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The River Bistro

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Wharfside House Prentice Road | Prentice Road, Stowmarket IP14 1RD, England
+44 1449 770401
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Tue - Thu 18:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:30
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the River Bistro for the first time yesterday and we had a lovely meal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious with a great choice. My partner is a coeliac and the majority of the meals were Gluten Free. My final judgment was on the Creme Brulee, which I am please to say was fabulous! We... More 

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Thank Carrie P
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was excellent and the food likewise. I would give the Bistro 5 stars but the portion sizes of vegetables and deserts could be larger but that should not stop you going, its a little gem of a bistro.

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Thank Roger E
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic meal with friends every thing was cooked lovely ,the meat we had with our main meal was so tender melted in your mouth . And not to over priced £120, two of us had 3courses with wine and beer will look forward to our next visit . Also handy to book on line as they only open... More 

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Thank sandra s s
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We had heard some decent reviews of the River Bistro so thought this is ideal for my parents 30th anniversary, the reviews were correct; lovely atmosphere, great food ( Calves liver mmmmmm) and service was always with a smile, you would go a far distance to possibly beat the standard this little but nice sized restaurant.

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Thank Neil s
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

My first time here and will definitely be back. We received a warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We all enjoyed the midweek special - £14.99 for two delicious courses. Though there were other parties present we all felt comfortable and able to talk freely without feeling overheard or as if we were eavesdropping on other conversations. We... More 

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Thank Wendy U
Stowmarket, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

I contacted this restaurant before our booking regarding special dietary requirements and they were amazing.. They made a whole dish for me on the evening and it was superb. The chef and staff were spot on and the food was just lovely. This will definitely be mine and my partners 'special occasion meal' venue from now on!

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Thank Roxanne K
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic meal Friday evening, food was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend.

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Thank Juliezarkos
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Once again a first class experience, this time from the special offer of two courses for £14.95 The food was excellent and we were looked after superbly. Thank you

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Thank GHPoole0805
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Tried the River Bistro for the first time this week the food was amazing, also the service was excellent, will definitely be making a return visit.

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Thank Linda R
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Top food top service could not fault it. 25 anniversary with friends, food cooked to perfection, service polite and prompt, will definitely go again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, European, British, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:30 - 23:00
Thursday
18:30 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:30
Saturday
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Wharfside House Prentice Road | Prentice Road, Stowmarket IP14 1RD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Stowmarket
  • Phone Number: +44 1449 770401
Description
Bistro Stowmarket,english european, modern

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?