French Fare

Bellanger – Traditional French restaurant inspired by the original Alsatian brasseries of Paris – glossy, grand cafe-style surroundings. Was greeted by the maitre’d who has a cockapoo, sat next to a couple who was so excited we were sitting there and fussed over Darcy the whole time, and others walked past and patted Darcy. They even had Bellanger dog biscuits. And we met another cockapoo Ziggy sitting outside. 9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH

Bibendum Oyster Bar – Elegant, airy French seafood bistro with art deco tiled mosaics, for oysters, seafood and champagne. Many memories of this place – very convenient for after shopping at Conran’s. Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD

Cocotte – A welcoming rustic chicken rotisserie restaurant based in Notting Hill serving French, spit-roasted chicken, sides & more, to stay or go.  95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW

Colbert – Inspired by the great boulevard cafes of Paris, Colbert serves a French cafe menu in trio of rooms with art nouveau, art deco and Victorian features. Dogs are only allowed in the bar dining area and there’s also outside seating. One time we were there, one of the Princesses was there, saw Darcy and said, “Hello doggy.” 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX

Cuisine de la bar by Poilane – Serves toasted, open-face sandwiches using classy Poilane bread in chic space. Too bad Peter Jones does not allow dogs in or we would be there often and then stop for lunch at Poilane. Such a perfect combo. 39 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB

La Colombier – French brasserie serving classic cuisine, with year-round covered terrace – therefore even though dogs are only allowed “outside” it is well sheltered and heated during the winter. 145 Dovehouse St, London SW3 6LB

Le Gavroche – I’ve dined at this granddaddy of London’s dining scene but I did not know it was dog-friendly. They do not have policies against dog but they warned that because it is such a small space, the dogs have to be “small.” I reassured them that my dog will sit under the table. It might have to be George the next time we go. Let’s find a reason to celebrate. 43 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7QR

L’Escargot – Set in the heart of London Soho, situated near great theatres, L’Escargot is classic French fine dining. Located in a converted townhouse with artworks by Miro, Warhol and Picasso. Amazingly dog-welcoming! The maitre’d walked my pooches to our table and off rose served water. 48 Greek St, London W1D 4EF

Medlar – Exceptional high-end, modern French food with global influences using seasonal ingredients served in an understated dining room. They started off being dog-friendly but after some complaints from clients, they have become more discreet. Dogs are still very welcome at off-peak hours.
438 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LJ

Montparnasse Cafe – Great little French cafe, snug, quiet spot with marble-topped tables, only a stones throw from the bustling main streets. Fab to stop for croissants, sandwiches and coffees after a walk in nearby Kensington Gardens. 22 Thackeray St, Kensington, London W8 5ET

Oree – bringing a taste of the boulangeries and patisseries of rural France to London, Orée offers freshly baked viennoiserie, artisan bread and fine patisserie, alongside a selection of breakfast dishes, salads and coffees, to eat-in, or takeaway. 277 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NY

Soif – which means “thirst” in French is a rustic-chic restaurant in Clapham serving daily limited menus of modern French fare, and of course a long list of mainly French wines. Lovely walk across the Common with pooch to lunch – not bad. 27 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG