Cafes and Restaurants in Bishop’s Stortford
Bishop’s Stortford is a bustling market town in East Hertfordshire, very close to the border of Essex. There are some great options for cafes and restaurants in Bishop’s Stortford as well of plenty of pubs and bars.
Situated by the River Stort, Skew is a Mediterranean restaurant spread over two floors. Upstairs is the gorgeous Champagne, Cocktail & Oyster Bar and downstairs features cosy booth seating. I visited for their bottomless brunch with free-flowing Prosecco for 2 hours (available every Saturday from 12 to 3.30pm),
It used to be priced at £39.95 but has recently increased (potentially due to Covid) to £49.95. There don’t seem to be many other places in Bishop’s Stortford offering a boozy brunch so Skew certainly have a monopoly.
For starters we tucked into the Sucuk, Crispy Calamari with Lime Aioli and Grilled Halloumi. Yes, I was greedy and ordered an extra starter! The calamari in a light coated batter was particularly delicious.
Our main dishes were Adana Kofte served on Lavash Bread with Rice, Salad & Dipping sauce and Pan fried Seabass served with Potato & Spinach. Our brunch was completed with Baklava and Creme Brulee.
Whilst it seems pretty expensive, you get a 3 course meal and there was plenty of prosecco too. Skew also has a Free Flowing Thursday, Seafood Friday and midweek lunch offers.
Cibo is a family run restaurant in Bishop’s Stortford which celebrates traditional and authentic Sicilian cuisine. The restaurant on South Street is cute and cosy with foliage, plants, fairy lights and photographs of Italy. Staff were friendly throughout our visit.
The Polpette Della Nonna (8.25): Sicilian meatballs, tomato sauce, parmigiano reggiano, crostini was a delicious and hearty starter with chunky, flavoursome meatballs. If you are a cheese lover, go for the Bocconcini in Carrozza: buffalo mozzarella breaded & deep fried with tomato sauce, basil and parmigiano reggiano (8.5).
There is a huge selection of main dishes at Cibo including pasta, pizza, meat and fish dishes. Definitely gives me a reason to return! The Tortelloni Zucca with a Butternut squash filled centre, sage, butter, parmigiano reggiano (£11.95) was divine. The Rigatoni Nduja E Burrata was similarly delicious and a generous size portion (£14.95).
The cocktail list was right up my street with Aperol Spritz, Hugo and Limoncello based concoctions. Dessert changes depending on what is on the board that day. We finished off with a delicious hazelnut cannoli.
This is my favourite place to visit for lunch in Bishop’s Stortford. London has so many amazing street food traders so I was happy to find Eat 17. It houses a number of food traders within the Spar on Potter Street.
There is seating inside the ‘Eat 17’ part and you can even get drinks from the Spar and pay a small corkage fee.
The food traders are:
- Katsu Charlie – the ever popular Katsu curry, gyozas and other Japanese delights.
- Naughty Naans – Vegetarian and vegan Indian food with an Italian twist.
- Buffalo Joe’s – award winging chicken wings plus burgers and fries.
- Sukira – dry wok-fried noodles.
- Petrucci’s Pizza delicious stone baked pizza, garlic bread and homemade dips.
- Sourdough Toaster for your breakfast fix with plenty of meat and veggie options
The Villa is situated right by the station and offers modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting – eat on the terrace if you can! There is an extensive selection of starters – we loved the Pan Fried Scallops with crispy pancetta and the Arancini.
Main dishes include pasta, risotto, pizza and meat and fish dishes. The Paccheri with tomato, fresh basil & smoked provola cheese was a tasty portion of al dente pasta! Service was great and would love to try out more of the menu.
Pircio appears to be one of the most popular restaurants in Bishop’s Stortford given how busy it was when we visited. It is situated in a converted chapel over two floors with high ceilings and must seat in excess of 150 people.
The menu is split into Italian and Mediterranean- something you don’t usually see in a restaurant. We opted for the Mediterranean options and shared the following 3 starters and main course:
- Pircio Hummus (£6.95): Sautéed diced lamb fillet with pine kernels on a bed of houmous
- Halloumi Cheese (£6.95): Grilled Cyprus halloumi cheese with salad
- Sucuk (£6.45): Grilled Spicy Sausage
- Mixed Grill (£24.95): Adana kofte, lamb cutlet, marinated cubes of chicken and lamb grilled and served with bulgur pilaf, salad and special chilli sauce
All the food was delicious, particularly the Adana Kofte, service was a little rushed but there was a good atmosphere.
Ruby’s is an Indian restaurant on Hockerill Street just before you enter the town from Stansted Road. The menu is varied covering dishes from the Indian Subcontinent with various regional dishes.
We shared a starter of Tricolore Tikka – 3 pieces of succulent chicken tikka: Kesari Malay (Sweet), Chicken Tikka (Savoury) and Haryali Tikka (Hot).
There are plenty of main dishes including Ruby Specials, Traditional Curry dishes and Tandoori and Grills. The King Prawn Malaba with whole Fresh King Prawns cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with green chilli and curry leaves (£15.95) was a fantastic dish. The prawns were so big and juicy and the spice from the curry was punchy without being over powerful.
We also had a brilliantly named dish – a BiryNaani! Cooked inside a nan bread is traditional biryani (chicken, lamb or vegetable) served with a yoghurt sauce.
Service was friendly, food was great and there was plenty more on the menu I would love to try.
Rindio is a café / deli on South Street with particularly great breakfast and brunch options. Think fry ups, egg based dishes, sandwiches, ciabattas’ and wraps.
The Italiano baguette with parma ham, mozzarella, pesto and sundried tomatoes was delicious.
Rosey Lea has customary floral tearoom decor and exposed beams with very friendly staff. The menu focuses on afternoon tea classics, sandwiches. bagels, jacket potatoes, salads and more.
Their cream tea with scones served with clotted cream and jam are delicious but my favourite is the Halloumi, Chicken, Chilli Jam and rocket bagel. The Salt Beef sandwich is another delicious option.
This lovely Italian patisserie is owned by Alessandro di Leo, a professional pastry chef who has worked with some of the most well-renowned restaurants in Italy and London. It is situated within the lovely Florence Walk in the heart of town and has a small amount of seating inside and out.
The cream and pistachio croissants are delicious with a generous helping of filling, and the Choux Craquelin was heavenly. They offer plenty of fresh pastries and desserts as well as Italian style hot drinks.
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