The Tudor House, at the end of Randolph Place, is an anachronism among the Georgian splendour of the new town, but that only adds to its charm. It houses a bar and two restaurants that have earned plaudits for authentic French cuisine.
The posters on the walls and service by French staff make La P’tite Folie unmistakably gallic, and not in any pretentious way. It could have been transplanted whole from one of the fashionable arrondissements.
The building is an assembly of rooms, a large rear bar and eating hall, with mezzanine floor, and two restaurants to the side which together combine bistro with fine dining.
Virginie Brouard, owner of both La P’tite Folie and Le Di-Vin Wine Bar, opened the venue in Randolph Place in 2003 and it has become a regular destination for West End professionals.
I was there for a business lunch so there was little time for relaxation. Speedy service was therefore appreciated.
I chose the two-course menu starting with haggis balls in breadcrumbs with spiced red onion marmalade and whisky cream. Delicious. A main course of roast duck with star anis served in red wine syrup would have graced any evening table.
If you’ve never been, do try it. You won’t be disappointed.