What Our Customers Say

Restaurant Review: "Bistro 1709, a French-inspired gem in the heart of Lichfield"
Take a look at review by Matthew Panter of the Express & Star. Published 2nd November 2021.

A few of our recent testimonials..

Lovely place fantastic food great service

Jonathan Hyam, September 2023

Had a brilliant night , lovely food and great service from John and the team.
Well worth a visit.

Mark Sale, September 2023

Lovely little place with superb food

Paul Alcock, August 2023

Great food, and fantastic value on the mid week  "two for" deal.

Darren Record, August 2023

Lunch time menu good value, plenty of gluten free mains options. Very good food.
Efficient service.

Peter Jones, August 2023

I wish I could dine here more often. Always loved our dinners here. Very friendly staff, great food👍

B.S, August 2023

Delighted with our lunch here. The food was excellent and also tremendous value for money - they ought to put their prices up a bit! Will return for sure.

Chris Boardman, July 2023

Lovely lunch 

Hednesford Childs, July 2023

Hidden gem, really good food for the prices!

Dom Tranquille, May 2023

Had a fantastic meal here last night great value for money. Will definitely return.

Jen Bailey, May 2023

Wonderful food, great wines and attentive friendly service. Regular visits recommended.

Jason Stretton, May 2022

Great food at reasonable prices 

Keith Davies, May 2023

Has always, excellent food, service and atmosphere. Such a great find. Please keep up the superb standard 👏 

David Rogers, April 2023

Absolutely love it.   Food is excellent, service superb and great value for money.

Janice Stretton, March 2023

Went here for our anniversary dinner. Staff was friendly as always and the food was great. We got here early so we had a corner just to ourselves!

Lucy Addis, March 2023

Had a lovely time here. Helpful staff. Romantic atmosphere and superb food.
We were seated upstairs and found it quiet enough to talk. The great menu made it hard to choose. I ended up with the lamb and my guest with salmon. Both were excellent.


Lee McLoughlin, March 2023

Fabulous little restaurant n such helpful n friendly staff

Dietary restrictions: I am gluten free ,I was so excited to see so much on menu as most places do not do gluten free

Linda Kozurek, February 2023

Great food with great service. Lovely oldy worldy feel to the place. 

Solomon Whitehouse, February 2023

Exceptional food and great ambience. Lots of gluten free menu options. 

Ian Lowe, February 2023

Wonderful meal and excellent wine choice. Could not have been better. 

Helen Boss, January 2023

This is a little Gem!
Friendly service, excellent cooked to order food, and great value for money. Well worth a visit.
I think the empty plate says a lot really :-) 

Mark Warren, January 2023

Great place to eat and meet friends

Dave Clark, January 2023

Great food and excellent service, a most enjoyable evening. 

Peter Lewis, December 2022

Excellent menu and great value bistro

Nick Sedgwick, December 2022

Lovely Christmas lunch, excellent service, rather chilly though as near to front door

Brian Ball, December 2022

We went to Lichfield on the 4 of December last minute. The bistro 1709 managed to squeeze us in at short notice   great food great value  will visit them again next time  👍 

John Walton, December 2022

First time having lunch at 1709. Excellent food and service.

Vegetarian options: Lovely choices of vegetarian food.

Ann Gray, November 2022

I went for the 1st time Friday, service was amazing food was delicious and definitely going to go back 😋

Chris Onions, November 2022

Smashing place

Chris James, November 2022

Just love 1709. Lots of nooks and crannies and candlelit in the evening. Food and service are excellent.

Jane Geraghty, November 2022

Excellent food at good prices, with great service. We keep going back. Best value in Lichfield.

Ian Kingston, November 2022

Outstanding food and value for money
Went for the first time today and we both absolutely loved the choice and quality of food we eat
Having eaten at many high end expensive restaurants this little Bistro is a no brainer and we will be going back again before Christmas if we lived in Lichfield it would be a regular choice


John England, October 2022

Lovely food. Lovely, friendly staff.
My husband is gluten intolerant and nearly everything on the menu is either gluten free or can be adapted.  Geared up for food intolerances. Will be back again soon

Nick Cobley, September 2022

Staying with friends in Lichfield we went on Saturday night. The meal and service were excellent. 3 courses with drinks and voluntary tip we were very happy with £75 per couple. Would thoroughly recommend this Bistro.

Anthony McColgan, September 2022

Excellent food at good prices, with great service. We keep going back. Best value in Lichfield

Ian Kingston, September 2022

Delicious food at very reasonable prices.  Staff always very friendly & super efficient.

Chris Pedley, August 2022

Beautiful food. Everyone at table was happy. Staff were lovely, welcoming and helpful. They even gave me a taste of the custard before I ordered my pudding because I mentioned that I don't like vanilla! Not joking! They're that lovely❣😂

Jake Hewkin, April 2022

Wonderful food and service need to pre book

Heather Rushton, April 2022

Great value, interesting menu.

R C (Peter), April 2022

Food and service top notch.Best value for money in Lichfield in my opinion.Absolutely 10 out of 10 keep up the good work.

Barry Worrall, March 2022

A good selection on the menu. Prompt and pleasant service.  Loved it!

Marian Tague, March 2022

Nice food at great prices. Lovely little place.

Daley Eve Johnson, February 2022

A beautiful place very quirky, friendly staff and Very tasty food. It's definitely worth a visit.

Julie Harris, February 2022

Lovely food, good prices and portions

Jamie-Louise Ball, February 2022

Great food extremely reasonable prices. Lovely atmosphere and staff

Katie Measham, February 2022

Good food and lovely service

Frances o'meara, February 2022

Delicious food, great ambience, lovely staff. Thank you!

Miranda Fryer, January 2022

food amazing lovely place .
owner such a great guy .
going back soon

Yvonne "Sassy" Burton, January 2022

Best Christmas lunch we had. Thank You

Jean Best, December 2021

Superb meals with friendly, efficient service. An interesting menu including veggie options. Will be going again soon

Karen Bowdler, December 2021

We had a lovely family Christmas meal together 🎅👍😀food was fantastic staff were lovely and welcoming 🙏  but only had bottle beers, so we had to have two at a time 🤣🤣lovely time 10 /10

Stephen O'neill, December 2021

Food is amazing. Lovely place and staff are great.

Tara Phillips, December 2021

Excellent service and food.  Reasonably priced which makes an excellent evening all round.  Could not fault it. 10 out of 10.

Davina Tooze, December 2021

Great food, great service and fantastic value on the mid week  "two for" deal.

Darren Record, December 2021

We had the £15.00 3 course meal and it was really nice and well worth the money l would certainly go again

Kathy Cook, December 2021

Great service with a polite and friendly style, but not in your face.
Food was great with plenty decent veggie and vegan options. Value for money was excellent!
Looking forward to our next visit!

Pamela Anderson, November 2021

Had a long wait to eat here again used to go often before lockdown yet again fantastic food friendly staff prompt service can't fault anything superb thanks again for a lovely evening

Chris Walker, November 2021

Food good and staff were very helpful. Very reasonably priced too.

Josie Palmer, November 2021

Very very good try it

Geoffrey Le, November 2021

Fantastic place  lovely food very  reasonably priced...would  highly  recommend

Kene Franklin, November 2021

Excellent service and delicious food.

Michael Ryan, October 2021

Terrific lunch, food, service and atmosphere all great. Best value for money anywhere locally. Booked again for a birthday. Thank you John and team

Caroline McLachlan, October 2021

Excellent service and meal exceptional value

Graham Warrender, September 2021

Excellent, good food, good value, excellent menu, amazing attentive staff, 10/10

Dawn Latus, September 2021

Birthday treat. Really nice food for reasonable prices. Need to book very popular.

Sylvia Mullany, September 2021

John is always very hospitable. There is always a good selection of wine. Food very good and reasonably priced.

Sarah Cork, September 2021

Took my son today he was really impressed with the  food ,really presented lovely , the meal was excellent. John is great very friendly always has time for a chat. Can't wait to go again

Kathy Rowcliffe, September 2021

Amazing little restaurant, the menu gets updated seasonally and the food is always fresh, we had the best chicken me and my girlfriend ever tried.
The wine list is also updated regularly and the service is friendly and down to earth. Higly recommended.

Dan Palazzese, September 2021

Always fabulous value, the food is really well presented and super tasty, we are always surprised when the bill is presented, not sure how they manage this excellent value for money menu

Gerry Shirley, August 2021

Good food and helpful staff

David Betts, August 2021

Great food and great prices with friendly service

James Bates, August 2021

Always a pleasure to eat there extremely friendly great food

Stephen Shingleton, July 2021

Lovely night out, relaxing atmosphere, excellent food, would highly recommend

Tracey Joiner, June 2021

John is always very hospitable. There is always a good selection of wine. Food very good and reasonably priced.

Sarah Cork, June 2021

Beautiful food, lovely staff and reasonable price xx

Sam Edwards, June 2021

Top take out

Excellent food safely collected with reheating instructions - through the lockdown these people have provided first class take away food. I wish them every success when they are able to welcome customers back again. A gem of a restaurant in Lichfield.

Williams. May 2021

it is brilliant

During lockdown we’ve had click and collect deliveries from 1709
And it is BRILLIANT!
Due to shielding the food is brought to the car and put in the boot.
The service and the food is superb - highly recommend.
We will be back!

Williams57, Lichfield January 2021

Lovely food. Friendly staff. Reasonable price!! Will definitely be coming again

The Johnson's, October 2020

Great vegetarian choice, at last, a restaurant who caters for all, food was lovely, booked to go back straight away 😁

Claire Riley, October 2020

Great food and service, as usual. The first time we've been back since lockdown and it was as good as ever. Tables may be a bit close together but very difficult in such a quaint old building. Staff were very "covid aware" though.

Lynne Hodge, October 2020

If you like good food, you will like it  here.  We are never disappointed and the menu is changed regularly.

Moira Clarke, September 2020

The best restaurant in Lichfield.

My husband and I have spent a week in Cornwall where we dined at a different venue every evening. Nothing came close to 1709 in Lichfield. The food here is just superb. A new menu too, we are looking forward to trying all of the dishes on offer. Best quality and great value. Friendly service too.

Badger022, Yoxall. September 2020

Lovely Lunch.

some friends kindly treated me to lunch. my choice was onion soup and gammon . Both were wonderful. My gammon was perfectly cooked and really tender and my egg perfect, I love a runny egg and it was just right , No room for pudding although the choice looked good, I will most certainly return. The waitress was helpful, Give it a go

Jane1955. September 2020

Ladies who lunch.

I booked a table for lunch with some friends. We were looking for a place that did something different from the standard pasta/pizza and the Bistro 1709 was perfect. They have an excellent set menu at great value - £12 for 3 courses, which in August meant £6! I had a lovely light courgette and mint soup, followed by delicious, crisp and fluffy homemade fish cakes with salad. I was tempted to add a side and there was a wide selection, but I had my eye on dessert, a vanilla cheese cake topped with Eton mess. That may sound too sweet but the cheese cake was unsweetened so the topping added texture and sweetness. We all had a great meal and the staff were very attentive. I am so pleased this place is in my town - I’ll be back!

McLarkin. August 2020

What a lovely place!

We had the 3 course dinner for £20 which was half price to £10 on eat out to help out- such a bargain!

Food was absolutely lovely, I recommend the mushroom gnocci and the burger with jalapeño rarebit! Just so scrummy!

The atmosphere was also delightful, especially for a Monday night! Felt really comfortable. Will definitely be returning.

Thank you for a lovely meal!

Emily P. August 2020

Another excellent lunch Bistro 1709.

Have been using Bistro 1709 for a number of years and introduced a number of friends to their lunch-time menu.
Once again we had a very nice lunch with friendly service, Food quality is excellent and exceptionally good value.
One tip is, if they are busy, is to have a starter as they seem to arrive at the table fairly quickly but if you are only having a main and a dessert you can wait a little while for your main course to arrive. Never a problem for us as we are rarely in much of a hurry but if time is tight it could be a problem.
Glad to see the Bistro 1709 open again and the bonus of the £10 from the Chancellor was gratefully received.

David S, August 2020

Little gem in Lichfield.

On visiting Lichfield today I was looking for a place for lunch and found this lovely bistro just off the high street. I was met with a warm welcome, friendly welcome and there were plenty of tasty options to choose from.
I went for the pork main and fruit crumble for dessert. Both were lovely especially the sauce with the pork.
Will be visiting again!

Walesrugby84, Kidderminster. August 2020

Eat out government scheme off to a great start

As a family we have had many meals at this restaurant. It is clever at offering a well cooked menu which differs from day to day at a bargain price.
Given that a 3 course lunch is only 12 pounds,although if you choose extras it can cost more, the government scheme then reduces the price to 6 pounds
It was my intention to have 3 courses but I was so full that 2 courses was more than enough and my bill was then 5 pounds. I had a creamy courgette mint soup decorated with lemon crème fraiche followed by a crepe filled with wild mushrooms and served with a side salad
My husband had the soup and homemade fish cakes.

The food was delicious.

We felt completely safe at the restaurant and I would be happy to eat there again

I hope that people will have confidence in supporting our local restaurants especially during August when we can take advantage of the scheme.

Pauline R, August 2020

Fantastic value for money.

Amazing lunchtime value. Starter and main for £8. Main only for £7. Fresh tomato soup with basil oil and fresh baguette for £1 is a bargain! My wife chose fish cakes, and I the chargrilled pork chop. Both were very good. We’ll be back again

David W, March 2020

Always a great place.

Been here a several times, it’s a firm favourite, food good and reasonably priced. Atmosphere friendly and intimate. Service good. Really cannot find fault.

John C, March 2020


Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We had the lunchtime menu. Amazingly good value for really nice food. Thai fish cakes to start followed by sea bass with saag aloo which was sensational . Crepe to finish. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will return.

123designergirl. February 2020

Really lovely place.

I came here on a Saturday evening with a girlfriend. Service was brilliant, very friendly, efficient staff, there when you need. I had 3 courses, perfect portions so I wasn't too full and uncomfortable. The chicken taglietelle, wow this is the best I've ever tasted. When I think of a creamy pasta, this is the epitome of it. Perfect. Prices are reasonable as other reviews have stated. I'll be going back.

Caz Fox, Birmingham. February 2020

Excellent meal, very reasonably priced.

We went there on early on Saturday evening. We had an excellent 3 course meal for only £10. It was an early diners special. We had to be out by 7:30 pm. The food and service was excellent. I would strongly recommend this place even without the reduced cost.

Brian D, Lichfield. February 2020