Skew Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Skew Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 22:30
Mon
12:00 - 23:30
Tue
12:00 - 23:30
Wed
12:00 - 23:30
Thu
12:00 - 12:30
Fri
12:00 - 12:30
Sat
12:00 - 12:30
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£13.00 – £30.00
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Is this restaurant wheelchair accessible?
About
Welcome to SKEW - A Whole New Dining Experience. The heart of Bishops Stortford, situated on the beautiful river Stort, we bring you fine food, live entertainment, Al Fresco dining, our stunning Champagne & Oyster bar, cocktails & more. Our food is cooked with passion & pride, derived from our Mediterranean heritage. At home we spend hours creating dishes with diverse and memorable flavours. So it’s only natural that we expect the same when we dine out. At Skew we aim to bring you the exciting and authentic taste of the Mediterranean Coast - traditional dishes with a unique and exciting regional twist.
PRICE RANGE
£13.00 – £30.00
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
Top 3 reasons to eat here
Sponsored by: Skew Restaurant & Oyster Bar
1. Fantastic Cocktails
Cocktails are second to none. Visit and try for yourself
2. Authentic Turkish Cuisine
Delicious Turkish food, freshly prepared and enjoyed by you
3. Faboulous Ambiance
Light & airy, river views and champagne bar. What more to ask for?
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles710 reviews
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SLou94
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
I have previously reviewed Skew and gave it 5*, but they've outdone the glowing review I initially gave them! My partner and I visited on Valentines Day as they had a special set menu. Firstly, I love coming here because you feel like you're going to a friends house to eat, everyone is so lovely and warm, you feel like you're part of the family. The restaurant looked beautiful, it had been decorated with candles, flowers and balloons for the event, which was a lovely touch. The waiter seated us and recommended special cocktails for the evening, both were fabulous! But, the food... Well these guys need to go for a rosette, because the food is simply to die for. Superb fresh quality, cooked to perfection. I haven't got a single criticism of the food. The set menu in my opinion was excellent value for money, given the high price ingredients on offer and generous portion sizes. Service as always was impeccable. Once again Skew, you're my favourite restaurant in both Stortford, and the South East!
Written 26 February 2020
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Frosty21
Hatfield Broad Oak97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Booked a table for last Saturday night for my husband and I. The service was fantastic. It was busy with a great atmosphere. We shared crispy chilli squid to start, portion size was huge for a starter and flavour was pungent therefore warrants the £10 price tag. I had mix fish for main course well cooked and seasoned, monkfish, salmon and king prawns.....delish.If you like Cocktails oysters champagne it’s the place for you. For a first visit I was impressed.
Written 13 January 2020
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jacqb999
Essex15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 friends
I met a friend here for dinner on Friday night, first dinner out for me since lockdown. It was buzzing with a good vibe which was the first thing that struck me, really good atmosphere. The woman and man who greeted me at the door were very welcoming and knew straight away that my friend was already seated. We had two waiters who thoroughly looked after us and were very attentive all evening, one of them was Robin! I started with crab and avocado with lime chilli, very tasty, for main I had chicken, rice and salad, the chicken was excellent. I followed that with lemon curd cheesecake - divine. All in all it was a lovely meal which I could not fault, staff friendly, great ambience, I will look forward to my next visit.
Written 19 July 2020
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Nada Tadros
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 family
Usually when we eat in restaurant the food is lovely and to a very high quality. We recently had a very expensive takeaway which was most definitely not worth the money. It was very delayed and by the time it arrived the food was cold and the salad was soggy. This was a big disappointment and not value for money, especially when compared to the restaurant
Written 10 June 2020
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kimmy1959
Hertford75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 friends
First time here at Skew friends have. Been before and had such a lovely time they invited us to go with them. Well what a disaster there was a private party upstairs in the cocktail bar. I’m not adverse to a bit of dance music but it was like being in a disco not a restaurant we couldn’t hear ourselves speak it was so noisy. The dish of lamb I chose was supposed to be in bed of thin bread it was mainly chunks of bread with a little bit of token lamb thrown in not nice at all. The only good thing about the evening was the lovely waitress Diane., I am surprised your staff can work under those circumstances You need to decide whether you are a restaurant or a disco both do not work together.
Written 8 March 2020
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Rudders1234
United Kingdom34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
We went as a couple and were so looking forward to our visit, after reading the positive reviews. Even when reading the menu, we though not cheap but at least it should be high quality. When we arrived we were greeted at the door and shown to our table, being told we can relax and have a few drinks and order the food when we were ready. However within 2 minutes of sitting down we were asked 3 times for our food order. Feeling rushed we ordered and when food arrived the already disappearing excitement continued as we were both really disappointed at how average and heavily overpriced it was. We had 3 courses and were not impressed by any. The prices are top end West End, food was very average chain restaurant standard. At the end when asked whether we enjoyed our meal, we both said it was ok, which seemed to surprise the waiter, but he did ask and we didn't want to be rude and say how bad we thought it was. He gave an excuse of it being the last day of Eat Out to Help Out making them busy, which I find poor. Being busy isn't a reason for poor service and food quality. I think the restaurant missed a massive opportunity to impress during the government scheme, so people come back. Such a shame as like eating and supporting local businesses, but there are much better local restaurants than Skew, from our experience.
Written 1 September 2020
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SkewBishopsStortford
Hi, We're very sorry to hear that you weren't satisfied with your visit to Skew. We pride ourselves on a high standard of food and service, so to hear that this wasn't your experience is of course concerning to us and we'll be sure to look into this. If you would kindly email us with your feedback on info@skewrestaurant.com and we'll be happy to discuss this matter further. Many Thanks Skew
Written 2 September 2020
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Ralph B
Chelmsford11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 family
Check your bill We took our son for his birthday (4 of us) Paid a deposit of £40 as it was the last day before restrictions applied for tier 3 Friday 18th December Food was fine, nothing out of the ordinary mixed grill platter can’t go far wrong with that kind of food. Service average Anyway we were satisfied with what we got until just after I paid the bill Our daughter in law asked me if they took the deposit off the bill, I wasn’t sure as I didn’t check the bill... thinking now I must have not been thinking straight as the bill came to £274 for the four of us. We shared a mezze starter and the girls had a cocktail each, one small Sauvignon, a Diet Coke, small Efes and a large bottle of still water which incidentally I’d ordered tap but they appeared with that. Anyway I’d given the receipt to my wife so she checked it for the deposit, called the waiter over to let him know. Look I get it; sometimes things go wrong, people are only human and mistakes can happen although I can’t help but wonder if they did that to everyone that night as most people would have been asked to pay a deposit Then my wife says that seems like a lot of money for the bill, I said yes the drinks total was nearly £120 as I saw it was subtotalled as was the food part. The manager had taken our paid receipt with him and had come back to the table without it to say they were removing the deposit So I asked him to bring the bill back for me to check it properly When he returned with it, there was amongst everything else that was itemised individually a ‘misc drink for £70’ Plus obviously the service charge was for a bill of £250 The thing was that I clocked them when I noticed and they saw me clock them. This had undoubtedly been done on purpose After a bit of to and fro they removed it from the bill but it left such a bad taste in my mouth and spiked the occasion Our bill should have been £140 but I’d been charged and paid £274 I would not have probably given it a second thought had the family not have noticed Maybe the staff are on the take or the business is ripping customers off but either way something was not right there. The looks I got were too shifty and I just instinctively knew that had been done intentionally Bad form indeed They can reply to me saying it was a genuine mistake but I could see it clear as day
Written 19 December 2020
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Skew Restaurant
Hi Ralph, We're so sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with your recent visit - though it sounds like your issues were of course not with the food or the restaurant - but indeed the issue effecting payment as the end, as you say. As you well say, of course this would NOT have been an intentional charge added to the bill, our only focus at Skew is to offer all of our guests a wonderful dining experience with great food and a relaxed atmosphere. As such, understandably we're not in the market at all for upsetting customers or looking to add additional charges to bills. We're pleased that efforts were made to resolve this issue on the night, though we do of course want you to feel satisfied with the end result. If you'd like to reach out to our team on info@skewrestaurant.com - explaining the above experience, a member of our management team will be in touch regarding this. Sincerely we wish you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year Skew
Written 21 December 2020
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abbeyelliott
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
I attended skew on Saturday evening and was welcomed by a very arrogant and rude hostess who attended two groups before me and my boyfriend who had been waiting there a lot longer than they had. We got escorted upstairs and was waiting for our table for 40 mins even though we had booked prior. When picked up from our table the hostess was very sarcastic in tone. We were met my complimentary bread however due to the poor service this wasn’t enough. We were then served by a waiter who did not understand what we were saying and it was very hard to express our food choices especially with myself having an allergy. We were never asked if we were okay during the meal like others were and we felt like we weren’t very welcome. On a good note the food was very good and compliments to the chef.
Written 16 March 2020
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Dean
Sawbridgeworth1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 couples
Whilst an ostensibly renowned hang out, our experience failed to live up to expectations. Food prices were not commensurate to quality, We had a table of 4 in the upstairs bar area occupying the middle of a small dance floor area which acted as a main thoroughfare to the toilet. It was evident that some COVID rules were not being adhered to in the upstairs bar area, and the mixing of tables was ubiquitous. Service was on the whole unobjectionable, however at the end when asking for the bill, we were greeted with the response of “oh, i dont take orders, I’m the general manager. . You know, the managers manager” to which the gentleman strutted off and instructed one of his minions to come to our table and we had to ask this person for the bill.
Written 1 November 2020
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SkewBishopsStortford
Hi Dean, Thank you for your recent review and feedback - we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Of course we're disappointed to hear that you were not satisfied with your recent visit as this isn't the experience we would wish for any of our guests. We pride our selves on both great food and great service at Skew - so to hear of your dissatisfaction with these is of course a concern to us. With the issue experienced at the end of the evening with the bill/general manager - I believe this may well be a miscommunication or something lost in translation as indeed only certain members of staff have access to take bill payments through the system, so I can only assume that our general manager was keen to have a member of the team do this in order to ensure this was correctly read through our payments system (though can completely understand your concerns if this wasn't communicated correctly.) Again we'd like to apologise for your dissatisfaction and do hope that this won't deter you from visiting us again once the lockdown lifts, as we'd love an opportunity to reinstate your faith in us. Kind Regards Skew
Written 4 November 2020
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Global779025
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 friends
We were greeted with a smile and taken to our table. We did ask if we could have a table in the conservatory but we’re told no, however many others were moved when they asked if they could be, not sure what their policy is on this, maybe it depends what waiter you get/ask! The food was amazing and the service great to start with until 2hrs into our reservation when our deserts plates were whipped away from us as soon ok as our forks were on the plates and the bill presented to us within 30seconds. When handed the bill we were asked to pay up and leave as they needed our table ASAP. Not a please or a would you mind, they had clearly over booked and when shown our booking confirmation stating we had the table booked for another 30mins and we still had drinks, he tried to tell us since booking online they now only give 2hrs for a reservation. He had to go check with his manager, came back and said they’d honour our timing, why thank you!! Needless to say this spoilt an otherwise really lovely dining experience, we had already said we’d come back in the summer and sit outside/conservatory but I doubt we will return or recommend it to others, which is a shame.
Written 3 October 2021
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Skew Restaurant
Hi there, firstly thank you for taking the time to feed this back to us, as although it's disappointing to ever hear that customers felt dissatisfied with any aspect of our food or service, we rely on this honest feedback to continually improve standards (something we're very committed to). Regarding the policy on changing tables, we were extremely busy that evening and outside tables were already allocated, others being moved into the outdoor terrace.. wee not done so on request, these were guests who had already been allocated these tables but had been sat in the restaurant enjoying a drink prior to their reservation or whilst tables were being set for them - but if this caused any confusion or concern we of course apologise. Unfortunately the tables during busy weekends must have a time allocated to them (unless booked for later in the evening) - this is relatively standard practice for most of hospitality and it certainly doesn't mean that we don't value any of our guests or their individual experiences - we would like to apologise again if you felt rushed in any way, this is certainly not the intention and something we'll be looking at from here. Despite your closing sentence, we truly do hope that you'll return again in due course and allow us an opportunity to show you that the issues you experienced on this occasion are certainly not a regular occurrence. Kind Regards Skew
Written 9 October 2021
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SRJ
Stansted Mountfitchet38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 family
Where to start… we had wanted to try this restaurant for ages and were really looking forward to going.. it’s a very impressive venue and looks upmarket but it was very pretentious and the Service was atrocious - I got hit by a trolley, my dad very nearly got hit in the head with a plate, my partner was bashed in the back several times by a waiter, they wouldn’t let us have water on the table… Main courses took so long we had to chase up from the kitchen. Starter was sent back as the chicken skewers were so dry and inedible. Food was average and overpriced. Nice decor but very very noisy - great if you want a night out but not if you want any chance of a conversation. We are a young couple in our 30’s and we like atmosphere and music but it was just too much. We won’t be returning unfortunately.
Written 16 October 2021
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rosbs2016
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 none
For the second week we have treated ourselves to a great Sunday lunch cooked by Skew and collected by us. Cheered us all up - lovely beef, veg and Yorkshire pudding. Plated up and ready to go. The veggie lunch of halloumi and falafels with traditional Sunday lunch trimming also delicious.
Written 11 May 2020
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Kirsty Squance
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
Amazing experience. Beautiful restaurant. Excellent customer service. I took my partner for his birthday it was our first time visiting here. I chose this restaurant after reading the fantastic reviews. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish. The food was amazing and the customer service was very good. I also sampled a pornstar martini cocktail which was very good. We even had a very nice waiter who took a picture for us both to look back on the occasion and my partner also got a complimentary birthday dessert :) Would highly recommend and we look forward to revisiting again.
Written 10 July 2020
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Bvr
Bishops Stortford257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Food here is incredibly expensive, and what you’re served does not equate to the cost you’re paying for fairly bland meals. Staff aren’t overly COVID safe either and get far too close when taking orders. Have been wanting to go here for a while as always looks busy, but food didn’t live up to my expectation
Written 22 August 2020
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Philip1279
Bishops Stortford35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We booked the Valentines meal here as not been since it last changed hands, and we are sooooooo glad we did. The atmosphere on the evening was just perfect. The food was amazing. The live singer was just right for the night as well and was so clear I had first thought it was just pre-recorded music. We will be returning to sample the normal a la Carte menu as soon as we can decide which night to go. Parking at the multistorey opposite is free from 18:30 so this is a massive plus. We cannot wait to return.
Written 16 February 2020
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