The architecture of The Bluecoat is impressive, it has an imposing grandeur which is immediately striking. The Bistro is reached by a wooden staircase, flanked by a wall filled with colourful prints which create an air of cheery style.
The Bistro space is bright and airy, with a long bar area, windows overlooking the courtyard and tables adorned with freshly cut flowers.
I opted for a classic starter of fried calamari with lemon mayo and chorizo oil, which was served in a generous portion. The light, golden batter was delicately seasoned and the zesty lemon mayo perfectly complemented the succulent calamari.
I sipped a glass of white wine as I watched the world go by outside; the team frequently came over to chat and they were so friendly and attentive. For the main course, I was undecided between delectable options such as linguine of butternut squash, risotto of smoked haddock and soft shell crab burger with spicy mayo and sweet potato fries. It was a sunny afternoon, so I decided on a light dish to reflect the weather, the frittata of summer greens with yoghurt and mint. The frittata was springy and tasty, served with a tempting array of green vegetables including tenderstem broccoli and asparagus, while the mint yoghurt added refreshing flavour which offset the frittata well.
I did not have quite enough room left for dessert, but I was sorry to miss out on such delights as individual raspberry trifle, caramelised apple tart and British cheese plate. Next time I will definitely be sampling the desserts!
What do you all think, do you like the sound of a Bistro within an art gallery and which of the dishes would you like to try? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.
Until next time,