Just what the doctor would have ordered if he’d eaten a treat tower

The Original Bistro French
The Original Bistro French
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Laura Wild was looking for a balanced healthy meal after a week of indulgence – she found it at The Original Bistro French

The Christmas period in my house has, as ever, involved lots of food. Lots of good food I might add – but not much of it healthy.

Even as I write this I can see the tower of goodies we received stacked up in the corner, we’ve made good progress on said treat tower, but I can’t stomach anymore sweet snacks.

If I’m honest after Christmas dinners, Christmas curries, cakes, chocolate and more cake I was ready for something light, tasty and if possible healthy, or healthier than normal anyway.

Thankfully The Original Bistro French in Chapel Brow Leyland offered just what we needed, a scrumptious meal without that yucky over-full feeling.

We’ve never been to this charming place before and stumbled upon it when looking on Trip Advisor for somewhere to eat.

It was a Sunday evening when we visited, between Christmas and New Year, and although it was pretty quiet inside there was a lovely, quite romantic place – with a great menu.

We grabbed a seat in the corner and deliberated over the menu. There was plenty of choice with everything from steaks to salads to choose from.

I opted for the smoked salmon starter (£5.20) it came with a delicious bed of salad topped with black pepper and an incredibly tasty dressing, as well as bread to mop up. The food looked incredible and it tasted 10 times better.

If salad always tasted that good I wouldn’t have an issue eating it all year round.

My guest opted for the smoked salmon and feta cheese salad to start with (£6.20). Just like mine he said it tasted very fresh and the French vinaigrette dressing added to the flavour.

For mains I opted for seafood again, I had Creole pan fried (£13.50). This was a dish full of flavour, enough to warm you up on a chilly winter night, but light enough to not make you feel like you’re going to burst.

It was made up of freshwater king prawns with the shell off and jumbo peeled scampi pan fried with onions, peppers and rice cooked in a rich and spicy tomato based sauce with added chillies.

The prawns and scampi were flavoursome and for somebody who doesn’t like messing with food it was an added bonus that the shells were already off the prawns.

My fellow foodie opted for Le Bistro spicy chicken (£10.25). This is a chicken breast cooked with onions, peppers and chillies completed in a rich tomato based sauce.

The dish looked very similar to mine, but obviously with chicken and not seafood, the rice mountain was fluffy and tasty and accompanied the sauce well. The bread we had left from the starters was used to mop up.

The chicken dish could either be served with rice, mash or chips.

We were really impressed with the whole experience at this stunning place.

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left everything was spot on.

As well at the menu we ate from they also do special offers with a two courses for £10.95 offer running from Sunday to Thursday.

The service was very good, we were served by a young girl who was polite, attentive and nothing at all was too much trouble.

If you are looking to start the New Year with a meal out that doesn’t burst the bank or your belly this is certainly a place to try.

Don’t get me wrong either, it’s not all seafood and salad, there’s lots of other goodies to suit everyone and a selection of desserts.

The Original Bistro French

23 Chapel Brow, Leyland

Open Tues - Sunday 6 -10pm