Restaurant review: The WaterLane, Bishop’s Stortford

Restaurant review: The WaterLane, Bishop’s Stortford

When I heard the venue on Waterlane, Bishop’s Storford had been taken over by Anglian Country Inns a few years ago I couldn’t wait to visit. Shamefully, it has taken me almost three years to do.

I used to live in the town almost five years ago, where my favourite place for dinner and drinks would be the restaurant on Waterlane. And I’m so pleased to say, that since its takeover, it’s now even better!

Exposed brickwork and industrial style features house the dining area under rows of pretty fairy lights. My friend and I hopped onto the buttery red leather stalls for an evening of chat, cocktails and cuisine!



The dinner menu is made up of hearty dishes with options for both meat lovers and fish fans. While we deliberated over whether to opt for a sharing starter or go straight to mains, we sipped on the cucumber and gin cocktails – a very refreshing aperitif!


Skipping starters (though I want to go back and try the Norfolk oysters and Smoked salmon & crayfish mac ‘n’ cheese), we tucked straight into the main menu. My friend chose the Lamb kofta folded flatbread (priced £14), which featured Moroccan pulled lamb shoulder, tzatziki, beetroot relish, sweet potato fries and Lucifer sauce served on a wooden board.


The Reuben burger and Pan-seared sea bass fillet was tempting, but I was won over by the special of the weekend; duck and waffle drizzled in maple syrup and a small serving of veg (priced £18). If you’ve never had this dish before, I highly recommend. It’s a great combination. The duck was perfectly cooked, and the maple syrup satisfied my sweet tooth.

One of the best things about the WaterLane is that not only is there plenty of food choice, but the specials change every weekend, meaning there’s always something new to enjoy!


Far too full for dessert, though I would have gone for the chocolate & pistachio cheesecake (priced £7.50), we finished our drinks before moving away from the relaxing dining area and down the stairs to the bar in the basement; a much more lively scene, perfect for a Friday night out with friends. We made our way to the buzzing bar, ordered another bottle of bubbles and settled into one of the corner seating areas where we laughed and drank the night away.

Offering the best of both worlds, casual dining for friends and families, and a trendy bar for a fun night out, the WaterLane is making me want to move back to Bishop’s Stortford! Now, if only Anglian Country Inns would take note and consider opening its next venture in my home town of Saffron Walden…

For a full list of Anglian Country Inns across the region including pubs in Hertfordshire and Norfolk visit

31 Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2JZ | Tel: 01279 508508 |

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