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“Quite simply the best restaurant in Devizes”

The Bistro & Cookery School
Ranked #4 of 80 Restaurants in Devizes
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: As the original Bistro in Devizes (established 2003) we pride ourselves on being true to the original concept - that is a small, family run establishment (usually with a chef owner) providing a menu that often features slow cooked, seasonal dishes. The setting is traditional in that it is informal, relaxed and cosy. However, we are known for food that 'tickles the tastebuds', is influenced by a range of cuisines and always has The Bistro 'twist" to it. Open both at lunch time and in the evening, we have the distinction of also running a cookery school, now known as Vaughan's Cookery School and operating from another location in the town. Committed to sharing a passion for good food, Chef Peter Vaughan is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and of the Slow Food Movement.
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Quite simply the best restaurant in Devizes”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

The Bistro is a wonderful venue, led by head chef and owner Peter Vaughan we had a wonderful lunch. The main course which comprised of crab cakes was divine and perfect for a light lunch. The ambiance is suburb, look no further than the Bistro for the best meal in Devizes.

  • Visited December 2013
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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“Special Birthday Party - A theatre of food.”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Together with 11 other people we used the cookery school as the venue for a truly memorable experience. The lighting was provided by candles and background lights which provided an intimate feeling. All the courses were explained by Peter Vaughan and those present with allergies had their fears allayed as ingredients were explained before we tasted. As far as possible all ingredients are local and therefore fresh and tasty. The canapes were delicious. The beer batter on the fish was yummy and the mutton for the next course just melted in the mouth (who says mutton is tough - they obviously haven't been to the Bistro). A beautiful cake was the surprise element followed with some very minty tea for several of us and coffee for the others. An occasion I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank jaw6013
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Journey to Jerusalem evening.”
Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

Did a very enjoyable Persian cookery course with Peter Vaughan in the autumn, decided with 11 others to try their middle Eastern themed festive menu! A delightful change, the butternut squash, tahini was sublime! Lovely main courses and friendly service and considering the amount of wine we ordered a very reasonable bill ! You will see the Broad Hinton crowd again !

Thank KKE130
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Less would definitely be more!”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Had lunch here today and strongly disagree with the glowing reviews given by other people. All food has way too many flavours with many bordering on being unpleasant. Tabbouleh salad had huge chunks of preserved lemon which should be used finely chopped and in moderation. The falafel (which used to be very tasty) were cold, hard and tasted like cold Christmas pudding - far too many spices. All the food that was served was cold, including Lamb Kofta. Overall the food could be good but needs to be massively toned down - in this instance less would be more and subtle flavours work much better.
It doesn't work having chefs serving the food - gives a chaotic disorganised feel.
Also the drinking glasses looked very smeary, mine had lipstick marks on.
Have eaten here 5 or 6 times in the past few years but after todays meal wont be in any hurry to go back again!

  • Visited November 2013
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The theme this week was the new Kennet and Avon brewey with beer to drink and in the cooking. We enjoyed a nice evening here, with different and distintive food - but felt perhaps the flavours were slightly too intense at times. Can recommend the beer ice cream.

Visited November 2013
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