Bishop's Stortford Restaurants
19 restaurants in Bishop's Stortford
Restaurants in Bishop's Stortford:
14-16 North Street, Bishop Stortford, CM23 2LL [Map]
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London. Almost inevitably the décor and design of each restaurant differs from the others, but there is a general curtsy towards La France.
Many restaurants do an excellent breakfast, or shall we say petit dejeuner, at which such delights as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, croque Madame, croissants and pain au chocolat make welcome appearances, and to their credit the English traditional gets top billing.
An array of small dishes takes in pulled pork pâté with French bread, and spicy beef and lamb sausage with harissa mayonnaise. Salads and pasta feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include slices of saucisson and cured pork loin with French bread.
Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. No French menu would be complete without the poulet jaune grille, pan-roasted breast of corn-fed chicken served on a warm taboulé of bulgar wheat and a medley of roasted vegetables with minted crème fraîche, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
By now we all know that the French, despite their distinctive habits when it comes to matters of satisfying the inner man, maintain a miraculous longevity of life. This is generally attributed to a number of causes, of which a measured consumption of decent wine is foremost. Café Rouge, you may be pleased to hear, encourages this with a well-chosen selection of French wines. Their prix fixe lunch and meals for children, both at a very reasonable figure, also offer excellent value.
Their Website will keep you updated on menu changes, news and other competitions and offers from the Café Society.
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The George Hotel, 1 North Street, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2LD [Map]
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets.
Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. The conversion of the Newbury library and other listed buildings, such as those in Salisbury, Romsey and Mayfair, are all welcome examples of 'new use'. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends.
The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials.
The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles.
Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce.
Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different. Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce.
Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato.
Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens.
You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Prezzo is a lively group and opportunities to improve and update are never left on the table for long. Keep up to date with a quick click on their Website.
14-16 Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2LB [Map]
With beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls and wooden floors, The Lemon Tree is housed within a charming 16th century building, making the best use of its historic setting. The Courtyard is for those who'd like a whiff of fresh air alongside their mid-morning coffee, a light summer lunch or an afternoon tea. After being featured in the Michelin and Good Food Guide, Bishop's Stortford residents have a good reason to visit this restaurant and enjoy some fine cooking by Luke Fishpool and warm hospitality rendered by his wife Sue.
Lemon Tree's commitment to local and regional suppliers cannot be more emphasized on their menu, with notations such as 'l' and 'uk' indicating their sources. So whether it's the potted kipper pâté with tomato relish and Melba toast; creamy local rabbit and potato pie, or chocolate gateau with black cherry parfait and Chantilly, the idea is to preserve cultural cuisine and sustain neighbouring eco-regions.
4 The Corn Exchange, Market Square, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3UU [Map]
The Corn Exchange building was once a place where farmers and merchants traded cereal grains, but with the Host Restaurant and Bar located in the front, the clamour of the traders is now replaced with the clinking of cutlery and somewhat calmer conversation. The décor is all brown and minimalist with features like exposed brick walls that lend an air of originality.
Start with chicken liver and foie gras parfait with apple and grape chutney and toasted brioche, creamy pea and ham soup with crispy bacon, or tempura marlin served with a chilli dressing. Mains of Chinese style king scallops and monkfish stir fry come with a coriander and coconut milk dressing, while char-grilled chump of lamb with warm purple truffle potatoes is accompanied by a green bean salad and mustard cream sauce. For desserts there's passion fruit bavoir with a tropical fruit salsa and iced raspberry soufflé with tuile biscuit.
Spellbrook Lane East, Spellbrook, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7SE [Map]
Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Tilekiln Green, Great Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7TJ [Map]
Eponymous chef patron Anton Edelmann's elegant modern lakeside restaurant at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel offers guests a diverse European and international cuisine menu with a 'personal twist'. If that's how you like it, get a ringside view of the action at the chef's table which can seat ten guests. Superb views over the lake complement the ambience indoors.
Stimulate the taste buds with dishes ranging from mini toad-in-the-hole with Hatfield Broad Oak chipolatas, wild mushrooms, mash and onion gravy to assiette of Wicks Manor pork with cauliflower purée, spiced lentils and herb mash. Distilling years of culinary experience allows Anton to offer fusion fare of roasted skate with gratinated fennel, mussel and saffron broth, pan-fried mackerel with pickled vegetables, quail's eggs with roasted pumpkin tart and braised halibut with fennel, orange and coriander. Bring the meal to a delightful end with strawberry soup and elderflower sorbet or pineapple parfait with pistachio nuts and pineapple crisp.
European, International, Modern British
High Street, Hatfield Broad Oak, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7HH [Map]
The Duke's Head fits the definition of what a classic village pub should be - full of character, a convivial atmosphere, varied drinks list and traditional food. Proprietors Justin and Liz Flodman invite diners to discover glorious British cuisine with a twist, prepared with much love and attention to detail. You could bring your canine friend for a brief interlude at the bar and then proceed to navigate the rest of the countryside.
Those who possess a hankering after things meaty will be pleased to find plenty of local ingredients and fresh cuts on the menu like the braised 10oz feather blade steak, slow roast 'Great Garnetts' pork belly and 'Sweetlands' traditional pork sausages with wholegrain mustard mash and caramelised onion gravy. For that sweet fix at the end of the meal an English lavender crème brûlée or cranberry sticky toffee pudding should do the trick.
'Small people' with grown up tastes have a separate menu that includes a smaller portion of anything off the main menu.
British, Modern British
Christmas menu at £24.95 per person for 3 courses Book
2-4 North Street, Bishop Stortford, CM23 2LQ [Map]
Mexican, Tex Mex
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