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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Cheery bistro serving French classics and more

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Service charge

Down a leafy walkway off the high street, La Buvette is a winner all year round, whether you’re out at one of the courtyard tables or ensconced indoors, where chequered tablecloths and sunny yellow walls foster a cosy old-school bistro ambience. Expect a cross-Channel menu of uncomplicated classic French dishes backed up by daily specials.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 5.45
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Buck Carter

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 19
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6
  • Main course from14.50
  • Dessert from: £5.75
  • 3-course lunch from: £20
  • 3-course dinner from: £20
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Paradise Road

Getting here

3 minutes from train station, opposite St Mary Magdalene Church, off main High Street on corner of Tesco Metro.

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