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The Lemon Tree

14-16 Water Ln, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2LB

(((() British
Main course: £20
Food spend: £40
Opening hours
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00

Ecxellent service and food cannot fault it.

Stefanie Steil 25 February 2017
from Bishop's Stortford

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Listed in The Michelin Guide, The Lemon Tree offers contemporary, relaxed fine dining in an historic 16th-century building. Local head chef / proprietor Luke Fishpool has been creating innovative menus for 18 years using local suppliers of seasonal, quality produce wherever possible.

Choose from classic dishes like Godminster cheese soufflé, local grass-fed steak and chips or sticky toffee pudding with black treacle ice cream. Alternatively go for the ‘Taste of…’ set menu where seasonal ingredients are regularly showcased.

The wine list shows a similar blend of classic and contemporary with wines from all over the world and occasional hidden gems popping up on our blackboard. Wine and food pairings are showcased with the likes of Croatian Malvasia enjoyed alongside English asparagus. The Private Dining Room is a favourite with local businesses as well as a space for private celebrations, food demonstrations and wine master classes.

Centrally located in the town centre and just 10 minutes from the M11 junction 8 and Stansted airport, The Lemon Tree has its own private car park.

The Lemon Tree

14-16 Water Ln, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2LB

Contact +44 1279757788

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Customer reviews for The Lemon Tree

4.5 (((() (based on 34 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • dinner (29)
  • lunch (16)
  • romantic (13)
  • private dining (12)
  • luxury (10)
  • value (8)
  • large parties (5)
  • business (3)
  • trendy (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((* 20 March 2017 by Barbara Dean from London

    Very Old fashioned building located down a back street and if you didnt know better you would pass it by. Nice friendly staff all very helpful and the food well prepared well cooked and well presented. Ended up eating more than was good for me. A very good experience in all .

  • ((((* 27 February 2017 by Lyn Galloway from Clavering

    Our first visit to the Lemon Tree. Pleasant surroundings, good food friendly helpful staff.

  • ((((( 25 February 2017 by Stefanie Steil from Bishop's Stortford

    Ecxellent service and food cannot fault it.

  • ((((( 15 February 2017 by Cliff Figg from Bishops Stortford

    My wife and I had a wonderful valentines dinner. The raspberry gin cocktail and the Tokaji desert wine were excellent, all served by very friendly and efficient staff. I would highly recommend the Lemon Tree.

  • (((** 22 January 2017 by Laura Woods from Ware

    Lovely food and atmosphere. Good service and attention to detail throughout the evening. Unfortunately there was a mix up with the bill at the end which was not really apologised for, although it was corrected.

  • ((((* 19 January 2017 by Emma Nixon from Bishop's Stortford

    Good freshly cooked food made with quality ingredients. Good service. Quiet atmosphere.

  • ((((( 8 January 2017 by Martin from Bishop's Stortford

    A very nice evening. Started with a drink in the cozy reception area whilst perusing the menu. Moved to our table which was spotlessly clean and well presented. We had three courses, all of which were cooked to perfection.

    We were disappointed to find that the restaurant doesn't pass all the tip to the staff if it is paid on card (tip is included in the bill by default too) so we made sure to give the tip in cash, which was well deserved as the service was second to none.

    Only a small point, but we also found that the restaurant had stopped providing nibbles with pre-dinner drinks

  • ((((* 5 January 2017 by Elaine Ballard from Stansted Mountfitchet

    Have dined at the Lemon Tree before and enjoy it very much. Beautifully prepared food and an elegant yet comfortable setting. Service good although we did have to wait a surprisingly long time for our first course (about 40 minutes) and needed to catch the attention of a waitress to order another drink. Put this down to bad timing as we were there on New Year's Eve at lunch time and found the service very personable and professional otherwise.

  • ((((( 23 October 2016 by Dirk Voller from Bishop's Stortford

    A cosy and very enjoyable dining experience somewhat hidden away from the high street. Fantastic British dishes, wonderfully cooked and reasonable pricing. I live in London and was surprised to find such quality in a town like this.

  • ((((( 6 October 2016 by Jane Fraser from Bishop's Stortford

    Been here often, never disappoints. The food is always imaginative and expertly prepared. Highly recommend.

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