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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

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.

Dirk Voller 23 October 2016
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

4.6 (((() (based on 29 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • dinner (25)
  • lunch (13)
  • romantic (12)
  • private dining (11)
  • luxury (10)
  • large parties (5)
  • value (5)
  • business (3)
  • trendy (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((* 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.

  • (((** 26 September 2016 by Alison England from Stansted

    The food was absolutely gorgeous, nicely presented and cooked beautifully. I had the nicest piece of hake that I have ever had. The downside for us was that the little things were not covered. Only some water glasses on the table, no salt but 2 pepper pots and both the White and rose wine drinkers had to have ice as the wine was not cold. The staff were all incredibly young. No one there over the age of maybe 24 and No one seemed to be managing them...just a little point as not sure they would be capable if something happened that shouldn't. Having said that, will definitely go back for the food

  • ((((( 25 September 2016 by Neil Baylis from Bishops Stortford

    Relaxing and friendly environment in a well restored old property. Interesting menu, food superbly cooked. Wine list very good value.

  • ((((( 11 September 2016 by Martin Davies from Bury Saint Edmunds

    Good food, good prices, great staff

  • ((((* 17 August 2016 by Peter Ellis from Bishop's Stortford

    The food was superb, very tasty and very well presented. Waiting staff very pleasant but could have been better organised.

  • ((((( 15 August 2016 by Pamela Hewitt from Stansted

    We had a really relaxing evening for Robert's Birthday. We have been to The Lemon Tree before and save our visits for something special. His dessert plate had Happy Birthday piped round the rim!!! The food is always very good and the staff are excellent. I shall go more often perhaps with a girlfriend for lunch.

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