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“Belgique Niet dank u” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Belgique Bishops Stortford - CLOSED

Belgique Bishops Stortford
Cuisines: Belgian, European
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Belgique Niet dank u”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

So...seven of us thought we would try this restaurants lunch time Belgian inspired tapas style dishes.

Agreed we booked at short notice on a sunny Sunday afternoon and surprisingly got a reservation straight away.

We arrived and immediately felt slightly uneasy about the lack of ambiance...we found that the high concrete walls tended to bounce every sound back in many directions and this was just uncomfortable.

Having ordered our drinks one was left off the order when it eventually arrived and it took 10 minutes to gain any attention and get the waiter to rectify the omission...it being 40 % full and all the staff being obviously "very busy"

As an aside the starting prices for 330 cl beers @ £3.80 does make one feel somewhat "taken for a ride"

The orders did arrive (cooked to order) as explained in a very piecemeal service in a "sharing tapas sort of way"...it would not have taken much intelligence to realise that the first batch of 3 dishes was ordered by one member of our party. He had almost finished before the next batch arrived.

We had a mixture of "Bapas" and as the dishes arrived (cooked to order) two of our lady guest had ordered the same mushroom meal one was vaguely warm the other distinctly cool...this one went back...not to be replaced. The quality of the food was generally poor for instance...stringy bottled white asparagus and some disgusting tasteless reconstituted egg material, uncooked mushroom with melted cheese, fairly uninspired singed "Limousin fillet" in itself almost acceptable but served with a strange unpalatable jus that I guess had survived the whole lunchtime session and was proceeding towards disintegration as a addition to anything.

The trio of croquettes arrived in an unusual manner the two simple cheese options were vaguely warm but again uninspired, however, the shrimp option exploded at a magma like temperature as soon as the breadcrumb surface was broken...it also just tasted nasty once the heat level had reached human tolerance.

Fairly early on, I did notice that the warning signs we there, so I explained my concerned to the waiter. It was recognised that service was failing and they agreed to rectify this. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" and as in this case those intention were sadly not achieved.

Downsides
Poor food
Poor turnaround time (1 hour 45 minutes)
Lack of concentration on the client.
Bad detail
The cook (not a chef) needs to brush up on their "freshly cooked" microwave techniques

Please try to make it roughly at constant heat level.

Upsides
Freitjes were good but mayo needs attention
Desserts were very attractive but some lacked flavour in any concentration.

All members of my party left Begique disappointed and unsatisfied.

You may ask why we did not complain...I ask myself the same thing...It felt so overwhelmingly poor that it just was not worth the effort.

For Belgique to get it this wrong takes an effort above and beyond!

We will not be going back

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Andy M
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Disgusting priced drinks”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

I have always been a big fan of this venue but recently they keep changing the venue with some good treats missing. I went there this evening for drinks as they now have draught beers but it was £7.60 a pint which explains why it is empty on a Saturday night, I had reserved a table for dinner next Saturday but once I saw the bill I cancelled this. It is such a shame as I still like it as a daytime venue but with JD Weatherspoons opening early next year it is sad to say unless they get competitive I dont think Belgique will be around for much longer...

Dont order the beer but coffee and cakes are excellent.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ryan T
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Dover, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
96 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lovely stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

Had afternoon tea here yesterday. The food was beautifully presented, and tasted great. Tea was very nice too, and price was good. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Snicholas16
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Napier, New Zealand
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic location, poor food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

This is possibly the best restaurant location in Bishops Stortford, right on the river with great outdoor seating. Sadly, the food is pretty average at best. We've been here a couple of times and since our first visit the menu has changed a lot. There is now a tapas-style option, which seems a bit expensive and has very few choices for vegetarians. The rest is mainly sandwiches and light dishes. We tried a burger, which was a frozen cheap beef burger (the lamb one was sold out) in a store-bought bun. A bit of salad, no relish. The fries were good but generally nothing you couldn't make at home much better. On a previous visit we've had a patisserie-style dessert, but never again as they look beautiful but are stale and dry from sitting in the fridge all day. The staff are great but probably best to avoid the food if you come here and just enjoy the view over a beer or glass of wine.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Nicki L
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UK
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Excellent !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Came here yesterday for their Sunday Jazz Brunch (10am - 3pm) and everything was just excellent!! Service was absolutely perfect the whole time we were there (3 hours) - always checking we were ok, checking if we wanted more drinks etc so was very impressed with that.

The buffet (£17.50) was absolutely superb - such a great selection of good quality foods and also tried many foods which I have never had before including wild boar, oxtail, veal & horse !!

Tried many of the Belgium beers which were very tasty indeed....overall a great afternoon spent outside in the sunshine along the river :)

Highly recommendable!! Thanks :)

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank jo_l_howe
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