Food and drink
Wikipedia describes a bistro as “a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting”. Francs fits the bill perfectly. There’s nothing pretentious about the menu: moules, Toulouse sausage, pan-fried chicken, potato rostis, steak hache, beef bourgignon, belly pork with a red wine jus. It’s simple French food done really well.
I’m a fan of Francs for an early dinner or boozy lunch: that Parisian buzz and clatter of cutlery could drown out the romance of intimate conversations of a Saturday night.
A friendly welcome is followed by an immediate jug of water on the table, chased by attentive and speedy table service. I hate to be asked too many times if my meal is ok, but these guys get it just right.
Down a side-street in the city centre.
Extremely good value. The early bird menu (between 5pm and 6.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and all day Monday) represents fantastic value for money with two courses and a glass of wine for £10. The £7.95 two-course lunch menu is a bargain and on Wednesdays if you buy a large glass of wine it will be topped up all night for free. Main courses average at £12.
- Mature travellers