Bistrot Verite is a Brittany-influenced bistro with a penchant for fish. Brassy flavours meet seaside standards at this Gallic enclave in the heart of Merseyside’s tourist belt.
Marc Verite, son of a patisserie owner, has been cooking here with his wife since 2009 following stints in Belgium. The menu changes regularly but supper could include French onion soup and seabass fillet with wild mushrooms and Southport shrimps. Goosnargh duck breast glazed in local honey and seared Isle of Mull scallops with boudin noir are other typical combinations. Cherry amaretto crepes, homemade pistachio ice cream and melting chocolate and orange pudding are perfectly pulled off while the cheeseboards come in three sizes: small, large or ‘all’.
Wine wise, the mostly French list is joined by occasion bottles from New Zealand or Italy. As in France, rose offers good value.
The decor includes candles and cosy banquette seating.
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- Great wine
- Good for seafood
- Great outdoor spot