Water Lane Bar & Kitchen

4.3
176 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Located in the heart of Bishop's Stortford, Water Lane Bar & Kitchen offers the best in high street casual dining set in the beautifully refurbished brewery house on Water Lane. The perfect social environment to enjoy live music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with cocktails and a range of food. Our basement cellar bar is the perfect place to start and finish your evening with our signature Water Lane cocktails!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
Food on the ground floor:
Wednesday & Thursday: 12midday-2pm; 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 12midday-12.30am
Sunday: 12am-6pm (Roasts); 6pm-9pm

Drinks on the main floor:

Wednesday & Thursday 12midday-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 12midday-1am
Sunday 12am-10pm

Drinks in the cellar bar:

Friday & Saturday: 5pm-2am
All other days: available to hire
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Phone number
01279 211888
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Kumour Uddin
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Parking Details
There is no parking on site however there are numerous car parking areas within a 5 minute walk which are free from 6pm onwards
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Public Transit
Bishop's Stortford train station is on the London Liverpool Street (40mins) main line, which is a 10 minute walk from Water Lane. Bishop's Stortford is close to junction 8 of the M11 motorway and is the closest town to Stansted Airport. The town has many bus routes, including the 308 main bus route for travel within town and to Stansted Airport.
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Entertainment
DJ SP every Friday night from 10pm in the Cellar Bar beneath the restaurant

DJ @ War every Saturday night from 10pm in the Cellar Bar beneath the restaurant

Every Friday and Saturday from 9pm onwards we have live music running through until 1am.

Sundays we have our ‘Sunday Session’ which has live music running from 6-9pm.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 176 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

A Fathers Day meal. Restaurant not long been opening on Sunday Evening, so it wasn't full at all. Live music was great and just the right style for informal dining.Sunday evening's menu only 'small plate' options. We had a selection and these were OK on the whole. More or less everything is fried (apart from steamed pork buns) and even the sides are too (apart from the olives). Menu offers 3 for 2, but at £6.50 a plate this still works out quite expensive for what you get. Nothing was so bad that we wouldn't go again or felt the need to complain, but it was just OK - nothing more. The drinks/cocktail/wine menu is great and not over priced for the quality. Service was great and I'd definitely recommend here for a good night out.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Great service as always.Had the sunday roast-delicious.smalles quibble could have done wih a few more veg.Magician at the table was a hit as always

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

My vegan husband was catered for very well. My steak was absolutely delicious. It was pretty empty although it was a Wednesday evening. I’ll be back - their Sunday roasts are great and we’ve had superb live music when we’ve been on a Friday

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

I enjoy visiting the water lane. It’s great to have live music in the restaurant. The bar downstairs have a dj- sometimes it’s good other times not so good. Depends what music you’re in the mood for. Overall, great place for a night out with friends

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3.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Very poor menu ..
No more oysters or Cote de beef

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2.0Dined on 21 April 2018

The food is very poor. The only thing that saved the evening from being a complete disappointment was the brilliant band.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Change of emphasis recently from restaurant to bar/bistro.

Excellent cocktails and good wine selection.

Food mains limited to 4:small plates around 7 choices.
Standard of cooking excellent as was the Service. Desserts oversweet and lemon tart lacked intensity. The sweet potato fries were outstanding though

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Starter, mains and service were fantastic. Would have rated 5/5 but food let down by desserts. Brownie was ok but prune and parsnip sticky toffee pudding was not great at all. Very odd after taste. Could have done with more choice.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We booked here for a last minute evening meal and were all SO impressed! Fantastic food, we had the duck and beef burger - amazing attention to detail! Finishing with the tiramisu cheesecake.
Cocktails were superb, so much so I had to have two espresso martinis. Good selection of beers also. Lovely atmosphere and decoration. Fantastic service and to top it off, live music. We all cannot wait to visit again.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We had a brilliant time at Water Lane. The food was amazing as was the service. We would highly recommend it for any occaision.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Really lovely food, excellent service and reasonably priced. Let down by the band that came on at 9pm - we couldn’t hear ourselves speak! Shame as it wrecked the end of our dinner.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Booked beforehand, as we were going to a concert just found the corner. We were the only ones in the restaurant for a time, we were looked after. and the food was delivered promptly, very nice. As we were leaving the restaurant began to fill up, We could see that this is a very popular restaurant and that an atmosphere was beginning to emerge.

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3.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Great food as always from the Kitchen, nice front of house staff . Would have been a perfect mother’s day lunch if it had not been for the music which was on shuffle and went from jack jones (👍) to guns n roses (👎).
That aside , the food is well crafted and good quality.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Visited for Mothers day on 11-3-18, excellent service , great food, four members of our party had the lamb shoulder sharing main dish, strange only one Yorkshire pudding served between two persons, extra requested and waiting service obliged with one extra, otherwise great meal and service.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

This restaurant is great all rounder. My husband and I have been here more than a couple of times, and we have not been disappointed yet. The food is amazing, the staff are always friendly and attentative. I would highly recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Best Sunday roast around, excellent service and even a table magician!

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

We had Sunday lunch. Lovely food and very friendly and courteous service. Would definitely return, maybe in the evening next time

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Really great place here. Brilliant atmosphere and fantastic attentive staff. Meal was lovely and the live music was awesome. Really couldnt ask for more. Such a great place! Will definitely be returning soon!

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Lovely Sunday lunch. Lots and lots of children in the restaurant who were mainly pretty well behaved but it was very loud in there! My dad and I shared the lamb tear & share dinner. It was really good. Very tender lamb, crispy roast potatoes and some great accompanying veg. My one tiny complaint would be that the swede was very very soft, a baby-food like purée, impossible to pick up on a fork, it was practically soup! Tasted nice though!
The desserts are a little bit of a low point, there’s only four on the menu and they’re all quite ‘odd’. We had the chocolate brownie and the parsnip pudding and while both were nice, a bit more choice and maybe a few more ‘usual’ desserts might be appreciated. Other than that though the food was amazing and pretty good value.
Lovely staff, good beers and cocktails. Highly recommended

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Ok experience. Waitress did not understand the request for a medium-well steak. Waitress did not know what the chicken came with so I ordered a side of potatoes and the dish came with potatoes.
Part of the chicken dish was very dry but the waitress did take 10% off the bill with no issues.
Good menu.
First time eating there, I would go again but know what to expect now

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Exceeded my expectations- cannot wait to return. The food was amazing and staff very helpful and friendly.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

My wife and I visited this restaurant for the second time on a Valentines Day and we were not disappointed. We were welcomed with a smile at the reception desk and our young waiter was soon at the table taking our order for drinks. He was very friendly and courteous. The decor and ambience of the restaurant is really nice The food was delicious and our rib eye steaks were especially good and cooked to perfection. The only small irritation was that music in the restaurant clashed with that in the bar below but this did not distract us from a great dining experience. Prices are reasonable and on a similar level to other places in Bishops Stortford.
We will certainly be going there again.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Enjoyable evening with great food. Amazing range of cocktails at the bar.

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

I took my girlfriend for her birthday, we loved it, the food was perfectly done, as we’re expecting our first baby and the meat had to be well cooked. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Looking forward to coming again, and will recommend to friends. 👍🏼👍🏼👶🏽🕺🏽❤️

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

On a really foul day, weather wise, it was great to have such a warm welcome to this restaurant. We met friends from London and enjoyed an excellent lunch. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the service is both friendly and efficient. The food is great, and the cooking is thoughtful and inspired; we liked the fact that the restaurant tells you where they source their ingredients. The wine list too is very good; I as the driver welcomed their non alcoholic cocktails. Given the quality of the food and wine, we feel that we had good value for money. Our friends (who are much travelled and eat out a lot) agree fully. We shall be back to Water Lane, and shall seek out their sister restaurants, especially at Blakeney.

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Egos food Nd atmosphere. Food with a twist. Very enjoyable

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

I went to the WaterLane for lunch with a few friends. They do a lunchtime special for a sandwich, chips and a drink for 8.50. These sandwiches were huge and delicious. The look of the restaurant was lovely and I imagine that in an evening with more people the feel would be buzzing and vibrant. Would thoroughly recommend.

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3.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Nice atmosphere and the food was tasty, ordered the burger which was a little overdone but it didn't overly detract frome the taste. The staff were very pleasent and attentive without hovering. Wine was a bit expensive.

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5.0Dined on 24 January 2018

Really lovely staff, beautiful interior and food really hit the spot

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5.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Very nice meal in a nice setting. Good value for money. Had magicians there to entertain us too which was a nice touch.

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4.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Lovely place, nice food, good wine..nice gyros, only one place stortford who does it.

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5.0Dined on 7 January 2018

Fantastic Sunday roast with great gravy. Seemed to attract families with young children but the balloon man kept them entertained with his skilful creations. Will definitely go back for more!

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5.0Dined on 5 January 2018

Amazing food, very friendly staff, great wine, best steak I have ever had. I will be definitely coming back

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Will definitely return! xxxxxx

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3.0Dined on 23 December 2017

Slightly disappointed, have been here a few times before, but does seem to have changed. Food was good, dessert was extremely pretentious and I'm not really sure why? Service was lacking considering we had an early table and the restaurant was half empty.
Hopefully it was just the Christmas spirit and all will return in the New Year!

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5.0Dined on 19 December 2017

The Festive Menu was lovely - some really creative options and enjoyed by all.

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5.0Dined on 7 December 2017

Amazing service & the food was fantastic.

Would definitely recommend anyone to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Does everything have to be covered in batter and deep fried?? Shared platter starter. Nothing worked together. Cup of olives, deep fried prawns and veg fritter, two chicken wings, a few slices of pita bread and not sure what the other thing was...but it was fried!!...like a prawn cracker...but not sure of flavour?? No dips with the dry bread...so not sure why it was there tbh.
Reubens burger...that was very tasty. A load of French fries stuffed into an aluminium baked bean can...all served on a narrow wooden log. What tipped me over the edge was the deep-fried, battered covered gherkin skewered through the burger. Why do that??? Leave the poor gherkin alone!!
£27 bottle of Malbec. I like a Malbec...but this was very power quality.
Haven’t been here for a few years...as a poor experience last time. My friend and I both agreed it was very poor. We will not be returning again. Very expensive £90 for poor food.
Waiting/Bar staff lovely, courteous and not over-bearishly attentive.

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3.0Dined on 1 December 2017

I'm a fan of this restaurant. I've had a few lunches and dinners here and the food is delicious, an interesting menu and a pleasant atmosphere in general.

Last Friday I found myself completely distracted because:

1) The music in the restaurant was a tad too loud, which meant everyone was trying to talk over the music as so there was this inevitable loudness of everyone competing to talk loud enough to be heard. I had a sore throat by the end of the night.

2) There is a bar in the basement and very nice cozy it is too. But there's a DJ down there and the stairway to the basement is on the edge of the main restaurant eating area, so the pumpin' choons were blasting up from the basement and were clearly audible within the restaurant area. So in one ear there's the [loud] restaurant music and in the other there's the basement music - it's really disorientating and impossible to block out. Migraine inducing stuff.

I'm just trying to have a simple meal out with my wife and would have been more comfortable to have ear defenders through impromptu sign-language or mobile phone.

Food was superb though, so I'd still recommend this restaurant but aim for lunch, weekday or early-bird dining to avoid the music torture.

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

The food and service were great. However - the "office Christmas party "was in full flow on another table, quite raucous and noisy. We were having dinner with long term friends and conversation was impossible because of the noise.

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