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The French House - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace · French · ££££
Excellent
5.3/6
46 Reviews

About The French House - Crystal Palace

France Gall. Françoise Hardy. Sylvie Vartan. Brigitte Bardot. Anna Karina. French cultural mastermind Serge Gainsbourg. These figures of the yé-yé pop phenomenon yé-yé and the upstarts of the nouvelle vague form the backdrop – and the soundtrack – to London’s swinging restaurant and bar The French House, whose second outlet (the other’s in East Dulwich) is set to bring bagloads of Gallic charm to the Crystal Palace triangle centred on Westow Hill, Crystal Palace Parade and Anerley Hill.

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Address

The French House - Crystal Palace
72 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace
London SE19 1SB

Opening Times

Closed today
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

French onion soup

With garlic croutons and Emmental cheese
£7.50

Escargot à la bourguignonne

Snails cooked in a garlic, parsley and shallot butter
£7.50

Munster cheese crème brulée

Served with picon bière
£8.00
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Mains

Warm goats cheese salad

With walnuts and lavender honey
£9.00

Choucroute Alsacienne

served with saucisse de Strasbourg, lard paysan, garlic, sausage, carrots and potatoes
£15.95

Coq au vin

With creamy mash potato and green beans
£16.50
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Specials

Tarte flambée forestière

With champignons de Paris mushrooms
£9.00

Tarte flambée gratinée

with Emmental cheese
£9.00

Tarte flambée au Munster

With Alsacian Munster cheese
£9.50

Menu (General)

June Menu

Every Day - All Day
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Further Information

In proper French cafe tradition, you can rock up to The French House’s Westow Hill address for simply a pint of beer (all sourced by crafty co-owner Robbie O’Neill) or a glass of wine, or indulge in co-owner and executive chef Audrey O’Neill’s native Alsace cuisine, whether for breakfast or a typically late London brunch, a long and languorous lunch or dinner. All the gastronomic action gets served up on communal wooden, farmhouse-style tables, making The French House’s social vibe all the more enchanting and adding a certain amount of rural French character to dining at this unique Crystal Palace venue.

Breakfast at The French House is classic petit dejeuner. Croques monsieurs et madames, savoury and sweet tartes, or a simple French brekkie of croissants and coffee are set to be a hit among Crystal Palace locals looking for something a little more refined than the English counterpart. Late on in the day when the restaurant opens up for lunch and dinner, London’s fans of Gallic gastronomy can have themselves charcuterie and fromage in a degustation format, classic French entrees and plates, or – the specialty of the house – Alsatian tartes flambees matched with Les Princes Abbes riesling from the region. With a backing band of French pop stars of yesteryear, The French House is French dining a la mode.

46 The French House - Crystal Palace Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Nicola B.a month ago · 1 review

Very enjoyable first visit to the French House, along with a French friend for extra authenticity. Great ambience and excellent service - helpful and friendly and well timed. Delicious food and will definitely be going back, particularly as I will be able to take my dog next time!

"Excellent"6/6
Alex S.2 months ago · 1 review

Perfect service. Plentiful, high quality cheese and charcuterie. Delicious wine (but relatively steeply priced). Good coffee. Real pastry. Excellent ambience. I would return again to try their cooked dishes - this restaurant clearly cares about its French roots and makes it possible to enjoy a slice of France without picking up the tab of a Michelin starred restaurant. In the context of Crystal Palace, it is neither cheap nor expensive. If you're reading this review, deciding whether to visit or not, then I would recommend giving it a shot. At worst, it won't be your thing. At best, you'll have found a charming French restaurant that is admirably trying to be different. In any event, I cannot envisage being served a bad meal here. I live locally.

"Excellent"6/6
Nick N.3 months ago · 1 review

Great location, tasteful decor, fantastic cocktails and food. Experience was enhanced by exceptional service from a very friendly member of staff. Will definitely revisit soon.

"Excellent"6/6
Philip S.5 months ago · 2 reviews

Great food, in a restaurant with very interesting decor, if your a fan of the '60's' then this slice of French fancy will be right up your street. Food is rustic, presented really well and the place has its own charm. Will be back.

"Good"4/6
Henry D.7 months ago · 1 review

The ambience was very nice with Ye Ye music laying. The music playing was not, sadly, what was being shown on the TV, old French music programmes in black and white. Sad. Nice posters on tne walls. Staff friendly and knew the menu, very helpful. The starter, a charcuterie board, was very nice and tasty, good choices. The mains were a tad disappointing. The menu didn't fully reflect what was on the plates. The coq au vin was on noodles yes, but there was also chargrilled veg. Or that's what it looked/tasted like. It's difficult because I rather like my own coq au vin made the traditional way. My Wife had a salmon a la nicoise. Well, we know what a nicoise is, or do we. This was, sadly, very overcooked salmon fillets on a bed of charlotte potatoes d green beans. The pudding, well, we both had chocolate fondants with ice cream. Rather delicious. A pint and a vodka tonic all for just over £60 was good value. Would we return, not sure, I may spend an evening dr king their wine and having charcuterie.

"Excellent"6/6
Angela P.a year ago · 1 review

We had a lovely birthday meal here last night. I recommend the large charcuterie platter for four people. If you love cheese, this is certainly the starter for you. So many delicious flavours. The service was lovely and friendly and we always had a drink (or two) on our table. Please try all the tarte flambes. Between us we tried three different flavours and the toppings were very generous. I can't wait to go back to try the desserts. We ate too much and couldn't fit them in!

"Good"4/6
Howard W.a year ago · 1 review

Overall we enjoyed our visit. However, it is overpriced for what it offers. Also the music was via a soundtrack in the background whilst the TV which played 60;s video music was not linked to the sound system. So we saw silent video which bore no relation to the 'muzak' soundtrack. Disappointing as this was a main reason for our visit. Staff were friendly and the food was fine, if overpriced as mentioned. Could be 25% cheaper and it would be a different experience. Expectation = high, delivery = medium overall. Not sure I would go back though as there are many other restaurants in Crystal Palace. Stiff competition needs a great offering and this did not deliver.

"Excellent"6/6
Emma J.7 months ago · 2 reviews

Went mid week with a group of girls, atmosphere was lovely, wine choices were good with options for glasses, carafs or bottles. Shared a raclette and a fondue plus one other meal between 5 and it was more than enough food for us. Food did take quite a long time to come out but we were informed and they were apologetic. Company and atmosphere was good so this didn't matter. Will definitely return.

"Excellent"6/6
Jane H.a year ago · 1 review

Great food, friendly staff, good service. Good choice for a Father's Day lunch for a French dad. Will definitely come back. The tarte flambé was yummy, and the confit de canard was judged by our 14 year old to be the best duck he had ever tasted (and he's tasted a few!). Merci beaucoup.

"Great"5/6
Melanie E.a year ago · 1 review

Fun new restaurant in Crystal Palace with a regional French menu from the Alsace. We had the Raclette, which was a fun experience melting our cheese on little pans under an element brought to our table. The gooey cheese poured all over potatoes, along with meats and pickles was very nice. We had a delicious dry Riesling too.

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