Bistro 1709 Menu

Lunch – Wednesday -Saturday, 2 Courses from £14.90 3 Courses from £17.90
Dinner Wednesday & Thursday, 2 Courses from £16.90, 3 Courses from £19.90
Friday & Saturday Evenings we run our weekend menu.

Aperitif manzanilla Pastrana Sherry £3 -Pastis £2.50


Green vegetable soup topped with Stilton cream & bread Gfr VEGAN ON REQUEST
Chicken liver pate served with wholemeal toast and apricot compote Gfr
Pan- Fried Garlic Mushrooms on charred Ciabatta with a tomato & Basil dressing v
Leek and Bean arancini served on a mixed leaf salad with a Coconut & Coriander dressing VEGAN
Smoked Scottish Mackerel fillet with a smoked chilli & tomato sauce with a lemon & Dill dressing Gf £1 Supplement
Orange & Cranberry marinated Brie served on a pickled vegetable salad Gf v


Asian spiced quarter roast chicken served with a roasted red pepper and pineapple salad with mint yoghurt dressing Gf
Crispy braised belly pork with Parmentier potatoes, Glazed carrots, and Chasseur sauce £1 supplement Gf
Pan-fried fillet of seabream on a fennel, Broadbean and radish risotto with Salsa Verdi Gf £2 supplement
Fennel, Broadbean and radish risotto topped with lightly battered tender stem broccoli  v Gf
Mediterranean vegetable filo parcel with leaf salad and Tomato & Basil dressing VEGAN
Sirloin steak with Parmentier potatoes, green beans, and a Stilton sauce £5 supplement
Cod & Pea Fishcake Served on Seasonal Green Vegetables served with a Chive White wine cream sauce.

Gf =Gluten Free Gfr these dishes can be adapted to be gluten free


Pedro Ximenez, Triana sherry £3.50
Mature Cheddar & Stilton served with apricot compote and savoury biscuits £2 supplement Gfr
1709 sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream v
Dark chocolate Cheesecake with black cherry Compote £1 supplement
Apple and Apricot crumble with vanilla ice-cream Gf v
Vegan Apple & Apricot stew topped with crushed Ginger biscuit and vegan ice-cream. 
Lemon posset topped with raspberries & ginger biscuit crumb Gfr v



We allocate a two-hour sitting for three courses





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