Lunch Menu

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


Roast Root vegetable soup served with a wedge of bread-and-butter v GFr
Chicken Liver Pate, Date Chutney and toasted whole meal bread GFr
Roast Sweet Potato, Sage and Spinach cake with a Smoked chilli tomato sauce Vegan
Mushroom, Garlic and Tomato & Gnocchi casserole.  Vegan Gfr
Smoked Mackerel Pate with a beetroot, Caper and Cucumber salad with Oatcake biscuits GFr
Melon, Rocket and Pomegranate Salad, with Port & Balsamic dressing Vegan GF

Roast Quarter Chicken, Potato & Chorizo Cassoulet with Steamed Broccoli GF
Bradshaw’s thick cut Sausage on creamy mashed potato seasonal greens and beer & Grain Mustard Gravy  
Mixed Mushroom Stroganoff with Wild basmati Rice vegan GF
Spiced Cauliflower, Squash & walnut strudel with crushed new potatoes seasonal greens and Rich Tomato sauce. Vegan
Smoked Haddock and Pea Fishcake served on Seasonal greens with Watercress Hollandaise
Char Grilled Rump Steak with Spiced Parmentier Potatoes, Green Beans and Stroganoff Sauce £3 supplement. GF
Sides-Seasonal Greens £3 Sauté New Potatoes £3

Pedro Ximenez Triana £3.50- Cockburn’s Port £3
Black forest Pancake- Pancake topped with warm boozy cherries, dark Chocolate ice-cream and White Chocolate sauce.
Apple, Sultana and cinnamon crumble topped with Vanilla Ice-cream. Gf v. (Vegan on request)
Raspberry Cranachan- Raspberries, toasted oats, whipped cream, honey and Whisky. GFr
Coconut Panna Cotta with Stewed Dates Gf
Mature Cheddar and Shropshire Blue Cheese & biscuits with Date Chutney £2 Supplement 


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