with your beloved (or even the wife!). It’s even worth a nip into the village, there’s a cracking deli (Sextons) and a top butcher (Hopkinson’s) in there if you need to stock up on some goodies.

The Church Green
Higher Lane,
Lymm, WA13 0AP
Phone: 01925 752068

www.aidenbyrne.co.uk