Old Family Favourites with New Friends at Le Pont de la Tour

When I mentioned to Dad that Le Pont de la Tour was having a serious refurb he told me that it was somewhere that we used to go as a family when I was younger and he was working in London. In fact it seems that my love of the D&D restaurants has been set since childhood as we also loved Quaglino’s!
So when Angie asked if I’d like to enjoy a luxurious ladies’ lunch at Le Pont de la Tour, I couldn’t resist the chance!
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Situated right by Tower Bridge, as you might guess from its name, Le Pont de la Tour has an incredible view of one of London’s most famous landmarks. I took the opportunity to have a brisk stroll on a chilly November afternoon along the Thames and take in the view before meeting Angie for a late lunch. 

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As we perused the menu our waiter brought us still warm French bread for us to nibble on…
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As well as two lovely glasses of champagne. Well, when you’re with Angie, you just know there are going to be bubbles and as it was a Friday I wasn’t saying no!
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To start, Angie opted for seared yellow fin tuna with puy lentils and sweet peppers, which was a real treat for the eyes and the tastebuds! Served slightly warm and very rare, it was a perfect starter. 
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There’s something a touch risky about ordering octopus, as it’s so easy to get wrong, but I plumped for the marinated octopus, saffron potatoes and olive starter, which was perfectly cooked. I loved the acidity of the lemon and the flavour of the octopus that came through. 
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Beef tartar is a real French classic and when it’s done well it really is one of my favourites. So I just couldn’t resist! The meat was really beautiful, full of flavour and exceptionally tender; one of the best tartars that I’ve had in London and miles better than Jean Jacques.

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Though the portion was perfectly sized for me, if Andy had been eating, he would definitely have needed a little more food as the portion sizes were generally quite small.

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Even though I had intended to be good (whooops!) I couldn’t resist the temptation of the chunky fries served with my tartar!
Angie managed to be a little healthier than I was when it came to sides and ordered a side of steamed spinach served in a very Instagram-able mini copper pot. 

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Angie opted for the monkfish tail served with baby squid and sweet peppers, another very simple but excellent dish.

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Not only is Le Pont de la Tour a wonderful restaurant, but also has a great wine list (I’m suddenly understanding why Dad liked the restaurant so much!). Angie and I, having polished off our lovely champagne, opted for champagne cocktails for our next round.

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I couldn’t resist the raspberry and limoncello champagne cocktail, I loved all the flavours and especially the presentation. 

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Whereas Angie opted for a strawberry and vanilla cocktail and was very happy that it wasn’t too sweet for her taste.

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I loved the decor of the newly refurbished bar and grill area with it’s comfortable banquettes, leather arm chairs and gorgeous bar. 

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A really stunning restaurant if you ask me. 

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Angie chose the soft meringue and pineapple for dessert, which was okay but not as good as the rest of the meal had been. 
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Whereas I couldn’t (as always) resist the chocolate pot, which I polished off quite happily! A lovely way to end what had been a fantastic meal.

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This classic London restaurant is one that I’ll be going back to time and time again; it’s simple French fare but it’s done so well, and at very reasonable prices, too.

Next time I have my eye on their bottomless brunch

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Not quiiiite ready to go home yet we headed to the Mondrian Hotel for a couple of drinks before finally heading home from lunch at 8pm!

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All in all, it was a perfect Autumn afternoon with one of my favourite bloggers at one of my favourite restaurants: you can’t ask for much more really, can you?

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Our meals were complimentary, but all opinions are my own. 

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