Banks Bar Bistro

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245 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Banks Bar Bistro is scenically set in a grade II listed building called the Old Granary, in the centre of Bishop’s Waltham, an attractive little town between Winchester and Portsmouth. Its experienced chefs, who are Michelin star trained, serve up quality Modern British cooking with a continental twist, at very sensible prices. Start with the twice-baked Roquefort soufflé, which melts in the mouth, or for something sturdier go for the game terrine with fig confit. Mains include a classic fillet of beef en croûte and juicy tiger prawns with garlic and herbs. For pudding, the dreamy crème brûlée just cries out for the company of a glass of Muscat de rivesaltes. To refuse would be a crime. The set lunch is particularly good value, with two courses for £10.95 or three for £12.95, and in the summer you can eat outside and enjoy the sunshine.

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What 245 People Are Saying
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LW
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch was superb! We both had the cheese soufflé as a starter, which is always a favourite and for our main, I had the belly of pork and my partner had the beef. All the food was cooked to a very high standard and was served hot (a usual bugbear of mine!). Desserts were good too. We look forward to returning again soon.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service

H
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the standard of the food far outweighed the standard of the service

RD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service, looking forward to going back again

TC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice, but not outstanding. Food could benefit from better presentation, being crispier and overall having a bit more 'umph'

K
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly staff! Would definitely come again...

TB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

'Banks' is our 'go to' place - the food is fantastic and the staff are great.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great little find! Brilliant food, great service, and overall wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Seems to a good local eatery. Lacked atmosphere but was a quiet weds night. Expensive for what we had. Food was good. Couple of tables of local elderly regulars.

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food

Amazing helpful waitress

Perfect date nite venue 👍

A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as always, was excellent. They don't vary the menu very often but what they do they do really well. Plenty of wines available. It's always a great place for a treat but the only downside is the prices. It can end up being an expensive evening. However, you get what you pay for in life.

SL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was mine and my girlfriends first time would highly recommend this place to anyone and we will definitely be coming back

DM
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our first visit to this establishment was with two friends on a Wednesday lunchtime. The Restaurant is very accessible and parking was easy at a Public Pay and Display Car Park nearby. The only front of house person was expecting us and was very welcoming. The lunchtime set meal menus was somewhat restricted but the food was well presented and delicious. Would have no problem with making a return visit.
As we visited at lunchtime there was only two other diners so the atmosphere was somewhat subdued. Would anticipate that the Restaurant would be busier at night and a more lively ambience.

PJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food. Amateur table service with a local pub singer called Jodie. The music was to loud, with out of tune lyrics. That said the atmosphere was fun/ great. Worth a visit for the reasonably priced good quality food.

RB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Expensive
Slow service
Unwelcoming by owner
Food cold
Staff friendly

SR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Over priced drinks, service ok but casual. Food ok menu restrictive not a great range especially if you are not a meat eater and a lot of the alternative options are off the menu.
Would not recommend.

LH
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Bistro is very convenient and always has friendly staff. Our last visit was a little disappointing re food my steak was a little tough. Would still go again though

NB
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent Valentine's Day menu with a good variety of choices. The food was well presented and very tasty. Service was really quick especially as the restaurant was quite full on this occasion. One of our favourite dining out places.

GG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly and attentive as always. The food was lovely. Had a lovely evening

P
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pleasant evening good service but found very expensive for food and drinks

MK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Very expensive for what you get, we left hungry and disappointed.

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend and I had lunch, and we both enjoyed good service, good food and privacy.
The cheese souffle was excellent, both mains were beautifully presented and cooked, and the desserts delicious.
We highly recommend this venue.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was very good, service not so. Just left waiting on arrival and ignored by staff. We had to shout out for attention and were eventually seated. Then ignored again and so after 10 minutes called over to the waitress to see if we could order drinks. A bad start but a lovely meal followed. There was a 10% service charge added to the bill, due to poor service we reduced this.

MT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wasn’t the 1st time that I have been to banks over the years we always return and Peter and his staff never fail to impress from the wonderful food to the service evetging is exceptional.

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Banks Bistro is a favourite of ours mainly for special occasions
We have always had a good meal here

NE
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went to Banks for an anniversary celebration. It was busy for a Wednesday night, which created a lovely atmosphere. Food was delicious and a generous size portion especially the pudding. We will definetly be back again soon x

UN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately the restaurant and Open Table had NO communications between each other, and no reservation had been made upon arrival even though Open Table had confirmed this with me by email that morning. Luckily the excellent restaurant staff made big efforts to facilitate us a table for 8 people for a special 80th birthday meal. Thanks to them.

AL
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We visit Banks quite frequently. The food is always good - especially the twice-baked cheese soufflé! - and the service is always friendly and attentive. If the bistro is busy it can be quite noisy and echoey, but still well worth a visit on a birthday, anniversary...or just a day with a Y in it!

W
London
142 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Returned to Banks after a few years. Quality as good as before and value of the fixed price option is good.

l
London
35 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good service but food was a bit tasteless , has Sunday lunch and packet gravy was served

AB
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly atmosphere.we all had a great time . Definitely recommend this lovely Bistro.

T
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We received vouchers as a xmas present. Enjoyed the experience of the meal and drinks before, during and after. Found it a bit too warm in the back room of this venue but nothing a fan in this hot weather couldn’t fix. The staff were friendly and professional.

O
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become a very popular venue for us to visit with friends and family over the last three years or so. We have introduced many friends to Bank who again have enjoyed themselves and I know have visited again themselves. Excellent food and good choice on the menu. We shall return in the near future. Thank you.

U
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Staff had their favourites and served a larger table. We felt singled out as we used our taste card

B
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening - very quiet because of the football so the place was ‘ours’! The girls that attended us were lovely as was the young man who was working in the kitchen!
Was our 25th anniversary - and have been going to Banks for quite atime now lots of different celebrations - anniversarys, new years eves and mile stone birthdays!
I would recommend Banks to everyone!

BH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit with friends for lunch. We were bery impressed by the restaurant, from the layout of the tables, which were not crowded together, to the friendliness of the staff. The menu met all our requirements and the food was well presented and very delicious. We will definately go again.

G
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant surroundings with lovely food. The fish stew starter was delicious. Our waitress Wendy was also a highlight. Made us very welcome and helped us to relax and enjoy our company.
Thank you

R
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to see live band Ruby here and had a meal too. We all enjoyed our meals from the special 3 course set menu. Loved the smoked haddock risotto starter and pork belly main. My other half had the steak and would have liked more sauce but still enjoyed the meal. Atmosphere was great and band was brilliant!

S
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great music, we enjoyed a lovely evening.

JR
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very welcoming. We were meeting, as a family, before a memorial service in the nearby church.
The choice of menus was comprehensive and varied. The portion sizes, good and our LOVELY waitress was charming, attentive and more than helpful. The goats cheese salad was particularly enjoyed by our party.
Downside, a lovely hot day and an outdoor table would have been an added bonus.
Thank you
Jil Runge

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