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The Courtyard Cafe Bar, Hereford, Herefordshire

The Courtyard Cafe Bar

4.0
4
360 Reviews
£25 and under
British
With its vibrant atmosphere, especially pre-show, the Café Bar at the city’s arts centre is a popular destination both for those enjoying what’s on stage or screen, but also with those in search of delicious, locally sourced food.

With an extensive menu The Courtyard Café Bar is an ideal location to visit for a hearty breakfast, lazy lunch, decadent afternoon tea or delicious dinner.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–19:00

  • Phone number

    01432 346525

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    CHILDREN'S PARTIES Host your child’s party at The Courtyard and enjoy activities, live shows and films along with a tasty buffet including pizza, curly fries, chicken goujons & veggie sticks!

  • Area

    Hereford

  • Cross Street

    The Courtyard

  • Parking Details

    There is an onsite public car park at The Courtyard. Car parking enforcement is in operation. Charges apply 24hours a day, 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays). Please ensure you park within a designated bay and display a valid ticket. Both daytime and evening charges apply.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 360 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. TG

    TheatreGoer

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice place to eat before a show. The menu could do with a refresh though!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The salad and quiche was delicious service was ok Will be back xx
  3. H

    sueH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The courtyard cafe is a lovely place to eat. The food is reasonably priced and well presented. It has a lovely ambience and the staff are friendly and helpful.
  4. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Very hectic, busy Food ok but expensive for what we got, had to find someone to ask for butter, should if come on plate with ploughmans Table booked f or 6pm but only thing on table to say so was my name,should of said time, twice had to ask people to leave the table so we could sit down
  5. VK

    VeeKayEl

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting, friendly staff, good variety of food for all budgets
  6. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Table reserved so that was ok. Sadly we had a trainee serve us who forgot to put our food order through to the kitchen. It was all sorted by another member of staff with a full refund on the food. We did get a couple of plates of our food albeit too late to eat (had tickets for show there imminently starting) which they did bring back out at the interval for us. So they did make a good effort to apologise.
  7. S

    Susan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My poor sister could not eat her chicken burger she had to have a childs meal as there was nothing else she liked when it came I wanted to send it straight back but she didn't want to make a fuss. I think she must of had a chip and coleslaw that she had off my plate. I must admit when the plate was cleared the lady looked at it and offered to replace it at the time I was ordering a shortbread for her and the lady got it her after showing the manager. I am annoyed that this meal was allowed to be brought out in the first place
  8. BC

    BarbaraC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall, this time, I think that the food and service could have been better. It was a very hot day and we would have preferred to sit outside but we were told that wasn’t possible. When I asked why the server said that’s just how it was. Usually, we have no complaints, but this time the food presentation was unappealing and not exactly as described within the set menu. However, this will not deter us from re-booking.
  9. CK

    ClaireK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely atmosphere pre show. Lots of new bar staff who were doing a great job and being trained on the go by other staff. Professional and friendly service. Lovely food and decent pricing too
  10. PA

    PollyA

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A mix up over my booking was sorted out very promptly
  11. IG

    IreneG

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I liked the happy noise at the Cafe Bar as it was indicative of everyone enjoying themselves. The fish and chip meal was delicious and was served quickly by a friendly waiter.
  12. JH

    JillH

    Herefordshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fish and chips and a lovely atmosphere very relaxing
  13. PN

    PaulN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The food was very poor hard over baked chips burned burger in a hard bun No effort to make it look attractive A team member provided two free coffees
  14. GG

    GilesG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The lasagne was not hot enough and the salmon and dill quiche hardly had any of either in it. The salad was superb.
  15. MT

    MagentaTulip

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good, varied choices on the menu. Staff were courteous and friendly. Nice, relaxed atmosphere and no pressure to vacate the table. This is a wonderful place to eat as well as to attend the events that take place here. Highly recommended.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Everything was good, service etc, for the first time ever l was very disappointed with my meal, the main course was tepid and overcooked, saving grace was the dessert, it tasted delicious but the sponge and custard were only luke warm
  17. KH

    KevinH

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Very busy due to dance shows so performers were having food as well. Staff were coping well however the background noise was very high, mainly excitement from the show. Minted peas were basically cooked peas with mint sauce from a jar which was what I suspect happened. Too sharp and vinegary. Comment made to serving staff.
  18. LH

    LauraH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were served quickly when ordering and had a short wait for food. Staff were friendly and helpful even though it was very busy. We all enjoyed our meals and the portion sizes were perfect for children and adults. It would be great if there was more choice on the children's menu and it offered smaller portions of the 'adult' meals.
  19. AR

    AnnetteR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The lasagne was stone cold and dry, we returned the meals and were given complimentary drinks The second lasagne arrived hot but so dry and tasteless. The staff were very polite and apologetic.
  20. J

    Joybelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a good variety on the menu, and all was good quality . Service was good and we were not rushed. There waxx so a lovely buzz in the Cafe and it was good to see it busy, we Will certainly visit and eat again.
  21. KS

    KirstyS

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Used to eat here a lot but last two times quiche and salads have been very poor, tasteless salads, quiche that was once extremely flat and pastry like rock and yesterday quiche very salty , couldn’t eat much of the salads - very sad as used to love their quiche and salads
  22. P

    Pippaw

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Was too cold with the automatic doors kept open - did ask for them to be shut but they weren’t.
  23. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. Quick and efficient service Staff were really friendly and helpful. All very good
  24. ML

    MandyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It was a noisy, cold atmosphere. The salad choice was poor and most were smothered in mayonnaise so left little choice. The car park machines were both not letting you go beyond an hours stay and people were getting soaking wet in the rain trying to obtain tickets as nobody had put an out of order sign on. The main reception must have known as everyone was having to pay for parking there.
  25. FC

    FionaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Disappointed with the crustless smoked cheese and leek quiche and the cauliflower mayo salad not a patch on the usual recipe for your Coronation Cauliflower. Also in the interval the drinks I ordered were not available and when I re-ordered them the wine was served in a pint glass ! I think the cafe staff were very friendly and helpful as always but we’re probably overwhelmed by the numbers
  26. s

    supporter

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    It's too utilitarian to be adjacent to a Theatre and Arts Centre. More attractive tables and chairs needed and improved table service would improve the experience The Cafe Bar needs to smarten up, especially next to the new foyer
  27. P

    Posh

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very pleasant eating area, Staff attentive, friendly and efficient. Food well presented and enjoyable but not to the quality and quantity pre-pandemic so a little disappointing.
  28. AF

    AllanF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very well organised, very good service and good food. Perhaps a little expensive. Only downside is that it is very noisy, can't hear yourself speak.
  29. JC

    JonC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely experience from start to finish. Excellent food at a sensible price. Very happy and attentive staff. Busy and a great vibe and buzz.
  30. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Could do with some smaller options. I realise you need to make money but a lighter option in the cafe bar in the evening like Panini's would be nice.
  31. G

    Gabby

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We ordered 2 butternut squash soup of the day and I had a quiche salad.I was told by my guests the soup was very thin and flavourless My quiche was nice but I did change my order of salad after seeing the leafy salad was nearly empty and looked like it needed to be refilled Staff were friendly and service good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, friendly staff and lovely surroundings in the cafe bar
  33. K

    Kelley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, so helpful and polite. Thank you for a wonderful evening
  34. JH

    JillH

    Herefordshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxing meal and nice atmosphere, enjoyable before show
  35. SJ

    StephenJH

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good. Service was great.
  36. HS

    HayleyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Despite how busy the venue was service was prompt and food very fresh
  37. JM

    JeanetteM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar staff and waiting staff were very friendly, polite and helpful. We both had the steak sandwich and apple pie. The meal was served promptly and was very tasty
  38. A

    Alicia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Love the courtyard - the staff and volunteers are always helpful and friendly. The cheeseboard I ordered at the cafe was very basic, I was surprised by the standard (and that the ingredients were not local). I think the food quality has gone down a bit but it’s still a nice place to enjoy a drink and have a bite to eat.
  39. JM

    JohnM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice meal, good service, good time from order to receiving food.
  40. A

    Appleknocker

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Our first visit to the Cafe Bar since the beginning of COVID and following the extensive refurbishment. We were very disappointed in comparison to previous experiences. It was a very busy night with a hugely popular show so the Cafe was full and very noisy. Our table was situated little more than 4 ft from the edge of the bar counter and,with people queuing to order/collect drinks, various human bottoms were right up against our table! We felt that some sort of barrier should separate the bar from eating area. Also, people were using the area between our table and the next row, to get to the other end of the Cafe area because they couldn’t get past the crowds at the bar. It felt like being in the middle of a revolving door! The meal was quite some time before arriving and was very bland although nicely presented(lasagne). The plate was cold as the meal was served with salad and(very) chunky coleslaw so the lasagne lost its heat quite quickly. We really didn’t enjoy the experience and think it has put us off eating here again unless some changes are made. Such a pity as we have enjoyed visiting here many times over the years, and don’t feel confident enough to recommend highly to friends, sadly.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • 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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Courtyard Cafe Bar is rated 4 stars by 360 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Courtyard Cafe Bar

The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 9JR

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    The Courtyard

  • Area

    Hereford

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–19:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is an onsite public car park at The Courtyard. Car parking enforcement is in operation. Charges apply 24hours a day, 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays). Please ensure you park within a designated bay and display a valid ticket. Both daytime and evening charges apply.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01432 346525

  • Private party facilities

    CHILDREN'S PARTIES Host your child’s party at The Courtyard and enjoy activities, live shows and films along with a tasty buffet including pizza, curly fries, chicken goujons & veggie sticks!

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