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“Fantastic food in Stowmarket”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The River Bistro

The River Bistro
Ranked #5 of 58 Restaurants in Stowmarket
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bistro Stowmarket,english european, modern
Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic food in Stowmarket”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

The restaurant is lively and airy. I love the varied menu. Food fit for a king and arrives in very good time by friendly staff. Thank you, it was absolutely delicious.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Carolyn G
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English first
Ipswich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Faultless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

We went as a small group after work and all had a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The food was outstanding (I had the steak) and the service was friendly yet professional and relaxed.

This is just what Stowmarket's needed for a long time.

Thanks to everyone.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Angie S
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Rude staff”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

After a concert in the town we wanted something to eat. We checked the website which said that this place was open until 11.30pm and rolled up a little before 9.45. We were met at the door by a glaring woman who, in reply to our enquiry about the possibility of a table, snarled “kitchen closes at 9.30”. Our annoyance wasn’t at the fact of the situation; it seems perverse for a restaurant to stop producing food two whole hours before it closes, but if that’s how they want to run their business that’s up to them. We did object to the rude and aggressive manner in which we were treated. The woman even chased us into the car park shouting that the fact the place was open until 11.30 didn’t mean food was available till then. Why she deemed this necessary, given that we were already leaving, was unclear, but it certainly emphasised that we were unwelcome. The words “get lost you morons” were not spoken but were clearly implied. Acceptable food is not so hard to come by these days that one needs to put up with being treated unpleasantly. We live locally and have eaten here a number of times in the past, but will not be doing so again.

  • Visited July 2014
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4 Thank jandj45
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Superb food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Our son had his wedding feast here, couldn't fault the food,was delicious,service excellent.Outside area to enjoy a glass of wine in .Location good.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Stefan E
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Lancashire
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, top notch.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We ate at the river bistro in Stowmarket for a wedding meal. Excellent food and good service. We were told the chef had worked at the Dorchester, if this is true, the food was of that standard, if he headn't, he could have done. If you go, you must try the honeycomb cheesecake - the best dessert ever eaten, anywhere !!. Not an obvious place to find, but worth searching it out.

Visited July 2014
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Thank 211sunseeker
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