Independent
French Bistro since
2004

Au Revoir

In 2004, I opened La Buvette with my then business partner Lawrence, with excitement and desire to offer a neighbourhood bistro at great value for money. I firmly believe it is testament to that original goal that we are still here today.

This year, however, will see big changes, as the restaurant's lease comes to an end in August and as it will not be renewed or extended, La Buvette will be closing its doors. Our last day of trading will be Sunday, 25th August 2019.

My heartfelt thanks go out to our guests who have not only supported my business and the employment of the team throughout those years, but have made it the very special place that it is. I have some wonderful memories, and I hope that you can say the same.

In the meantime La Buvette will very much continue with ‘business as usual’ and we hope that you will continue to enjoy us until then.

Whilst this news may be sad, I am very excited about the next chapter and will keep you updated about what the future holds!

Yours,
Bruce

The Drink

Champagne & Sparkling

 

125ml

375ml

750ml

Vouvray Pétillant Brut, Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau, Chançay, Loire, N.V.

Chenin blank grape. Lovely, gently sparkling, full of rich fruits (Biodynamic). (Charcuterie, Cheese)

    £36.00

750ml

£36.00
Gallimard Brut, Champagne, N.V.

90% Pinot noir with a touch of Chardonnay. Full, rich with enticing aromas and flavours of summer fruits. (Apéritif, soft cheese)

£9.75   £47.50

125ml

£9.75

750ml

£47.50
Premier Cru, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Veuve Fourny & Fils, Vertus, N.V.

Rich and biscuity bouquet, with good mousse and a lively, lingering finish. First rate fizz from a Premier Cru village. (Apéritif, fish)

    £62.00

750ml

£62.00

White Wines

 

125ml

500ml

750ml

Les Vignes d'Oc Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2017

Grenache with a hint of Chardonnay. Good acidty, fresh. Great aperitif. (Soups, salads)

£5.00 £15.00 £20.00

125ml

£5.00

500ml

£15.00

750ml

£20.00
Chardonnay, Les Vignes d'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2018

Gentle oak, plump, creamy flavours of Chardonnay. (Fish soup, Chicken)

£5.50 £16.50 £22.00

125ml

£5.50

500ml

£16.50

750ml

£22.00
Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Château Haut Rian, Bordeaux, 2017

Blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon blanc, green-gold tinged with an aromatic fresh nose. Lively citrus and minerals. (Grilled fish)

£6.25 £18.75 £25.00

125ml

£6.25

500ml

£18.75

750ml

£25.00
Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Font Mars, Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2018

100% Picpoul blanc. Light, fresh, clean and elegant. Green apples and citrus fruit giving good acidity. (Goats cheese and shellfish)

£6.75 £19.75 £26.25

125ml

£6.25

500ml

£19.75

750ml

£26.25
Saint Véran, Domaine Michel Chavet, Burgundy, 2017

Chardonnay, unoaked, fresh, clean and crisp with lingering citrus notes. (Snails, Roast chicken)

    £34.00

750ml

£34.00
Riesling, 'Les Fossiles', Domaine Mittnacht Frères, Alsace, 2017

Clean with medium intensity and body. Notes of pear and passion fruit. Good length and finish. (Fondue, choucroute)

    £37.00

750ml

£37.00
Pouilly-Fumé, "Les Cornets", Domain Alain Cailbourdin, Loire, 2017

100% Sauvignon grape. Bone dry with crisp gooseberry flavours, rounded and lingering. (Goat's cheese, Fish, Chicken)

£9.75 £29.25 £38.75

125ml

£9.75

500ml

£29.25

750ml

£38.75
Pouilly-Fuisse, Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, 2016

Medium bodied, with zingy, gently oaked, citrusy flavours. Classy wine from a master of his craft. (Crustaceans, Roast chicken, Asparagus)

    £51.50

750ml

£51.50
Chablis 1er Cru, Fourchaume, Dom. Gilles et Nathalie Fèvre, Fontenay-Près-Chablis, 2017

100% Chardonnay. Benchmark Chablis, vinified in stainless steel. Lively, fresh acidity with underlying minerality. (Seafood, roast chicken and garlic)

    £56.00

750ml

£56.00

Red Wines

 

125ml

500ml

750ml

Les Vignes d'Oc Rouge, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2017

Grenache, merlot blend. Light, fresh strawberries. (Roasts and chicken)

£5.00 £15.00 £20.00

125ml

£5.00

500ml

£15.00

750ml

£20.00
Roger Sabon, 'Le Sabounet', Southern Rhône, N.V.

Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault blend. Dark, sweet rounded fruit. Smooth and very gluggable. (Red meat, Strong cheese)

    £22.00

750ml

£22.00
Beaujolais, Domaine André Colonge, Lancié, Beaujolais, 2016

100% Gamay. Light red fruits, very easy-drinking Beaujolais. (All-rounder and aperatif - available chilled)

£6.50 £19.50 £26.00

125ml

£6.50

500ml

£19.50

750ml

£26.00
Minervois, Dom de l'Herbe Sainte, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2017

Syrah with Grenache and Carignan. Rich and spicy example of Minervois. (Full-flavoured dishes and spiced)

£6.75 £20.25 £27.00

125ml

£6.75

500ml

£20.25

750ml

£27.00
Château Laussac, Cuvée La Dame, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, 2015

Cabernet franc and Merlot (50/50).Supple and rounded. Ripe blackcurrant fruit and fine, grippy tannins. (Red meats)

£7.00; £21.00 £28.00

125ml

£7.00

500ml

£21.00

750ml

£28.00
Côtes du Rhône, Dom. De l'Espigouette, Southern Rhône, 2016

Predominant Grenache grape, dark spicy nose. Soft, silky, dark fruit. (Versatile: Chicken, Hard cheese, Onglet steak)

£7.25 £21.75 £29.50

125ml

£7.25

500ml

£21.75

750ml

£29.50
Reuilly, Domaine Cordaillat, Loire, 2017

100% Pinot noir. Bright, strawberry fruit, silky, mid-weight classic of this style. (Lighter meat dishes)

    £33.50

750ml

£33.50
Tour Bouscassé, Alain Brumont, Madiran, Gascony, 2011

40% Tannat, 35% Cab sauvignon, 25% Cab franc. Classic Madiran style of Gascony. A powerful, luscious wine with plenty of ripe red fruits. (Red meats)

    £40.00

750ml

£40.00
Mercurey, Vieilles Vignes, Dom. François Raquillet, Burgundy, 2016

Pinot noir. Deep damson in colour, mouth-filling with blackberry notes. (Grilled meats)

    £56.00

750ml

£56.00

Rosé Wines

 

125ml

500ml

750ml

Domaine Tour Campanets, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Emmanuelle Baude, 2018 (organic)

Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cab Sav and Carignan. Pale rose in colour, smooth and dry with juicy fruit. Aperatif. (Best enjoyed with sunshine)

£8.00 £24.00 £31.50

125ml

£8.00

500ml

£24.00

750ml

£31.50

Dessert Wine & Port

 

100ml

500ml

750ml

Maury, Dom. Pouderoux, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2016

Gutsy red berries, sweet berry fruit. Good length (Organic). 100% Grenache noir.

£6.50 £29.25 £40.00

100ml

£6.50

500ml

£29.25

750ml

£40.50
Uroulat, Jurançon Moelleux, Domaine Charles Hours, 2015

Grapes are concentrated on the vine by drying them out (passerillage). Generous honeysuckle. 100% Petit Manseng.

£7.00 £31.50 £46.00

100ml

£7.00

500ml

£31.50

750ml

£46.00
Sauternes, Lieutenant de Sigalas, Bordeaux, 2015

Delicate aromatic nose, with rich honeyed flavours and a lingering finish. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

£7.25 £32.75 £49.50

100ml

£7.25

500ml

£32.75

750ml

£49.50
Late Bottled Vintage Port, Taylor’s, 2012

Dark, with raisin and prune flavours, rounded and mouthfilling.

£5.25 £23.75 £35.50

100ml

£5.25

500ml

£23.75

750ml

£35.50
All wines are subject to availability and vintage changes.
Customers are welcome to enjoy their own wines, corkage £12.50 for still wine, £17.50 for sparkling and fortified.

Private Dining

Situated in Richmond town centre, in the shadows of St Mary's Magdalene church, La Buvette is ideal for birthday celebrations, intimate weddings and business meals. We are passionate about the tradition of French regional food and wines, and would love to help organise your bespoke, special event.

Capacity

  • 38Our main dining room can seat up to 38 guests.

  • 55If you would prefer to hire the whole restaurant, we can seat up to 55 guests and you would also be able to enjoy our gorgeous walled courtyard for Champagne and canapé receptions, ideal in the warmer months.

    We require a minimum spend to be met, and the prices vary depending on the session you wish to book. The minimum spend is the total cost of food and drinks (a discretionary 12.5% service will be added to the bill).

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020 8940 6264

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    Reviews

    • This is one of those cracking labour-of-love, local joints for which you'd endure hours on public transport. Unponcy French cooking and decent pricing. The food, meanwhile, is what many of us would confess we crave: unfussy, accurate and delicious bistro cooking
    • A friendly, unfussy bistro whose impeccable dishes transport you to France
    • This friendly bistro ... it's a favourite haunt of locals eager to tuck into game terrine ...
    • Small but perfectly formed French style bistro
    • Technically superb food, discreet intimate surroundings, La Buvette certainly has a little je ne sais quoi about it. This is one of the most authentic French dining experiences you will ever have and you'll be returning again and again
    • Simple French, blissfully unfussy and comes with a gentle price tag

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