Heathcote relaunched this eatery as a less formal sister restaurant to his famous Longridge restaurant in 2011. Since then, the Longridge has sadly closed - and the brasserie now remains as the only place to experience the chef’s signature style; classic French technique applied to British ingredients.
Heathcote was a key player in the British food renaissance of the early 90s, winning two Michelin stars at The Longridge with a menu that paraded then unfashionable British ingredients like black pudding. As the restaurant’s website asserts, ‘Heathcotes Brasserie is a living timeline of Paul’s successes.’
He may not be at the pass all day long but the hallmarks of a Heathcote restaurant remain intact. The service is polished without being overbearingly so; the ambience is homely but feels worthy of a special occasion.
The food is also quintessentially Heathcote. In fact, the menu reads like a greatest hits collection of his celebrated dishes. Favourites include the Goosnargh chicken salad, black pudding Scotch egg and his legendary bread and butter pudding.
Other strings to the restaurant’s bow include a fantastic cocktail bar, cookery courses – which can be booked via the website – and a packed calendar of food and wine events. All of which underline Heathcote’s commitment to the cause.