Experience a rustic taste of Europe in your own back yard courtesy of La Poule Au Pot and their dreamy decor.
When it comes to the world’s most romantic destinations, Paris is the city that traditionally tops the list. Sure, the garlic can be a little overpowering at times and we haven’t quite wrapped our heads around snails being considered a delicacy, but what this city does offer is a true snapshot of romance from days gone by. [Photo: @summerillandbishop]
Now, what if we told you you needn’t queue up for the Eurostar at St. Pancras in order to experience the passion of Paris – or even Provence for that matter? Sounds too good to be true, right? Luckily for you, Belgravia’s own La Poule Au Pot is here to curb your continental cravings.
A hidden gem in the heart of Belgravia, this quaint French establishment is guaranteed to bring out your inner romantic. Transporting you back to an era of candlelit dinners and roaring open fires, you can’t help but fall a little in love with this cosy corner of London.
Described as an “authentic re-creation of ‘Paysan’ France”, the spot has changed little since the 60s. With its exposed brick walls buried beneath large wicker baskets and countless festoons of dried flowers, it almost feels as though a French farmer could appear at any moment, armed with a pitchfork, and demand you leave him and his rural farmhouse in peace. Sorry Pierre, it’s not happening.
And it’s not just the decor that’s dreamy. La Poule Au Pot’s authentic cuisine is some of the most Instagrammable around. Serving up traditional dishes like Les 9 escargot (9 snails) and La soupe à l’oignon, gratinée (onion soup), this is the place to come if you’re after an authentic taste of France from the comfort of the capital.
Doused with garlic, the seafood on offer is simply to die for. From their famous La soupe de poisson (fish soup) and Les coquilles (cockels) to steaming bowls of mouthwatering moule, this place is sure to make you see-food and eat it.
This London spot is so perfect in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to tell whether this next image is a photograph or an early twentieth-century oil painting. Verdict?
Location: 231 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 8UT. Nearest station: Sloane Square. Find it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: seven days a week, midday – 11pm
More information: visit their website.