The Terrace Bistro, on London Road in Stockton Heath, is one of Warrington’s top rated restaurants.
It has hundreds of five-star reviews on different review platforms.
Impressive, they average five stars on Facebook and TripAdvisor, and 4.9 stars on Google.
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We went to lunch to see what it was all about.
The small independent restaurant, which opened in May 2019, is in the heart of Stockton Heath.
The venue is stylish, with snug booths and tables in the room for an intimate dining experience.
The atmosphere was calm and relaxed, perfect for a lunchtime date.
I was immediately greeted with soft, warm country bread, served with English mustard butter.
The light butter almost looked like mousse and complemented the bread perfectly.
From 12pm to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday, the restaurant offers a fixed price menu where you can get two courses for £15 and 3 courses for £20.
It’s really cheap; you can get three full courses for just a few pounds more than a normally priced main course.
As a starter, I opted for the bistro fishcake, with poached egg and curry oil (usually £8.50).
Beautifully presented and well proportioned, this meal was a winner.
The fish was incredibly light, smoky and smooth, encased in a crispy outer crumb.
The ultimate test was the poached egg, which I’m happy to report was perfectly runny in the middle.
These flavors and textures have been brought together brilliantly with a creamy sauce, creating an amazing blend of sensations.
For the main course, I chose the ‘chicken’ dish; chicken breast with mashed sweet potatoes, tender broccoli and sweetcorn salsa (usually priced at £18.00).
The dish was colorful and beautifully presented,
The chicken breast slices were very soft and the sweetness of the mashed sweet potatoes complimented the sweet corn salsa.
Unfortunately there was a small puddle of oil in the bottom of my plate and the chicken was slippery with oil where it was sitting.
If I was paying £18 for the course it might have been a bigger issue.
However, the fixed price offered meant it didn’t hurt my pocket or an overall positive opinion.
Pushing through the fullness, I pondered the fabulous dessert menu.
The cheesecake dish called my name – vanilla cheesecake, Turkish delight, toasted almonds and crystallized rose petals (usually £7.95).
This dessert was incredibly light and creamy, with a wonderful crispy cookie base.
The fragrant Turkish delights were definitely a highlight for me.
It was the perfect size and didn’t fit me, especially after completing two previous classes.
I was also tempted by the mint dessert, which is heaven for chocolate lovers; Chocolate Mint Mousse, Airy Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Sol (usually priced at £8.50).
The Terrace Bistro also offers a cheese platter, another of my favorite desserts, for an extra £5.00 on the fixed price.
My overall impression of the prix fixe menu was positive, it’s a great lunch option at an extremely reasonable price for great food.
Their menu changes with the seasons and quality, so you’ll always get dishes made with the best ingredients of the time.
The restaurant offers a normal seasonal main menu, with its autumn options including specialties such as snails (£9.00) and rabbit cannelloni (£10.00) to start, and plaice (24, £00) and game (£28.00) for the main course.
Breakfasts and Sunday roasts (from £16.95) are also on offer at the Terrace Bistro, and reviews have been very positive.
One reviewer wrote on TripAdvisor, “Amazing food, we will be back… Delicious Sunday lunch.”
Another said: ‘Dropped in yesterday for breakfast – finally brunch I guess?
“I ordered 2 English breakfasts and they were great, and still with the same lovely surroundings – very civilized – not like a cafe breakfast.
“Will definitely go back for breakfast. »
One user wrote on Facebook, “I can’t recommend this place enough.
“The food was amazing and the service even better.
“Such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
“I will definitely come back.”
The team was small, but that didn’t come at the expense of service.
The staff were incredibly attentive and helpful, offering recommendations when asked.
As a fine dining restaurant, the Terrace Bistro offers quality food and service at a premium price.
However, the prix fixe menu is a much more affordable option if you want to try their excellent, carefully curated menu.
Although the chicken didn’t live up to its £18 standard, the fixed price made up for that.
The fishcake was outstanding as was the cheesecake.
I would like to experience Terrace Bistro in the evening and fully enjoy the fine dining experience.