Bouchon Bistrot - Hexham

4.8
1381 reviews
£25 and under
French
Winner of the Best European Restaurant honour at the North East Restaurant Awards and conveniently situated opposite Hexham swimming pool on Gilesgate, Bouchon Bistrot serves straightforward country style French cuisine, including daily specials in the evening. Born in the Loire Valley and having plenty of experience from working in Michelin starred restaurants throughout France, the owner of Bouchon Bistrot is an expert when it comes to traditional country cooking in France.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1381 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit to the restaurant. Great service, great choice of wines and beautifully presented delicious food.

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LindaE
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very French style food. Fairly simple cooking but tasty. Quite a buzzy atmosphere on a Saturday night. Friendly and attentive service.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

food and service excellent as always. what we always dread though was a table full of noisy women nearby, not much you can do about that !

LN
LaurenceN
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambience ......every time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, great service, friendly staff, very enjoyable

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Kate
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service. Great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere and surroundings and excellent service.

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CheshireSage
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was excellent and probably the best we had during our 5 day holiday to Northumberland but the service was disappointing. We arrived 15 mins early and were asked to sit at the bar while our table for two was prepared but puzzlingly other diners came in after us and yet were seated before us. We then ordered our food and wine from the bar area and were eventually seated upstairs. Service was slow and our plates were left on the table far too long before being cleared. The waiter seemed more attentive to the larger groups at the tables next to us. I had high expectations for the Bouchon Bistrot but just wished we could have been seated downstairs a bit sooner than we were and where I am sure we would have had a better standard of service.under the watchful eye of the front of house staff. I gave my comments to the waiter when I paid the bill who said he would pass these on to his manager.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great food and top service. Trouble was we booked through Open Table and had no choice where we were sat. Our table was unfortunately placed in the open space at the entrance to the kitchen - a thoroughfare. Waiters and waitresses busying by, an old table next to us piled high with napkins being folded and serving trays piled high on a stand the other side. We felt exposed and it wasn’t very relaxing. The bright lights from the kitchen and the noise of kitchen staff all took away from ambiance. I’ll book direct next not via Open Table.

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JohnS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food with varoed choices and excellent service.

SB
SandieB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Been redecorated since we were last there and the terrace upstairs looks lovely

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service!

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Gordon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A lovely evening, with the added bonus of helping a local charity, Tynedale Hospice at Home.

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Fusty
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, service and value. The food isn't always faultless but generally of a high standard and well-presented. If you are looking for decent bistro cooking in a friendly and welcoming restaurant, at a very reasonable price then this is highly recommended.

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vipFred
Newcastle
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is always top rate at Bouchon. Don’t miss it.

AW
AmandaW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, varied menu, value for money. Tasty food in a beautiful setting. Fantastic service

BH
BeckieHead
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited 5 years ago when we were in Hexham on holiday. We planned this return trip to coincide with my Birthday. The evening was wonderful. The food was as exquisite as we remembered; the service excellent but not intrusive and the new refurbishment looked great. The wine list remains excellent. All in all, a wonderful evening! Thank you Greg and the team.

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GilllianM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to many top restaurants and the Bouchon is definitely up there.

The staff were really friendly and we were made very welcome by the owner.

Lovely French restaurant in the town of Hexham and the food was amazing ..

TG
TomG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and wine, one of the best in the North East but don’t tell to many people !

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Sally
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Bouchon didn’t disappoint. Menu was excellent. We were celebrating a family birthday which was made even more special by the food, wine and service.
Can’t wait to come again!

CM
ClaireM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food with plenty to choose from. The set menu is very good value. We enjoyed our evening there & would definitely recommend it.

PC
PatrickC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented, and tasty, French inspired fare.

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leanneS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a beautiful meal
First visit for us and it won’t be our last

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GordonL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb evening, an asset to Hexham. Great food & service served with some je ne se quois

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NicolaR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply superb food, great service, varied wine list

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Antman
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice atmosphere, tho perhaps a little more posh than your average bistrot. (White tablecloths rather than chequered red). Very friendly and attentive service. A good menu, available as both plat du hour and/or a la carte. Authentically ‘French’. A good and extensive wine list, available by the glass, carafe or bottle. Middling expensive, but worth it. Probably ought to award the place 5 stars. Oh, go on then!

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ANNH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing little bistro, wonderful chef with superb food. Cheese souffle, ribeye then the best Tarte Tatin ever! Busy on a Thursday but staff seemed so calm and efficient, and friendly. If we lived nearby, we would be regulars.

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ADiner
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheese souffle was light and savoury, wonderful as usual.
Other half had the Goat's Cheese Feuilleté which was also very good.
Rump steak cooked medium rare was spot.
The pudding - apple tarte tartin is sitting in my fridge as I was too full to do it justice, but from past experience it is wonderful with coffee for breakfast!

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JuliaG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bouchon is a real joy of a restaurant three minutes away from the Abbey and Market Place, with a car park opposite. The food, the wine and the service are all fabulous, as is the general 'feel' of the place; it's simply wonderful.

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SowmyaP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Bouchon; beautifully plated and packed with flavour.

HG
HughG
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was like stepping into France! We were on holiday in the area and found this gem.
Food, ambiance, service could not be faulted. Merci mille fois!
Christine and Hugh Green

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ChristopherF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Friendly atmosphere with attentive staff

PB
PatsyB
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed on this trip. We had the Early bird menu and the quality was not as good as on previous occasions

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Cloz
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough. It was our first visit and we had been excitingly looking at the menu for days before. The food was absolutely amazing, especially the cheese soufflé! The staff were wonderful - helpful and very welcoming. It was all great value too - and if you want a real bargain, check out the early bird offers. We will definitely be back.

DD
DanielleD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful venue. We will definitely be back!

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northernlass55
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Once again delicious meal with friendly service but it was a bit slow - maybe Covid difficulties but we weren’t in a rush except we throughout we might have to vacate our table which wasn’t the case at all. Love the new extension - airy, light and welcoming too

BR
BarryR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice to find an authentique French restaurant. They are rare in the North. .

SB
StephenB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for miles around. Excellent French Menu although fairly pricey but well worth it. Service very friendly especially from the owner. Excellent wine list and efficient service. No rush for each course so plenty of time for chat.

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FelicityD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have visited Bouchon a few times but this was the first time since the pandemic. We were amazed to see the tastefully done new extension and upper floor conversion. The food as always was excellent as was the service. Definitely worth a visit.

JR
JudithR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous- couldn’t fault a thing. Food, service, wine, ambiance first class

FAQs

Bouchon Bistrot - Hexham is rated 4.8 stars by 1381 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.