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Fantastic French food leaving Richmond tables for Fab Festival
Tucked away in a sleepy Richmond street, La Buvette is the town’s premiere independent French eatery.
And the fine French cuisine is not only on offer to Richmond restaurant-goers all year round, but to foodies at the Richmond Food and Beer (Fab) Festival this summer.
The restaurant, in Church Walk, wows diners with a mouth-watering menu of crab and avocado salad, chargrilled onglet steak and fresh monkfish.
The head chef from the restaurant, which has a picturesque outdoor area offering customers a touch of holiday-vibe al fresco dining, will showcase some of La Buvette’s signature dishes in a cooking demonstration on the Saturday of the festival.
Owner Bruce Duckett says: "These are the classic dishes that customers return for time and time again.
"With our intimate dining room and secluded courtyard, I believe there is nothing like it in the area.
"We love showing a modern side to French food without trying to be fashionable. It isn't all butter and cream."
That said, the restaurant's crème brulee is a celebration of all things French and a perfect marriage between a crispy decadent caramel crust and smooth indulgent centre peppered with vanilla infusions.
Bruce adds: "We’ll also be showing our Fondue Savoyarde and perhaps having a cheese tasting."
This comes as welcome news to blues rock band 3AM, whose guitarist and singer Tim Renton is a tea total food-lover who can’t wait to learn from the chef demonstrations at the festival.
The band will play on the Crawdaddy Stage at the festival, which celebrates good food, beer and music in the open-air setting of Old Deer Park.
Renton says: "I love watching TV chefs and learning how to cook properly so when we aren’t playing I will certainly have a look around and see what I can learn - learning to cook is great.
"French food is fantastic. We have been to France quite a lot and one of the things that is great is the little street markets which are absolutely lovely.
"You can just eat there and it so cheap and you get to check out all the local cheeses."
Ahead of their appearance at the Fab Festival, the band will support the Steven Seagal Blues Band at the Clapham Grand on July 25.
Renton says: "It should be fantastic. It was moved from the Jazz Cafe because it wasn’t big enough, so we are expecting an audience of about 2,000."
Richmond Food and Beer Festival; Old Deer Park, Richmond; August 23 to 25; 10am to 10pm; £12 to £40; richmondfoodandale.co.uk.
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