Eating Out: Quite Simply taking food to the next level

Quite Simply French
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Restaurateurs Robert Mason and Sebastien Woeffle this year celebrate 18 years of success running Lancaster’s top restaurant, Quite Simply French, with the launch of a new venture.

Robert and his executive chef and partner Sebastien, have sold Quite Simply Food and Quite Simply Fresh, their brasserie, deli and outside catering divisions on Moor Lane.

Robert is clear about his vision for the future.

He said: “The last six years have been very successful but immensely hard work.

“We weathered the downturn when many other restaurants went to the wall, plus the fact that we had a number of parties interested in buying Quite Simply Food and it sold quickly is a tremendous measure of our achievements.

“Now, as we regain a bit of work life balance we want to concentrate all our energy on taking Quite Simply French to the next level.”

Quite Simply French will have an interior design refurbishment from James Mackie and the official launch is on September 26.

James Mackie feels the changes will transform the ambience. “I’ve always loved QSF. Great food and a lively atmosphere.

“What a brilliant opportunity to help Rob present his new vision for the restaurant. We’ve got some simple but exciting ideas that existing and new customers will love. The ambience of any space is a subtle thing – it’s visual, of course, but it’s also about texture and how the other senses are affected.

“You don’t need to do much to such a lovely intimate space as QSF but I think everyone will notice and enjoy the changes.”

For the launch chef Sebastien has created a four-course Taster Menu paired with wine from Italian artisan wine producers, Provino.

With live music from local jazz band, Quay Change, there is already a buzz about the event with only a couple of tables still available.

Mason is excited about the future. The menu will feature local and seasonal produce.