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“Technical skill over-complicates taste”
Review of La Becasse - CLOSED

La Becasse
Price range: US$26 - US$65
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Ludlow Train Station 5 mins.
Description: La Bécasse offers award-winning fine dining in the picturesque town of Ludlow.The stunning oak-panelled restaurant and state-of-the art kitchens behind the scenes under the guidance of Head Chef Will Holland, attracted attention from the moment it opened as the sister restaurant to Berkshire restaurant L’ortolan, where chef patron Alan Murchison has held his Michelin star since 2003.Building on his life-long passion for cooking and the finest seasonal, ingredients, Chef Will Holland and his brigade work closely with local suppliers and producers, and wherever possible use produce that is ‘Local to Ludlow’.Since opening the doors in July 2007, the team at La Bécasse has been earning awards and accolades. A prestigious Michelin Star was awarded in January 2009; before that La Bécasse became Ludlow’s only restaurant with three AA Rosettes, was included in Harden’s Restaurant Guide as well as The Good Food Guide published by Which?, and was voted "Best Fine Dining Restaurant" in the West Midlands by Metro within four months of launching.“Fine dining should not be exclusive, pretentious or an intimidating experience,” says Chef Will Holland. "At La Bécasse we aim to provide great food, knowledgeable and professional service, and memorable experiences for all our guests. Winning a Michelin star within 18 months of opening is an acknowledgement of the huge effort that every member of the team has put in since we started.”
London, England
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Technical skill over-complicates taste”
Reviewed 4 June 2009

Like many upmarket restaurants currently, it over-complicates the food (for example, foams and small drizzles), which makes it more difficult to actually taste the ingredients.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Stunning food supported by discreet but friendly service”
Reviewed 2 June 2009

It's been 18 months since we went around the time it opened, and returning a few weeks ago was a real experience. The food has developed a style of its own, building on its' L'Ortolan heritage.

Each part of each dish has a contribution of its own - and that sounds all restaurant critic I know - but it's true, even from a lay (but experienced) perspective.

One of the best meals we've had - great wine recommendations - and relaxed but knowledgeable service. I'd love to try Sunday lunch.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Superb - a real treat”
Reviewed 27 April 2009

I enjoyed a fabulous evening at La Becasse last Saturday, to celebrate my birthday. Both my husband and myself went for the Gourmand menu at £60 a head (plus £9 for cheese course, although hubby substitued the dessert for the cheese at no extra cost).
The restarant is very cosy, and divided in to three rooms - two are wood panelled and one, where we dined, was almost cave style with bare stone walls.
The service is impeccible, with extremely professional and knowledgeable staff - as expected in an establishment of this quality.

Each course was beautifully presented on glass plates/bowls of varying colour and styles, and the flavours were incredible. The balsamic jelly was intense and a superb accompaniament to the ragstone goats cheese. I could not fault a thing.
My mouth is watering just remembering the taste sensations we enjoyed that night - and I cannot wait to go back.

The wine menu offers a good selection for all pockets - from £19 up to £460, we opted for a modest £27 bottle of red which we thoroughly enjoyed.

I highly recommend this restaurant especially for a special night out where superb dining, ambience and a touch of class are required.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding everything”
Reviewed 24 November 2008

I took my wife to Ludlow for a foodie weekend and booked at La Becasse for the first night.

We chose the Gormand menu with the sommelier's choice of wine by the glass for each of the seven courses.

Initially, on entering the restaurant we got the impression it was a little quiet and serious but this was quickly dispelled by the excellent, courteous and professional service. The waiters are all very knowledgeable about the menu and give every impression of having eaten the food recently. The service is attentive and slick without being fawning or overbearing. The Italian Sommelier is outstanding and chose for us perfectly complimentary drinks for each course, some of which were very surprising choices such as a light brandy with a main course.

The food was so good it made you want to stop talking and savour every morsel to the last. That has not happened to me for some years (and I do eat out at good restaurants relatively often).

Excellent value for money, although the wine bill was understandably steep.

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“La Becasse is in the premises vacated by Claude Claude Bossi's Hibiscus .La Becasse is very good indeed with excellent...”
Reviewed 31 December 2007

Bizarre listing both Hibiscus and La Becasse as the latter is in the premises vacated by the former. La Becasse is very good indeed with excellent staff; but Hibiscus with its two Michelin stars takes some living up to

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