Even regulars at Little French might not have previously realised that just the other side of the restaurant is the courtyard of Westbury Park Church.
There is no missing the space now, however, with the restaurant’s dining room moving lock, stock and barrel here underneath a permanent awning.
For locals – including Aardman co-founder Peter Lord on Monday lunchtime – the churchyard still remains a nifty cut-through between Etloe Road and North View.
But this outside area can now also seat around two-dozen diners, with Little French’s indoor dining room continuing to be a shop as it has been throughout lockdown.
The relaunched alfresco restaurant sees a shorter lunch service between midday and 2pm allowing for a full clean down before the dinner service between 5pm and 9pm.
Breakfast will not be served until further notice, but the pastries can wait for now as this new version of Little French shows what can be achieved as the hospitality industry reemerges post-lockdown.
Monday’s menu included the likes of roast queen scallops (£12.50) to start, mains including onglet (£17.50) and confit duck (£18.50), and sharing dishes that if you push the boat out could see you enjoying wood-grilled côte de boeuf (£57.50).
All accompanied of course by one of the best wine lists in town, expertly chosen by the restaurant’s co-owners, husband and wife team Freddy and Nessa Bird.
With a bit of investment and the benefit of nearby outdoor space, Little French is an example of new possibilities and new experiences when it comes to eating out.
Main photo by Martin Booth