Water Lane Bar & Kitchen
Wednesday & Thursday 5-9.30pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-9.30pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm (Roasts)
Sunday 6pm-9pm (Small Plates)
DRINKS ON THE MAIN FLOOR
Wednesday & Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-1am
DRINKS IN THE CELLAR BAR
Friday & Saturday 5pm-2am
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 7-10pm.
We took our granddaughter to have super, the food was average, staff friendly, atmosphere very quiet,
It was disappointing.
We had a great Sunday lunch here. The weather was terrible but the restaurant was cosy and warm. The layout is well thought out with a variety of different seating to choose from. There was a magician wandering around showing us some card tricks which was fun. We had the halloumi fries and chicken wings to start and they were both delicious. Then we both had roasts - the chicken was good but the pork was excellent. Chocolate sundae to finish which was brilliant but a bit late (30 minute wait). However, the staff were very polite and obliging. Overall, great dining experience - will be back.
Not a great experience eatinf here this time round. We have come as a group before around a year ago and had amazing time...hense why we 're visited. Sadly we didn't have the same experience. Firstly the menu seemed very limited....sure it seemed bigger last time??..... myself and a a friend picked calamari and was shocked at the size of it....the smallest portion I have ever seen!!!! Then we both agreed it was tasteless....such a shame!! We had also been told 3 of us couldn't have the steak we wanted as they had sold out.....so had to go with the more expensive steak!!!! Not happy!! ..... this was very tasty...but we had to pay alot more for it!!! Such a shame as not the experience we had had before. The guy singing music was very good thou.
Was good roast but was given different menus for desert and so chose item which was not available on that day, which disappointed my daughter. We found the magician’s sense of humour a bit strange. Have been before and liked it better then.
Ordered a platter between the 4 of us to share as a starter. This was good. But 2 of the 4 main courses were not so good, both beef burgers.
Been here before and it was great though, so may give it another go.
It was a spur of the moment find for a delicious Sunday roast. Food was amazing, restaurant warm and friendly and waiter was very personable and professional. Would definitely bust again and recommend.
Food is always good at Water Lane and tonight didn't disappoint (apart from salad not being dressed). We met friends we haven't seen for ages and we all had a decent time. The live music was a nice touch, but was too loud to allow conversation at a normal level. The singer was great though and we did enjoy his set, just wished it was a little quieter. Our table service was very polite and efficient when we got it. Shame we had to ask multiple times for drinks instead of being asked. No one checked our food was OK either, but since we didn't have a problem it went without mention. I'd still go back and would recommend to others too.
Although the food was nice it was very expensive for a roast dinner and a burger. The burger was £14.00 and nothing special.
My son originally wanted the spare ribs but for only three of them it was £18.00 and for 5 it would have cost £25.00. not sure about any one else, but lad likes his food and three ribs would have not been enough.
The staff were very friendly and accomadating.
Service was excellent. Decor is lovely. Sharing board was great but both our mains were slightly overdone, taste was very underwhelming and therefore considered them to be overpriced.
Really great evening with live music. Great food & service
Food and cocktails were brilliant. Was very pleased, looking forward to going back!
O was disappointed that roast lamb is not on the menu now
Fab Sunday lunch - lovely helpful staff and good food
Food was amazing, drinks lovely. Unfortunately the aircon was too cold making it a bit unpleasant to sit in. It did seem to improve later, or perhaps that was the nice wine. Live music was a nice touch
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.
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
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
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
Very poor menu ..
No more oysters or Cote de beef
The food is very poor. The only thing that saved the evening from being a complete disappointment was the brilliant band.
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
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.
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.
We had a brilliant time at Water Lane. The food was amazing as was the service. We would highly recommend it for any occaision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Sunday roast around, excellent service and even a table magician!
We had Sunday lunch. Lovely food and very friendly and courteous service. Would definitely return, maybe in the evening next time
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!
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
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.
First time eating there, I would go again but know what to expect now
Exceeded my expectations- cannot wait to return. The food was amazing and staff very helpful and friendly.
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.
Enjoyable evening with great food. Amazing range of cocktails at the bar.
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. 👍🏼👍🏼👶🏽🕺🏽❤️
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.
Egos food Nd atmosphere. Food with a twist. Very enjoyable