Lunch Menu

Lunch @ 1709 Main Course £12 Two Courses £15 Three Courses £18
We allocate two-hour sittings for three courses
Aperitif- Manzanilla Pastrana Sherry £ or Pastis £2.50

Roast Vine Tomato Soup topped with Basil tapenade with locally baked bread and butter Vegan* Gfr
1709 Chicken Liver pate served with toasted whole meal bread and Rosemary & Onion Jam Gfr
Beetroot and Fennel Arancini leaf salad and Coconut and Chilli dressing Vegan
Gin and Tonic cured Gravalax served on a Caeser Salad with brown bread croutons Gfr
Marinated Brie in Orange and Basil served on a Courgette and Carrot salad v Gf
Mushroom and Tarragon Pate with Mixed nut crumb Rich tomato dressing and Rye Cracker v

Oven Roast Chicken with Orange and Mange tout salad and orange dressing and parmentier Potatoes Gf
1709 Slow Braised Belly Pork with Garlic and Thyme Parmentier Potatoes, Seasonal greens and Apricot and Cider Jus Gf £1 supplement
Roast Sweet potato cake served with herb Cous-cous with Spiced Coconut dressing. Vegan Gf
Red Onion & Fennel filo parcel with Mixed leaf salad, Garlic and Thyme Parmentier Potatoes and Tomato jus. Vegan
Char Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with garlic and Thyme Parmentier Potatoes Green Beans and Pink peppercorn and Brandy sauce £5 Supplement Gf
Tuna Greek salad with Roast garlic and lemon dressing Gf

Side Dishes -Seasonal greens £3 Garlic and Thyme Parmentier Potatoes £3


Desserts Add a Glass of Pedro Ximenez Triana Sherry £3.50
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry and Mint Compote Gf £1 Supplement
1709 Sticky toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla Ice-cream v
Apple Crumble topped with a Walnut and Brandy cream Gf v.
Chilled Vanilla Rice Pudding topped with toasted almonds and homemade Strawberry Jam Vegan
Gf (Gluten Free) Gfr (can be adapted to be Gluten free) Vegan* (without the butter)


Our menu is marked Gf, these dishes are suitable for people with an intolerance to Gluten. Dishes marked GFr are dishes we can substitute elements of the dish to make it Gluten free, please advise us at the point of ordering. For all other allergens please speak to a member of staff.
Please be aware that to keep our prices low, we close when the till stops ringing! At night in the week, we allocate two hours per sitting.

About us… the concept.
Back in the 90’s I opened my first bistro in Mill Street, Stafford….Pastiche Bistro. With the help of my team (including our then head Chef at Lichfield, Mark) we opened our second bistro here in Lombard Street in 1999 and grew to a group of nine. I exited the business through a sale in 2005 and myself and now business partner Mark (the creative one doing the cooking!) bought it back from the receiver in 2008 We launched 1709 the Brasserie, rebranding to Bistro 1709 later. Following the pandemic, we are returning to our roots of fixed price, fresh, chef prepared meals with a simple friendly service.  and an A la Carte menu running Friday & Saturday Evenings to make the weekends a little more special! And the name, it’s not the age of the building, it’s Samuel Johnson’s birth year.

Thanks for visiting us, we hope you enjoy your experience.

John Ashmore & Mark Medley