Anthony’s Bistro is located within Nuneaton town centre, I am told that this building has always housed a café and as a result it is a small, quirky space which is booked up well in advance. I have eaten at Anthony’s Bistro on multiple occasions and always receive a warm welcome. It is evident that this is a family run business and that all who work there share the same enthusiasm. We were offered our table, drinks order taken and presented with the menu, I was pleased to note that this highlights the fact that they use local suppliers, with meat supplied by Crowhill Butchers, CH Rowley & Jim Connolly and fruit and vegetables supplied by Nuneaton Fruit & Veg.
To whet our appetite we were served with houmous with pitta breads and carrot sticks, I must admit at this point I was slightly disappointed, on previous visits we have received a much more impressive amuse bouche such as a savoury cream tea; cheese scones served with chilli jam and cream cheese and I did wonder if this was perhaps a reflection of a reduction in quality. However as soon as our starters arrived my fears were alleviated as the food reflected the usual high standards expected.
To start I chose smoked salmon pate served with pickled cucumber and melba toast. The pate was strongly flavoured with dill and the richness of this was complemented well by the pickled cucumber. M chose the seafood crepe au gratin, this was a huge crepe stuffed full of prawns and scallops and topped with enough cheese to induce a heart attack!
For my main course I went for my usual choice; fillet steak, as a previous vegetarian at one point it was unthinkable that I would ever order a steak, however Anthony’s Bistro is one of the reasons I was converted! The meat is always cooked perfectly to guarantee a tender steak with a chargrilled edge. Steaks are served with chips, tomatoes, mushrooms and a choice of sauce or butter, I opted for the garlic and thyme butter.
M chose the pork belly with black pudding and sausage meat stuffing, this was served with savoy cabbage and a cider gravy. The crackling on the pork was the perfect combination of being both crispy and chewy. This was also served with Anthony’s usual side dishes of dauphinoise potatoes, red cabbage, carrots and baby corn.
Unfortunately we didn’t have room to indulge in a dessert however the menu was very tempting!
Anthony’s Bistro have hit on the perfect combination to guarantee satisfied customers; large portions of high quality food for a reasonable price. 2 courses are charged at £27.50 and 3 courses £32.50 with a supplement of £4.00 for the fillet steak.
The popularity of the Bistro is evident judging by the long waiting list to book a table – my visits are often only due to spotting a cancellation on their Facebook page! This is why I am looking forward to also sampling dishes from their new street food venture, strEAT chefs in Nuneaton town centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
48A Queens Road
Tel: 024 7637 4141
Written by local food blogger Renah for Love Nuneaton. Visit Renah’s blog Bagels and Broomsticks at bagelsandbroomsticks.com.