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        Don't Take Our Word For It 

 

It's always lovely to receive feedback from our customers. Here are a selection of reviews both from Devon and London. They're taken from our Trip Advisor, Facebook, Google and Open Table reviews. 

 

 

I cannot fault this wonderful little restaurant. We went here for an evening meal with friends and had a lovely evening. The staff are so friendly, warm, welcoming and accommodating, something that is missing from many restaurants today. Nothing was too much trouble and you were made to feel relaxed and looked after from the moment you walked through the door. It is a small restaurant with about 20 covers and you have to pre order your food, but that just means you know the produce has been properly sourced and prepared properly with love and passion. The food was a feast to the eye and the taste buds. Two of us are non meat eaters and that was not a problem, there is always a non meat option on the menu. I started with a roast onion and garlic tart with balsamic glaze - a rustic stunner, followed by the best gazpacho I have ever had, fresh and full of flavour. My main was a pepper stuffed with roasted veg and white beans, cooked to perfection and served with French fries and the most beautiful salad. I chose the cheese board for desert, but the strawberry tart looked amazing. This is a great place to go with friends. I want to say it is simple, rustic food, done exceptionally well, but that doesn’t sound as though it does it justice, but to me, you can’t do much better than the best produce, prepared well and served simply with love and this is what happens here. If you get a chance, go, but you have to book.

 

 

James H, Rackenford

 

 

 

 

You may think, hang on a second, there's a restaurant, and it's kind of in a house, in a tiny village in Devon... what on earth? However, it's true and it's a real find. You'll get the warmest welcome known to man or woman and spectacularly good French food. A far cry from most other local venues to be honest and it left me wanting to come back over and over (sadly I live far away which is a real shame!). Do go if you're local or indeed visiting nearby, and try the moules if they are on offer they are delicious. Booking is essential as it's only small.

Rosie A, Winchester

 

 

I had been wanting to visit La Petite Bouchée since being n the area last year ( it was fully booked then) and finally got us booked in for a Saturday night. We were not disappointed, from arriving at the he candle lit pathway through to the warm welcome. The food was pre ordered via text / e mail that week, this is how the Resturant works so that there is fresh local food ready for you. The food and wine was amazing, and superb value for money. This place is a hidden gem in Devon. Book up to a month in advance and it will be worth the wait.

 

 

Ian C, Surrey

 

 

 

It never fails to confuse my senses when I eat in L.P.B. - here we are living in rural Devon, yet it feels as though we're in a little French Brasserie, or some chic eatery in a major city, all tucked down a quiet alley and provided with such informal, yet attentive charm and a good portion of humour too. Dare I say it, but the steak frites I had at La Petite Bouchee the other night were better than any I have eaten in France, locally produced and cooked to perfection it reminded me of my first taste of 'proper' steak, from a bull calf hand reared by my mother eons ago, until now nothing has come close to tasting as good! Even my request for a dairy free meal doesn't phase A-C, in fact she seizes the challenge and delivers us with amazing food every time.

 

Claire H, Witheridge 

 

 

 

 

Great food- the Sole was particularly delicious! Great atmosphere and lovely, friendly staff. I would highly recommend and we will definitely be returning soon!

Katherine M, Exeter 

 

 

 

 

La petite bouchée is a unique dining experience that was so much needed in Devon. This is " only" our 3 rd visit to this exceptional restaurant so professionally run by Anita Claire, amazing chef/owner, Lindsey and Nigel at the front. The menu will be changing every month, and you need to preorder, so check the website for regular updates. I have never tasted food that excellent before, nor looking forward to going to restaurant like this before. This is just a gem , but not waiting to be discovered anymore as it is, not surprisingly getting booked up very quickly. No wonder. The superb little touches also make a massive difference, there are no table numbers, but everyone remembers your name, and a drink came after our dessert as Anita and Lindsey remembered it was our wedding anniversary. Where else, would you find, phenomenal food cooked by a passionate chef, amazing service and personal touches like this place? Dont waste any time looking elsewhere.I just wish i could be going every week. A true asset to the local area.If I could score a 6/5 for la petite bouchée, then i would do it. Can't wait to go back.

 

 

Stephan T, Ilfracombe

 

 

 

 

 

A small bistro specialising in French food, we had a smashing 4 course meal (if you count the amuse bouche as a course!) for a very reasonable £20 per head.

Tucked away off the village square, you need to book and order ahead. The food is cooked fresh, and everything we had was delicious. At another table we could see a family of three tucking into huge bowlfuls of mussels with great gusto; our main courses of chicken and lemon sole were similarly beautifully cooked and presented. I particularly enjoyed the Provençal Potatoes, which were a real taste of what I think of as genuine French cooking. When I mentioned this to Anna-Claire, the chef, she told me it had been her 'mama's' recipe, and she kindly offered to email it to me, if I wished.

As well as the food, we also very much enjoyed the ambience - every seat was taken, and the room was certainly cosy, but for me this just added to the atmosphere. Service was friendly, prompt, and efficient - it felt personal without being overbearing.


There was one tiny issue - not raised by me, but by another customer, in quite a rude way. She was dealt with with extreme professionalism, the matter was courteously and swiftly resolved; as I also happened to have ordered the same dish at about the same time, they then discretely and kindly checked that my own meal was ok, and all problems were sorted without even breaking stride.

I'd definitely go again. I rather hope the braying lady from the BBC (or whichever other 'meedja' organisation she worked for) doesn't. At least not on the same evening as me.

Poppy M , Puddington

Fantastic meal and lovely people and very friendly Roy and I had our 50th wedding anniversary meal with our daughter and son-in-law a great place to be 

Pat H, Black Dog

 

 

Saw this on Hidden Restaurants and was delighted to see that it was near where I was staying on holiday. Booked via the website and excitement mounted. On arrival, it was easy to see where the restaurant was with the van outside and wonderful candlelit path to the door. Felt like I was dropping round to friends for dinner as the welcome was warm.

Good choice of wine and the menu had been chosen before hand so there was time to talk and take in the surroundings. The food lived up to expectations and more....I have not got the words to describe except to say that we will be making special trips to Devon specifically to eat here.

Love.y to meet the Chef at the end and have since found out that she knows a friend of mine (small world!).

I am following on Twitter and Facebook as I love to see the menus and pictures....already planning my next trip

 

Rachel T, Devon

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful experience!


Delightful intimate restaurant, lovely people, great service and delicious food - who could ask for more? It's a difficult choice but my personal highlights were the flavours of the remoulade and gazpacho.We will be back again very soon with more guests!Thank you La Petite Bouchée :)

 

Lizzie R,  Bridgewater

 

 

 

 

Wonderful welcome, gorgeous food and very generous portions. We will be back.

 

Pamela S

 

 

 

Wonderful dining experience, food amazing and lovely friendly atmosphere ....we will be back

 

Julie T

 

Visited La Petite Bouchee for the first time last night! The food was amazing & we loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I am vegetarian and my meal was beautiful, so often the veggies amongst us are forgotten at restaurants but not here! We also took our 5yr old daughter who was treated brilliantly! She loved the experience & the food! 
We will definitely return & cannot recommend highly enough!

 

Abbi B, Devon

 

 

 

Mouthwatering food, wonderful staff and we’ve booked to go back next month with friends. Thank you for a lovely evening

 

Victoria S, Devon

 

 

 

 

Claire and I feel so lucky to now have two superb places to eat in the village, both of which cater for dairy-free diets. It seems really odd that while we have a place in Brittany, we'd probably have to drive for at least half an hour each way to find somewhere reasonable to eat (forget trying to get them to understand dietary requirements over there), while here in the UK a couple of minutes wander allows us to sample such brilliant fare.

My meal started with lovely Moules Mariniere, followed by an excellent amuses bouches of an unidentified origin (chillies, tomatoes, etc?) and then the main course of fabulous monkfish. This was chased up with a gorgeous 'made specially for us' raspberry sorbet together with a wide variety of strawberries (including a previously unsampled pineapple variety!) and various other exotica.

I don't remember exactly what Claire had for starters or mains (the latter was some kind of cassoulet), but it all looked wonderful - she was very happy with everything and can't wait to go back.

All in all, it was a wonderful meal - although we knew several people there, there were a few others we'd not seen before. Clearly, La Petite Bouchée is helping put Witheridge on the map, which can only be good for everyone here!

 

Patrick and Claire H, Witheridge

 

Truly a most amazing experience if you have never tried French cuisine. The food tasted divine and was beautifully presented, the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly and my husband has now developed a liking for pastis! As we live in Witheridge, it's fantastic having a French Bistro on your doorstep - not too far to stagger home after sampling the wonderful French wines- and we will definitely go back! Thanks to Anita et al for a fabulous evening!

Carol B, Witheridge

 

 

After many months of drooling over their Facebook page we finally made it for dinner. Hidden in the village square you cannot miss this little gem as it's location is proudly depicted by the vintage Citroen van outside - beautifully lit up with fairy lights and the essential french red and white chequered table cloth. Inside the dining area is just like a bistro in the backstreets of rural France and the food - well what can I say? Incroyable! Each course was beautifully presented and tasted amazing although I feel my husband wished he had chosen the Fruits de Mer as his eyes bulged as it went passed! Maybe next time..... Do not miss this little piece of France in Devon.

Jackie G, Devon

 

 

I've been following Anita-Clare's progress some some years starting I think with twitter, when she had a dreadful problem with a broken arm - since healed. I was unable to make it to the pop up restaurant in a London park so when we planned to visit Devon some months ago I decided that we should make the effort and book a table. At the time I didn't realise how big Devon was or how long it takes to get anywhere through the little lanes but I have to say the effort was well worth it. 
I didn't have a street address but put the postcode in to the satnav and headed off. We aimed for the centre of the village and it was very easy to find, especially with the little French picnic vehicle parked outside the front. 
Although there is no official parking we had no trouble parking on the street. We took a look in the French vehicle, cutely decorated in French country style, how lovely! Then we followed the pretty line of lanterns round the side to the restaurant. The French country style continues inside with lots of red and white gingham, pretty flowers etc. 
We had chosen our meals beforehand, I had the lamb and puy lentils as a main, my husband had the seafood, all beautifully presented and well cooked. Our starters and desserts were also delicious. 
We had our 4 year old granddaughter with us and Anita-Clare did her some really tasty organic sausages, mash and gravy, thanks so much! 
My husband also enjoyed the beer and wine options (I don't drink alcohol). 
At the end of our meal we got to finally meet Anita-Clare and had a lovely chat. 
All in all, a very enjoyable evening. I recommend it.

Birgit J, Ludlow 

 

 

 

Nice walk in down a nice candlelit passage and friendly welcome with bread and water already provided on the table. This is a small intimate restaurant and although we know Witheridge well we were surprised that a place like this should pop up in such a small village.

We had already pre-ordered from an emailed menu about a week in advance - this is a pre-requisite of dining at La Petite Bouchee but wasn't a problem for us. The owner Anita answering any questions we had well in advance and accommodating childrens suggestions easily. 

For starters we had a pate, piperade and whitebait for the adults, All were good the piperade having a nice chilli kick to it too. Extra bread was requested and provided without fuss.

The kids had a whitebait and a smoked salmon plate both of which they enjoyed.

For mains we had the vege crepe cake which was lovely, lamb with lentils again really good but the highlight was my fruit de mare. Huge dish of oysters, prawns, mussels, clams and they had even thrown in some crab claws (gratis) as had some come in off the boat that day....had the usual shallot vinegar and mayo accompaniments. The kids had a huge chicken breast each of high quality and between the 5 of us we also had a monster plate of frites and a fantastic mixed salad with an amazing homemade dressing (more on that in a bit) 

Puddings were crème caramels and a well explained cheeseboard followed by coffees. 

During coffees and chat the lovely chef came out to chat to diners and was totally unobtrusive...happy to chat to those that wanted to and not to those that were content as they were. She kindly gave me the recipe for the dressing on the salad too as I was interested - a nice touch! 

Cash wise we thought this was good value, £30 an adult for 3 courses + drinks on top. We had beer, an excellent bottle of wine and soft drinks for the kids - overall bill £120...bargain! 

Would recommend this place over many other more established pubs etc in the area. Will definitely return next time we are in the area.

Nigel T, London

 

 

 

We get the menu well in advance - on line - and book early. Funny you think? - not really as then we then know exactly what we want and it is prepared and cooked for us in advance and so served without delay - if we didn't like that menu then we would not go that time - hasn't happened so far. We had seven years of holidays in France and love their food - plus many day trips across to B and C. You get four courses for £30 - each to his own but I think that is good value. (Now don't put the prices up, Anita-Clair) If you don't want wine then there are bottled drinks or, of course, water. The staff are amiable and chat - should you want to - and are certainly more amicable than in your average French restaurant. The main thing is that I love the food - as does my wife.

 

Brian and Eileen B

 

 

After following La Petite Bouchee on Facebook, twitter & Instagram since they won 'Time Out' for the best restaurant in Sydenham London a few years ago I was so excited to find out that Anita-Clare and Caroline Field were to be opening up a supper club in the dining room of their beautiful home in Witheridge just down the road to where my parents lived!!! Not having much chance to be able to visit due to living in France the one thing I was determined to do when I visited my parents in July earlier this year was to book a table at La Petite Bouchee and try out the French cuisine they have won awards for. I only wish I lived closer so I could keep going back because it is a real Gem. The people of Witheridge are very lucky to have La Petite Bouchee on their doorstep!! From walking down the candlelit path to the restaurant and being shown to our table to finishing our delicious meal, every detail is thought out with love and care!! All the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced and you are looked after and made to feel so comfortable and relaxed!! All our menu choices were chosen beforehand so all that was needed to be done was choose some drinks and relax!!!! I chose the steak and have to say it was cooked to perfection, melt in the mouth and ever so tasty with a delicious peppercorn sauce to accompany!!!! It was a fabulous evening from start to finish and so lovely to meet the chef and have a chat. It's very clear to see the love and hard work that goes into creating such a fabulous place!!!! Thank you for such an amazing meal. From start to finish I loved it all!!! I definitely will be back next time I'm visiting my parents!!!! 

 

Hannah N, France

 

 

 

 

 

I live in the village and feel very lucky to have this restaurant on my doorstep. We went with friends and all 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal. We certainly went away feeling extremely full! As it is a small restaurant and there is no other sitting, there is no pressure to vacate the table, and as you have already chosen your meal, there is no wasted time choosing. Just plenty of time to socialise and savour the wonderful food. Go ahead, try it. You won't regret it.

 

Andrea C , Witheridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had heard about this restaurant from my local radio station and loved the unique concept and particularly the French cuisine. The website was teasingly tempting and very easy to book a table directly. 

Choosing your food beforehand has many benefits and for me, being able to ponder the menu at my leisure and make a considered choice (than a pressured last minute plumping for something) was brilliant. 

I had no idea what to expect but was super excited as we pulled into the square to see Demelza in all her glory, adorned with twinkly lights. The bijou restaurant was welcoming and friendly with a lovely jolly atmosphere from diners already enjoying their evening.

It seemed only fitting to start with a Kir Royale to wet my whistle, which really set the tone, but I could see that there was a great selection wine and drinks to accompany the dinner itself. 

I lived in Jersey for 20 years, visiting France on an almost monthly basis and therefore have quite a discerning palate where French food is concerned. The food at La Petite Bouchée is genuine French cuisine and will make your heart very glad indeed. It is prepared with love and passion and as cliche as it may sound, I could have closed my eyes and been fooled into thinking I was at L'Aventure on the ramparts in Dinan. 

It is fantastic value for money at £30 per head, and I love that the menu changes each month, giving true variety for regular customers and taking advantage of seasonal produce. I have booked to go every month up until the end of the year and would book beyond that if it weren't for the fear of a restraining order. 

I have no hesitation in recommending this incredible dining experience to anyone (and indeed regularly extol the virtues to anyone and everyone who will listen) so I simply cannot understand the previous reviewer's negativity. Truly a thorn in a pile of roses which makes me instantly question the credibility and motive. 

You will not be disappointed!

Helen D, Tiverton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I have recently had an incredible meal at La Petite Bouchee. We were lucky to get a table at fairly short notice as they are getting booked up months in advance. 

Our starters of rich pork rillettes and delicate smoked salmon pâté were delicious and came with tasty, home-made, pickled vegetables. The main courses have to be seen to be believed. The short-rib carbonnade, marinated for twenty-four hours in Exeter-brewed, Black Tor ale was spoon-yieldingly soft with an intense, slightly sweet flavour, and served with 'aligot', a silky, garlicky, cheesy, comforting mash. As for the moules, well... for a start there was a KILO of them served in a proper moules pot, and they had been cooked in a boozy seafood bisque which I slurped up in greedy spoonfuls. All of this was accompanied by generous bowls of crisp frites and a fresh, herby salad, and washed down with wine sourced from small, French family vineyards.

Dessert was a beautiful Tarte Aux Myrtilles and the cheeseboard included an unexpected treat of macerated cherries.

The setting, the friendly, generous hosts, the incredible food - this restaurant is London's loss but Devon's gain. We will definitely be back - fingers crossed that we can get a table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicky  W, Exeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The food from this small restaurant is amazing. The menu choices are very good and the attention to detail is outstanding along with the presentation of the food. The drinks list is extensive with some of the nicest French wines available coupled with local ciders and beers and soft drinks. 

From the moment you walk into the restaurant from the beautifully lit path and the illuminated original LPB in the form of a 46 year citron camper parked at the front of the house, the restaurant presents itself as a warm, cosy and inviting place to enjoy amazing , mouth watering delights. 

All the staff are very friendly and welcoming and the Chef, Anita-Clare comes out and meets all who are dinning. A lovely personal touch. The food was delicious, the flavours amazing. Very french with a twist of Anita-Clare's own uniqueness. 

A very charming restaurant to enjoy amazing culinary delights and /or that special evening. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment so If you fancy beautiful french food with a very personal touch book your table sooner rather than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma K, South London

 

 

 

was so looking forward to visiting Anita-Clare and her team down at La Petite Bouchée having followed her progress from the famous little blue Citroen Van in Crystal Palace to the new restaurant in her home. Well Friday 13th was going to be that day. I had decided that as it is a little journey from Essex to Devon that I would combine the trip with a long weekend away for myself and my Mum. We arrived in Witheridge hoping the satnav would get us to our destination but no need to panic. As soon as you turn into the square there infront of you is the welcoming sight of the LPB Citroen resplendent in all its glory guiding you like a beacon to the entrance. Now on to the food. Fantastic, superb, amazing. I have read about the numerous awards LPB has received and now having tasted the food I can see why. I am no food critic but I know what I like and I liked this food. Lovely clean, fresh flavours not so overseasoned that it disguises what you are actually eating. I love the fact you choose your courses in advance thus reducing the waste factor at the restaurant. All I can say is if you are in the area or within a 300 mile drive it is certainly worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.

 

Carole F, Essex

 

 

La Petite Bouchee... Amazing. We parked in the 'square' to be greeted by the gorgeous lit up Citroen van. To the side of the house were fairy lights lighting the path to La Petite Bouchee restaurant. On arrival we were greeted by Lindsey who was very welcoming and so helpful. We'd already ordered of course because you have to do this a few days prior to arrival- this is such a great idea, I love the fact that La Petite Bouchee are trying to minimalize waste. 

We had Scallops and Charcuterie Platter for starters- some little nibbles in between starters & main course (which were delicious!) Then the main course came... Wow! It was delicious. We had Belly Pork- cooked to perfection. Crackling to die for. Chips, dauphinoise potatoes, veggies, our plates were full! And so were our stomachs!!! Dessert was also fab! 

As you can probably tell, we could not fault this place. The food was incredible. Home cooked. Hot. Everything you could ask for. The price was just right for the quality that you are getting. 

The Award Winning Chef came out to meet us- very nice touch. She's lovely- seems so relaxed. I hope you win many more awards- well deserved.

Well done La Petite Bouchee- you really are a credit to this small village. We look forward to coming again.

 

Charlotte V, Witheridge

 

 

 

 

 

Living in Witheridge I am ashamed to say this was the first time we booked. We had my parents over for the evening and they wanted to treat us to a meal out so we decided to book La Petite Bouchee - being virtually on our doorstep we could have a glass or two and stagger home!
What a superb evening - relaxed, informal, intimate and the food was outstanding. I love the way that you order your menu a few days before, which obviously minimises 
waste but also means that you can focus on the wine list and each other!!
The french onion soup was to die for, lamb Navarin main dish just fell apart and the vegetable/salad dishes to accompany were spot on including a gorgeous bowl of french fries to share. Generous cheese board and beautiful Iles Flottantes desert. Good wine/beverage list with something for our differing tastes and throughout the meal we were very well looked after by the lovely Lindsey.
Award winning chef Anita-Clare came out at the end of service to chat with the diners which I thought was lovely. My other half was a bit apprehensive as he is not fond of "French food" (eye roll) but he has been won over and is looking forward to our next visit! Definitely worth booking this fab little brasserie, either for a special occasion or a just a good evening out!

 

Helen A, Witheridge

 

 

 

 

A delicious dinner was served to us at La Petite Bouchée. On arrival in the Village Square you are led to the restaurant by a beautiful trail of candles and fairy lights. On entering, a warm welcome from the Maitre D, lovely Christmas decorations and candles, very cosy. As we had pre ordered are food all we had to do was order drinks , and we both had a delicious cocktail, I cant remember the name, but it was Champagne, Gome, Gin and lemon, v good, beware quite strong! 
Starters were smoked chicken or fish soup and we both enjoyed it, followed by a fantastic Tartiflette, mine was served with two french sausages, we both had sour kraut, salad and pommels frites. tartiflette is the taste of the French Alps, Haut Savoie to be exact, and probably doesn’t need to be served with chips as we were full! Then my great favourite Creme Brûlée to finish. A great night with v good service, cosy setting and delicious food.

Edward  M, Witheridge 

 

 

 

We had such a lovely evening on Saturday. The food was second to none and we felt very welcome here.
We are local and it was our first visit here, it will not be our last as this is a wonderful place to eat.
We will come back as often as we can.
Thank you to all the staff

Janice G, Witheridge

 

 

 

 

Absolutely excellent - food as good as in the best Parisian neighbourhood bistro.

La Petite Bouchee is relocating to Mid Devon imminently. The West Country's gain is sadly South East London's great loss. This was a superb dinner with a variety of decent wines and outstanding food. We wish LPB good fortune in the future.

James S

 

 

 

As always, a great location for Anita's culinary skills. Beautiful room with great atmosphere, and nice to be in view of the kitchen. I had the whitebait which were great - big and flavoursome, followed by an outstanding coq au vin. All in all a top night with friends.

David F

 

 

 

Delicious food, lovely hospitality, in the fabulous surroundings of Sydenham Wells Park! Highly recommended, it was a superbly fun and tasty experience.

 

Salina G

 

 

We had a totally amazing night! The van was adorable, the Fruits de Mer was the best we've ever eaten (enormous oysters and unbelievably good lobster) and chefs were absolute superstars! It was up there in the top 5 meals of my life! Anita - you can stand proudly alongside Angela Hartnett and Gordon Ramsey, my dear :-) Huge thanks and big round of applause from us all.

 

Eleanor T

 

 

A lovely evening at La Petite Bouchée. Delicious food and wine. Very much looking forward to our next visit to Sydenham Wells Park. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

 

Charles E

 

Been twice and a wonderful way to have a very different type of evening. Great food, very reasonably priced and quite bizarre in the best possible way!

 

Roger M

 

 

We went for brunch on Sunday, and actually this was our second experience at La Petite Bouchee as we came for moules frites earlier in the year. As before, we had a brilliant time! The food (Jason had croque Madame and I had an omlette, followed by our body-weight in pastries and gorgeous home-made jam) was absolutely brilliant and Anita-Clare's hospitality is wonderful! We have booked to go back again soon and I can't recommend it highly enough; try her Bloody Mary's if you go for brunch, they're superb! Thanks for another great meal :)

 

Emma Hopkinson

 

 

Been twice now to the cutest and most imaginative restaurant venue in London. Chef Anita's cooking is trumped only by her joyous and generous personality.  On both occasions the food was top quality, but undoubtedly the langoustines were the best I've ever had. The wines were excellent and more-than-reasonably priced. 

 

Daphne H

 

 

Was treated to an evening in this gorgeous Citroen Van in Wells Park last night. I have to say, I LOVED IT. Anita is so enthusiastic and passionate about her food. She clearly cares deeply about tasty, quality food. Every aspect of this evening was perfect, even the weather held out for us! The Prosecco was creamy and perfectly chilled, but the Fruits de Mer were superb. I'd never had whelks or winkles before so was very excited to try them. Langoustines, oysters, mussels and lobster are among my most favourite foods and these were of the highest quality! The lobster was sweet and meaty, the mussels plump, langoustines were massive and the oysters still tasting of the sea they were plucked from. Anita's mayo is utterly delicious (we were dipping our bread in it, we couldn't get enough) and her shallot vinegar for the oysters, was very tasty.

 

I'm not sure what was better, the perfectly converted little van, the genius of positioning it in the park, the wonderful Anita or the food. So they all get 12 out of 10 & I can't wait to go back :-)

 

Emma H

 

La Petite Bouchée was a fantastic spot for Sunday Brunch. Its location in Sydenham Park and the wonderfully appointed van are perfect for a slow Sunday morning, Anita is a great host and the food was perfect - the Eggs Royale Benedict were absolutely delicicious. I would, without a doubt, go again!

 

Nick J

 

 

We booked La Petite Bouchée as a special treat for a chum who was visiting from out of town and we weren't disappointed. We ordered the eggs Royal and omelette, which were both delicious, topped up with orange juice, coffee and fizz. Though we were stuffed to the gills, some super tasty pastries followed that we couldn't resist. This a unique experience and is really good value - though I needed a bit of lie down afterwards because I was so full...

 

Sarah M 

 

"The mussels were a-maz-ing, such great quality and I have to say.

It was one of my favourite meals, in quite some time." 

Zoelee Spencer

"Stunned, flabbergasted and amazed.

I have just had the best moules of my life out of the back of a van in Sydenham"

Simon Davis

"Delicious mussels and wine, and fabulous company too.

Sydenham Wells Park is a beautiful setting"

Ying Hu

There's nothing quite like La Petite Bouchée in itself, but Anita-Clare Field also creates dishes with such depth and interest in flavour that you ALWAYS want more - and she makes sure ALL her ingredients are from the best places, so you know that everything is sustainably sourced. Anita lives, breathes and loves flavours so she makes the best food, and serves it in the most original place.

 

Karen J

 

 

Classy, funky & retro, with amazing food, in a beautiful setting.

 

Laura M

 

 

Intimate Cooking with real passion, flair and personality.

 

Anthony L 

 

 

Amazing concept run by people truly dedicated to providing exceptional food in a unique environment.

 

Emma N

 

Anita is the most welcoming hostess. Despite the chilly air outside the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The food was absolutely delicious and we left with full bellies. What made it even more unusual was the setting - how cool to be in the park after dark.

 

Susie W

 

Quite simply, LPB is the most enchanting dining experience i've had for many a year. Stunning food, extraordinary service and a setting that is unlike any other. Worthy of any award - regional, national, international.

 

Ross M 

 

What a find! Amazing people and the best Mussels you will have ever tasted!

 

Dan H 

 

Unique and fabulous experience. The food is totally lush!

 

Rachel D

 

 

Can't beat specially made to order food cooked in front of you, while sitting in a lovely sunny park!

 

Elizabeth V

 

 

 

A unique experience with amazing food. I had a magical birthday brunch in February looking out onto a snow sprinkled park from the warmth of the van. Fabulous hosts!

 

Catherine F

 

 

Amazing food, quaint and quirky venue, and friendly people make every visit such a pleasure. We have taken many friends, sometimes apprehensive at first, but every single one having a great time and wanting to book their next visit.

 

Luke T

 

A beautiful setting, an imaginative presentation and lovely food! Love it!

 

Ellinor M

 

La Petite Bouchée is a completely unique bistro dining experience - fabulous atmosphere, spirit and amazing culinary delights all packed into this charming little HY!

 

Cory C

 

 

The cutest of venues, stunning food (especially the fruits-de-mer platters) and fabulous service from two ladies who are super-passionate about French food, all served up in the back of their tiny Citroen van!

 

Eleanor T

 

 

This is like no other restaurant in London, I promise you that! Inspired by George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, La Petite Bouchée is set within a four seater Citroen HY Van which was bought and modified by amazing chef and food blogger Anita-Clare Field (Lover of Creating Flavour) and her wife to seat 4 guests comfortably for food in the back.

This unique little pop-up (it pops up in the park almost every weekend and on special occasions) serves a selection of french influenced classics, from moules frites, cassoulets, fruit de mer and beautiful hearty casseroles to fondue, raclette and french inspired brunch.

My friend and I had pre-ordered our food (brunch!) and while we waited for that to be ready we were served “posh” cafetière coffee, fresh juice and the Sunday morning newspapers.

We were joined in the van by a lovely couple who were celebrating an anniversary, and we toasted to them with some gorgeous bubbly as our food arrived: mine, a stunning eggs Royale and my friend Henny a super cheesy Croque Monsieur. Both were decadent and while mine had the most perfect runny eggs, Henny declared that her Croque Monsieur had the best cheese sauce in the world! If that’s not reason enough to visit this little pop-up for brunch, then I don’t know what is.

Anita makes all the food fresh right outside of the van on a trestle table with gas hob - rain or shine! She hosts special themed nights including Moules nights, special dinners for occasions such as valentines day (if you want something exciting and unique for your other half this V-Day, look no further!) as well as private events and special occasions. There is so much love that has been put into this adorable pop up you won't be able to help but leave the park with a huge smile on your face, a happy belly and a desire to go out and renovate an old van!

 

Georgie T

"Anita-Clare and team worked so hard to put such a wonderful evening together for us. 
The croque en bouche was stunning not to mention completely delicious. 
So many lovely little touches, way beyond the call of duty but absolutely characteristic of this gem of a place. No hesitation in recommending La Petite Bouchée to anyone considering a private party"

 

Mark Edmonds November 2018

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