In a town as historic as Shrewsbury, it’s no wonder purveyors of French cuisine, Côte Brasserie have decided to open their doors to the lucky locals of this market town. Located in the heart of the town centre in The Square, this classic restaurant showcases the best of classic French brasserie cuisine with all the favourites you have come to expect from this family of restaurants dotted throughout the United Kingdom. What could be better than relaxing over a glass of delicious French wine and sampling Beef Bourguignon or steak frites while catching up with old friends or the whole family? Not much, in our opinion, so reserve a table at this French delight. You won’t be disappointed.
The team behind Côte Brasserie have a strong commitment to producing impeccable French dishes using only the best quality ingredients from regions around France and the United Kingdom, so as to pay homage to both of their influences. Creating classic brasserie fare is high on the agenda for this much-loved family of restaurants, alongside stellar service and an atmosphere rivalling the bistros in Paris, complete with eye-catching striped awning and chic interior that is synonymous with Côte Brasserie.
For a classic French experience we love starting the affair with prawn gratinée of king prawns in a white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with garlic and parsley croutons or steak tartare with shallots, capers, cornichons, egg yolk and cognac, before moving on to either the Breton fish stew with sea bream, mussels, clams and prawns, roast duck breast with gratin potato and griottine cherry sauce or a perfectly cooked steak to your liking with your choice of French housemade sauce to go with it. Whatever your choice, Côte Brasserie in Shrewsbury is guaranteed to satisfy those French cravings. You’ll find them in The Square in the heart of the Shrewsbury town centre. Bookings are essential.
Back at the Cote Shrewsbury again, and again a very very good lunch, served by the lovely staff. Good choice on menu as always. Nice busy atmosphere.
Excellent welcome by staff on the door. Given a choice of table which is always nice. Thoroughly enjoyed the food also. Good value for money if the food is rather basic.
Outstanding service, staff are willing to take the time to talk to customers and are able to offer help and advice about what is on the menu.
Lovely meal excellent service. Will definitely go again. The young man serving us was brilliant. Have been before for lunch and breakfast. Always the same quality
We arrived on a cold snowy evening and were warmly welcomed and shown to our table nicely away from the entrance door. Our waiter Daniel introduced himself and looked after us admirably throughout our time at Côte. We shared a the Charcuterie Board starter which was very nice. Unfortunately they accidentally brought our main courses out whilst we were eating the starter, but took them back as soon as they realised their error. When we were ready for the main courses they were then brought out. My main course was Tuna Niçoise and was perfectly cooked, however my partner's dish of Steak Frites was only warm. We quickly drew this to the attention of our waiter Daniel who was mortified and immediately took it back to be redone, and said he would also tell the manager as this was unacceptable to their usual high standards. The manager quickly came over and profusely apologised and offered my partner another glass of wine (on the house) whilst he waited for his dish to be recooked. This arrived very promptly and was now perfectly cooked. For dessert we had Chocolate pot and the Banana Crepe, which were both very nice. We then relaxed with coffees and after dinner drinks which were very reasonably priced. When we left the staff once again apologised for the problem with the steak frites and hoped that had not spoilt our evening, It hadn't, we had a lovely time. We know that occasionally things go wrong and it is the way that an establishment deals with an issue that is important. On this occasion the staff dealt with the issue perfectly, and we'd certainly recommend Côte Shrewsbury for the Quality of their food and service. In fact we have always found that despite being a Restaurant Change, the quality is on par with independent, quality restaurants.
Greeting was excellent. Attentive and very welcoming. Seated and made comfortable. Seen by various staff, so we were welcomed by many. Shown various menus and asked if we would like a drink. Our main waiter, was excellent. Enthusiastic & attentive, but not intrusive, or over familiar. Helped with menu choice and wine choice. Super chap with a very genuine personality. Just how we like our waiter to be. Starters were excellent. We’d like to see small amounts of bread on the table as a gesture for starters. Rather than decide it was needed, once the starter had arrived. Main courses were executed to perfection. Pork belly and Fillet steak cooked to perfection as requested. Thank you chefs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their mains. Desserts were good, the orange crepe was delicious, I think presentation could be a little more creative though, so that the ice cream does not completely melt into cream and is a bit more 3D! All in all excellence. Thank you chefs, and in particular to our waiter who made the evening. Obviously someone steering the ship well. For those reasons we were happy to pay the automatically added service charge. However, I would like to hear this mentioned by whoever brings the menus and state that if you are unhappy with it then please feel free to say so. It can be a deal breaker for some. I always happy if it has been earned and worked for. Tonight most definitely.
The staff at Côte Shrewsbury were friendly, courteous and efficient. We had the three course set lunch menu for £13.50. It was delicious and excellent value. Can't wait to visit again. We only visit Shrewsbury about twice a year and would definitely return to Côte Shrewsbury next time.
We ordered the set lunch which turned out to be quite mediocre and not very French in our opinion, which should be valid, as we have travelled extensively in France and eaten in many French restaurants. The starter of langoustine tails was a small portion of fish with a large quantity of gloopy mayonnaise. The chicken walnut salad main course consisted of alot of lettuce and some very dry strips of chicken. The dressing was acceptable, but rather bland in flavour. The choice of desserts was small. We did not see any fresh vegetables being offered on this menu, which made the price look expensive for what we got on our plates, and in comparison to other similar eating places nearby made it a poor deal. In addition, when we spotted that there is a 12.5 % service charge included in the bill we were quite taken aback, as we always leave a tip when eating out, and are generous if the service has been exceptional. But we do not feel that we should have to pay automatically. It did say that this was optional, but when dining within earshot of other people it is not always easy to change this without appearing mean. We were very aware that this is one of a chain of restaurants, where the staff have a 'script' and the eye is very much on marketing, but for us the truly personal touch was missing, and we will be going back to our favourite French style bistro soon where we know we will get seasonal vegetables and a good selection of desserts.
This was my second visit,this time at 8 pm so the restaurant was much busier. Greeted and shown to our table by a very welcoming gentleman. There were three of us in our group we all had main courses and all delicious , lovely and hot too with a few different meals to chose from my last visit.We had a bottle of the house red which was smooth and nice to drink on its own or with the meals. The restaurant did seem a little noisy this time ,and not quite as relaxing as my last visit however it was busy and that can only be a good thing. On bringing the bill the waiter pointed out the optional service charge to us which we didn't pay but left our own tip which we feel much more comfortable with. Look forward to another visit soon.
Note - this trip was an invite back from the manager following an overall negative experience in February. I tried to edit that review to reflect this, but couldn't see how. This second experience of Cote Shrewsbury was a world apart from my family's first visit. Our host (sorry can't remember his name), and waiter for the evening, was friendly, attentive (but not over the top), and helpful - we were treated really well. The food was excellent quality as per the previous experience, although still on the expensive side. It wouldn't be my first-choice restaurant in town, but our return trip certainly made amends for our experience in February. I've given 5/6 because of the obligatory addition of 12.5% service charge to the bill. As others have said, this makes you feel awkward if you'd rather not add this much to your bill.