Boasting a bar, intimate conservatory and expansive beer garden, this Ashton Lane institution serves 60 world beers and a menu of mussels, fondue and burgers.
While others along the cobbles have changed names and faces over the past two decades, Brel has earned its place as an Ashton Lane institution. The intimate conservatory extension is a dedicated dining space, adorned with fairy lights and trailing pot plants. The moules et frîtes long associated with Brel are joined on the menu by burgers, sharing platters and a wide range of seafood. Dishes are cooked with a careful touch: the goat's cheese bonbons are wrapped in a delicate coating, the rack of ribs are beautifully tender and the seafood paella pairs wholesome barley with crispy skinned sea trout. The bar serves over 60 world beers, listed by country and including guest bottles and options for sharing. There is also a dedicated gin and tonic menu offering the perfect serve for Scottish gins and among the usual suspects are less mainstream varieties such as Arbikie.
- High point: Leading the fondue revolution
- Low point: Too much onion in the slaw
- Notable dish: Brel's seafood 'paella' with pearl barley, pan-fried sea trout, mussels, squid & saffron
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: DJs Fri/Sat
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1996
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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