I have never actually been to France (although it’s on my list).
But entering Fleur De Lis, it is as though (I imagine) you have just stepped off an idyllic street nestled somewhere in a traditional French town rather than North Bar Within in Beverley – as lovely as that is.
And it may have opened last year but I was yet to give the French boutique restaurant a try.
So my partner and I headed there on a Thursday evening to try it out.
It is located in the shadow of the town’s historic North Bar. With fairy lights in the window and tables and chairs either side, we stepped through its doors, into the bar area and up a raised level where we waited to be seated.
There was a few other parties in – one sat outside making the most of the evening sunshine, I imagine, and a couple of slightly larger parties dining indoors.
We were led towards the back of the restaurant, making our way past a line of immaculately presented tables to a private corner with walls adorned with pretty pictures.
Delving straight into the menu, it listed everything you would imagine a French restaurant to have, and included escargots (snails in garlic butter on a bed of salad and French bread) and Cuisse de grenouille (sautéed frog legs, white wine and garlic butter).
I ordered from the set menu. This includes a starter and a main dish for £16.95 (served everyday excluding Friday and Saturday evenings) which I thought was good value. They also offer a cheaper lunch menu if you are dining during the day.
Mousse de canard was my choice of starter (duck pate, lightly toasted brioche, red onion and marmalade and cognac jelly served with salad) followed by Boeuf bourguignon (slow cooked beef, chanteray carrots, chestnut mushrooms, smoked bacon in burgundy wine sauce) for my main.
Both of these would have been my original choice regardless of the set menu option but it saved me about £6.
My partner ordered off the standard menu and chose the Tourte de lapin (rabbit pie, braised legs and seared loin of rabbit served on a burgundy red wine sauce and wild mushrooms) for £7.95 and the Souris d’ agneau (slow cooked lamb shank with redcurrant, red wine and rosemary glaze with seasonable vegetables) for £15.95.
The waiter took our drinks order (lemonade for me and a bottle of Peroni for my partner) and was equally as keen to take our food order. This was so he could get our order into the kitchen before taking a food order for a table of five, as he explained, and meant we did not face a longer wait for our meals.
There was only the one waiter serving on this particular evening, but we didn’t have to wait long for drinks or food and found the service to be fairly prompt.
There was plenty of delicious duck pate on my starter, which was well presented, and the rabbit pie was especially tasty – and just the right amount for a starter.
We both had dauphinoise potatoes with our mains. The slow-cooked beef in my dish was so tender it “melted in your mouth”, as my partner put it when he tried my dish.
Plus, the burgundy wine sauce was delicious.
My partner’s dish came with plenty of vegetables and the lamb was as good as it looked.
Our bill totalled £50.95. A little more than I would normally pay for a mid-week meal out but definitely worth it for the food and ambience.
I would definitely return for a “date night” or a special occasion and the set menu is brilliant value.
What you need to know
- Where: 28 North Bar Within, Beverley
- Call: 01482 880472
- Visit: www.fleurdelisbeverley.co.uk
- Accessibility: Good
- Vegetarian: Options available
- Parking: On-street parking or car parks nearby