The Frog & British Library

Address: 114 avenue de France, Paris, 75013, France
Telephone: 01 45 84 34 26

- Mid-range

4.3

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
4
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4
90%

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.

 

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation

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