The Frog & British Library

Price guide: Mid-range

114 avenue de France, Paris, 75013

Price guide: Mid-range

The Frog & British Library © Zygonyx

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#59 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Singles, Sporty types, Live entertainment, Relaxation

Expert review of The Frog & British Library

Brit pub meets French brasserie with pub grub and homebrews.

I don't normally particularly go for British/expat pubs, but this manages a clever entente cordiale of French brasserie and British pub and is the best place to eat in the newly developing university and business district around the new national library, drawing a mixed French and Anglophone crowd – you never quite know quite which language you should be speaking here.

Food and drink: 

Decent pub grub spans the globe and includes a creamy chicken korma curry, salmon bagel, burgers, steak, goat's cheese salad and snacks such as nachos. It also really is a brasserie in the old French sense of the term: six own beers brewed on the premises include Inseine bitter and refreshing summer Maison Blanche.

Ambience: 

An airy neo-pub setting on the ground floor of a modern office block — exposed air ducts, copper brewing tanks, wood floor, chesterfield sofas – with pub ents that include sports on TV, bands on Thursday nights and Gary the magician on Wednesdays. It's also a good place before or after the cinema – the MK2 multiplex is almost next door.

Service: 

Casually T-shirted and bilingual though not always the speediest.

Location: 

Corner spot in the fast evolving Seine Rive Gauche development zone around the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand.

Price advice: 

Around 15 euros a main course; weekday lunch menu is also 15 euros.

Other useful branches: 

The original Frog & Rosbif (116 rue St-Denis) north of Les Halles and the Frog & Princess (9 rue Princesse) in St-Germain; see website for other addresses.

More information on The Frog & British Library:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Brasserie, Pub
Food:
British, Burgers, French, International, Snacks
Address:
114 avenue de France, Paris, 75013
Telephone:
01 45 84 34 26
Website:
http://www.frogpubs.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7.30am-2am, Sat & Sun noon-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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