La Barbe is a French restaurant in Reigate. We went there just before Christmas for their December menu. Outside was snowy and cold and the restaurant filled up as people seemed to be taking the opportunity to come out having been snowed in for a few days. It was nice to come in out of the cold to a friendly welcome and sit down to a meal cooked by someone else.
Andouillette is a type of sausage and not as I imagined a kind of bird!
Smoked salmon filled with roasted salmon, cream cheese and dill mousse with pink peppercorns.
This was very good.
Venison and mushroom casserole with lardons and boiled potatoes
Roasted duck breast served with caramelized pears and orange sauce
No vegetables came with this dish so some had to be ordered extra. I had spinach and plenty of french bread. The bread was excellent, light and with a crisp crust.
Praline flavoured Christmas log
Bûche de Noël is a traditional French dessert served near Christmas. It is a sweet roulade that is usually decorated to look like a log with chocolate buttercream icing. I chose it because of the praline flavouring and it looked stunning. I would have prefered the cake and the buttercream to be lighter.
Overall it was a lovely meal beautifully presented.