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.
Mill Lane, Gaston Green, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7QT [Map]
The tranquil setting of Little Hallingbury is conducive to numerous things, mostly leisure orientated, but even if you're on one of those vacations where you don't want to do anything, this is the great place to relax and let the world go by. While you're at it, you could enjoy a stay at the Grade II listed Little Hallingbury Mill, which offers affordable rooms, welcoming customer service and pretty rural surroundings.
At ground level, the bistro offers a casual and cosy atmosphere, and with the restored mill machinery as a centrepiece, it works well for weekday lunches while the upstairs restaurant has a traditional English environment particularly at weekends. Starters on a regular evening could include Atlantic prawns and Marie Rose sauce followed by grilled salmon fillet with a garlic and herb crust. The chocolate sponge pudding does very well for dessert, and to complement the menu, there's a great selection of wines and British fine ales. Sunday roasts are very popular featuring two delicious main courses.
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
25 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2LD [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
Down Hall Country House Hotel, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7AS [Map]
The Down Hall Country House Hotel is an impressive Italianate mansion dating back to 1322. Stroll through the surrounding woods and landscaped gardens and then step inside to find yourself amidst ornate ceilings and an abundance of natural light. For a leisurely lunch with friends head to The Grill Room decorated in a clean, bright style with dark wood tables and red leather seating.
Head Chef Mark Allen Jones' menu comes with a modern British feel and may include starters of smoked salmon roulade with caviar, herbs and celery remoulade, and pressed tomato terrine with a feta cheese fondant and basil pesto. A main course of fillet of pork is accompanied by sautéed potatoes, cider and mustard sauce. Marinated steak skewer, braised pork ribs, gilt-head bream and whole lemon sole come hot off the grill, while a griottine parfait with praline and passion fruit meringue could help you round off the meal in style.
102 London Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3DS [Map]
71 Birchanger Lane, Birchanger, nr Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5QA [Map]
Down Hall Country House Hotel, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7AS [Map]
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