A French eatery and winery, owned by Borough Wines who now have a few other locations dotted around, the understated L'Entrepot is a firm favourite amongst locals. Forget the fancy frippery and penguin waiters, the decor here is admittedly not much to look at but the waitresses are friendly Dalstonites.
There's around 25 or so wines on the menu which apparently changes daily - no surprises here from such a well-respected winery. Bottles were reasonably cheap too but we decided to start with a carafe of one of the house reds, and we were still going strong another two carafes later. Food is comfortingly simple here and much of what you'd expect from a place named L'Entrepot - we opted for the sharing board of charcuterie, warm bread and balsamic oil with raw parsnip slaw (a must). Then there came the slow braised lamb shoulder with barley wheat for C, and I had a divine portion of steak tartare with anchovy toast that was quite possibly the best I've ever had.
The simplicity is key here, and that's why it's doing so well. Spend even half an hour in here and you'll be hard-pressed to imagine you're doors down from a train station and just round the corner from chicken shops. Elle magazine nominated it one of their favourite wine bars, and apparently their brunch is bloody good too. So while dreams of French beaches in an endless summer aren't quite reality just yet, an evening in a French bistro like this is more than enough to whet your appetite.