Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu Wednesday- Saturday 12-2pm
Two courses £15 Three Courses £18
Aperitif- Manzanilla Pastrana Sherry £3 or Pastis £2.50

Pea and Mint soup served with a wedge of bread-and-butter v GFr
Chicken Liver Pate, Apricot and Cumin Chutney and toasted whole meal bread GFr
Roast Red Pepper and Chickpea Pate served with Cumin Flatbread Vegan Gf
Mushroom and Lentil Balls served on a Rich Tomato and Basil Stew. Vegan Gf
Smoked Mackerel Fishcake served on a Tomato and Coriander Salsa with Lemon Yoghurt
Crumbled Goat’s cheese served on a Carrot and Orange salad with Honey and Mustard dressing V Gf

Mushroom and Tarragon risotto topped with Char grilled Chicken drizzled with Salsa Verdi Gf
Lamb Meatballs on a Pea, Mint and Feta Salad with a Rich Tomato Sauce Gf
Mushroom and tarragon Risotto with Tempura Vegetables and Salsa Verdi vegan Gf
Roast Courgette, Leek, Broccoli and Sunflower seed strudel with house salad and Coconut & chilli Sauce. Vegan
Pan Fried Seabass Fillet served on Herb crushed New Potatoes, Seasonal Greens with Lemon and Parsley Sauce. Gf
Char Grilled Rump Steak with Spiced Parmentier Potatoes, Green Beans and Roast Garlic, Lemon, and Thyme Butter £3 supplement. Gf
Sides-Seasonal Greens £3 Sauté New Potatoes £3

Desserts- Pedro Ximenez Triana £3.50- Cockburn’s Port £3
Vanilla Cheesecake with White Chocolate sauce £1 supplement. Gf
Apple and Apricot crumble topped with Vanilla Ice-cream. Gf v. (Vegan on request)
Chilled Cardamon and Almond Rice Pudding topped with Roast Pear Jam and flaked Almonds Vegan
1709 Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch sauce and Vanilla ice-cream
Mature Cheddar and Shropshire Blue Cheese & biscuits with Date Chutney £2 Supplement  Gfr


We allocate two-hour sittings





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