September seemed to go in a flash. One minute we were perfecting our champagne sorbet and the next we were turning the heating on in the restaurant. We had a great September with lots of guests returning, some from afar and lots of new guests who we were delighted to welcome. We attended our first award ceremony of the season and enjoyed more press coverage in both Devon Life and Crumbs Magazine.
Autumn is my absolute favourite season, the colours, the smell of woodsmoke in the air, the crunch of frost on the ground and of course the seasonal ingredients available. The lighter, more refined summery dishes make way for some rib-sticking, flavour packed classics so by the time December comes we'll be ensuring every guest is warmed from the inside out.
First, October... It's our first outing for our Crispy Pork with Apple, Fennel and Cider to herald the start of Autumn. With Apple day looming on the 21st of October this dish is a delicious nod to the season. The recipe will be in The Devon Cookbook, available just before Christmas ... more on that soon !
Skate makes a welcome return to the menu, served in a classic black butter with plump capers. Also on the fish menu this month, classic Coquilles Saint Jacques, juicy scallops, mixed with a delicious creamy béchamel with mushrooms, wine and a few spices...
If you're a vegetarian then we have roasted tomato orzo with a fines herbes oil, spiked with chervil, basil, tarragon and oregano. We'll be changing the cheeseboard this month and introducing Delice de Bourgogne a creamy cows milk cheese from Burgundy.
Here's the menu .....
To Book For October email HERE
By November, the clocks will have gone back the temperature will have dropped and those long cozy nights will be upon us. With that comes our deliciously warming menu of Navarin of Lamb, slow cooked for 24 hours in a whole bottle of white wine, Bouillinade, a comforting fish and potato bake, makes its debut and for dessert the legendary French classic îles Flottant ( floating islands) You'll also notice the first of the baked cheese dishes makes an appearance this month... there will be more to come in the first two weeks in December.
To book for November email here
Please note the restaurant is shut for a exclusive event on the 4th November
For more information on hiring La Petite Bouchée for a private function email here
We've got the next award ceremony on October 9th where we are up for Best Bistro in the Food and Drink Devon Awards. We've got some very stiff competition in this category and don't expect to win the much coveted prize. We were judged earlier in the year by a mystery judge who turned out to be none other that Noel Corston from Noel Corston in Woolacombe. There were 65 other entries so to get to the final three after just a couple of months open is a true honour and simply incredible to us.
The C Word !
We will have two menus in December one for the 1st, 8th and 15th and one for the 16th and 22nd. The 22nd is now fully booked and there are 4 covers left for the Christmas menu on 16th.
Join us at the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards in November ?
We'd like to thank everyone who came in September, we've had some excellent feedback and more nominations for awards. The next one is The Devon Life Food and Drink Awards and we're up for Best Newcomer.. To celebrate we're giving away a ticket to attend the awards ceremony with us. All you need to do to enter the prize draw is to EMAIL HERE giving at least three ingredients for the classic French Cocktail The French 75 !