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My wife and i came to Pickering from Hertfordshire for a couple of nights to visit Bangers and cash googled a restaurant that catered for gluten free and Willowgate bistro looked interesting so a table was booked ,what can i say the service was impeccable...the food delicious and fantastic value ,thank you for your great hospitality Gemma and Matthew. We will be visiting again .More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

Really lovely little restaurant with great food and very friendly staff. Good wine selection too. A little gem in Pickering, we will be back!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

A group of seven ate at Willowgate last night and everyone had a lovely meal . My crab arancini was delicious, lovely pieces of tasty crab meat . I think everyone else had the soufflé which went down very well from the comments around the...table . Mains were fab , and I finished with sticky toffee pudding . What’s not to love Excellent friendly service , in nice relaxed surroundingsMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

Absolutely perfect. 5 star. Attentive and non intrusive service. Food fresh and gorgeous. A little gem in Pickering. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2023

Had an excellent meal at this lovely Bistro. We came here in 2019 and were not disappointed by our latest visit. The food is excellent and the staff provided exceptional customer service. The atmosphere was very chilled and relaxing. Would highly recommend a visit.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

We had the pleasure of eating in the Willowgate Bistro on Saturday 21st October. The welcome was very pleasant and friendly with coats being taken and hung up for us. The drinks were served with a very nice Tapenade on sour dough as a welcome...before the meal. We all had different dishes for starters and main course each one of us really enjoyed them, including the perfectly cooked vegetable's. The deserts were also spot on. It is rare that I can say that each one of us had an excellent meal, but that was one brilliantly tasty and perfectly cooked meal. Compliments to the Chef and his staff. We will certainly return when in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Found the resuarant on Go Pickering. Booked in advance for my birthday. We enjoyed fantastic food and excellent service. I particularly enjoyed pigeon starter and venison mains. Garlic mushrooms and a cheese souffle were winners too for my non meat eating friend.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023

We were really looking forward to eating at the Willowgate Bistro given the good reviews it gets, but were really disappointed. Given the extensive menu (for such a small establishment), I guess the food must be over-prepped and briefly heated up again just before service....I also think the chef must feel that he far more talented than he really is. This is reflected in the dishes we tried. The pigeon consisted of a piece of breast (which was good) and an unidentified element of the bird which was as tough as old boots and quite inedible (if cooked correctly it should have fallen off the bone). My venison was quite good but my wife's monk fish was appallingly cooked and utterly tasteless. It had the same consistency as the sauce in which it was served - goodness knows how it was cooked, it appeared to have been poached or boiled. A horrible mushy dish and the worst monk fish I have ever tasted. My constructive advice to the proprietors would be to substantially cut down on the menu choice, to eliminate all the extraneous vegan/veg choices, and instead concentrate on just four or five main courses cooked well. I don't know about the owner's claim that it may be the No.2 eatery in North Yorkshire, but we ate at ten or twelve different restaurants in the area over the last two weeks and it was by far the worst meal we had.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Lovely food and excellent service. My wife uses a wheelchair, and access if fairly straightforward, down a single step. Let the restaurant know, and help will be provided, as access road slopes down. Very nice atmosphere.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 14 September 2023 via mobile

This small Bistro was full when we arrived on a Wednesday evening. Delicious food, well presented by very helpful serving staff, who were welcoming and cheerful. The menu was not extensive, but there was a good variety of meat, fish and vegetarian options from which...to choose. Not inexpensive, but worth the extra for the taste experience. The decor is a little “dated” and not luxurious, but nonetheless comfortable and the ambience is very friendly. We enjoyed it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2023

A well thought through evening menu, very well presented and service was excellent. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

Amazing food as always. First visit in a few years but just as good as always. Great menu choice and great quality food. A must when visiting Pickering.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

Delicious menu; we could have ordered any of the dishes. Good value wine. Loved the personal service. The complimentary homemade bread and tapenade were a nice touch.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

Truly excellent meal! Creative and beautifully cooked food in a friendly atmosphere with great service! What more can anyone want?! Wish we lived near enough to be regulars

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

We found by wonderful chance this fantastic location. We had been traveling most of the day and were absolutely famished when I called by pure chance to see if this restaurant could consider four hungry souls. We now know we met the hostess Gemma who...advised it would be 45 minutes but would have a table then, We were back at the allotted time and taken care of beyond belief. Service excellent food very excellent and the general ambiance incredible. This was a true find and the highlight of our trip to the North York district. Keep up your fantastic work. Martin Smethers and three other very impressed diners.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Response from Burnardm | Reviewed this property |
As Kevin says . A pointless review on a restaurant and more of a indication of your skills as a parent. Maybe you needed to go to Macdonald's drive threw rarther than a bistro with your child.
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Thank you for your question, yes we have. the customer who put this on was here on a steady night and the toilet floor is a very pale in colour (my stupid mistake and it will be getting changed in January) and when wet gets... More
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No on-site parking, use parking in Market Place(free after 6pm) or public Car Park by the roundabout 200yds away.
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Willowgate Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5