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Bistro Les Chats

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19 -21 Wood Street, Swindon, England
+44 1793 527082
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Bistro Les Chats is a traditional French bistro where all our dishes are...
Bistro Les Chats is a traditional French bistro where all our dishes are made on the premises with fresh ingredients. We use organic produce where practical and when it tastes the best. Our meat comes mainly from Wiltshire farms, with some specialist items coming from Rungis market in Paris; our chicken is always free range, our eggs are free range organic from Purton House Organics. Fish comes fresh daily, mainly from Cornwall,some from Scotland. Our menu changes monthly to reflect seasonal availability of fresh produce. We also offer a carefully chosen wine selection and range of French beers and ciders. Fixed price lunch and early evening menus are available, as well as a la carte. Reservations are recommended, particularly at weekends, but not always necessary. All our desserts and pastries are made on the premises and celebration cakes and gateaux can be made to order.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the best that Swindon has to offer

An excellent French style bistro. Very friendly, excellent service and great food. We chose this restaurant to celebrate a very special occasion and we were not disappointed. It is tastefully decorated, quite an intimate atmosphere and a very 'French feel' to it .Can't wait to make a return visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Silchester_John
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SW England
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I took my sister to Les Chats as I hadn't seen her for some time and I had heard good things about the restaurant. The food was average at best but made unpleasant as the dining area was so hot (They had aircon units, why not switch them on ?). We did have a nice bottle of Sancerre but the... More 

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bistroleschats, Owner at Bistro Les Chats, responded to this review

It would seem you visited on one of the hottest and most humid days this year. We rarely need to switch on our air conditioning, but I understand it was on but just unable to cope after a 12 months of not being used, unlike Dubai where it seems you are based, where it is an essential part of everyday... More 

SW England
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77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

An excellent French style bistro. Very friendly, excellent service and great food. We chose this restaurant to celebrate a very special occasion and we were not disappointed. It is tastefully decorated, quite an intimate atmosphere and a very 'French feel' to it .Can't wait to make a return visit.

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Swindon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We visited in June for an early Saturday evening dinner. As usual the food was very well prepared and the service friendly and efficient. Bistro les Chats continues to be a great place for a pleasant meal in a nice location.

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Bistro staff were brilliant in every way! When I called to book (a table for 8) with a request for a fussy eater which they were obliging to accommodate. We asked to come in early to decorate the table for our parents, again no problem at all. The only thing I could say that's even remotely negative was that our... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Lovely little french restaurant. My wife and I went on a Wednesday night fairly busy service was good and food even better. Lovely atmosphere very romantic.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent and perfect! I spend 3 months every year in France and the food here is exactly replicant of my 2nd home!! Fabulous service! Highly recommend!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Les Chats is without doubt, one of the top three restaurants I've visited. The menu is small, which is always a sign for good quality and attention to detail, and the food itself is splendid. The main dishes were great, but what I was really impressed with were the appetisers - we had the escargots with pesto, which did not... More 

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Have been twice now and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Friendly and attentive staff and a nice airy restaurant. The quick lunch menu is exceptional value (£9 for 2 courses), and although limited to only a small number of choices per course that's what I would expect (I like that there are daily specials included as well). The charcuterie and... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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85 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We've eaten from their Formule Rapide menu, so this time we thought we'd try their a la Carte menu. It was more expensive and there were many more choices - we enjoyed ourselves and will go back for more. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Amsterdam
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415 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The name says it all: it's French from the staff to Edith Piaf singing in the background. OK, the Kir Royale is probably not with real champagne, not with creme the cassis (my guess is Cremant with strawberry liquer), but good all the same. Great dishes, nice portions, fresh and tasty. Prices are OK, so are the house wines. One... More 

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bistroleschats, Owner at Bistro Les Chats, responded to this review

Thank you for this - it's great that you appreciated the French side of our bistro and enjoyed the food. You're almost right about the Kir - we couldn't offer a champagne based drink at the price, and we don't pretend to. We can however make anyone a traditional cassis based Kir, still or with bubbles or Champagne. We offered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 -21 Wood Street, Swindon, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Swindon
  • Phone Number: +44 1793 527082

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 39
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, European, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Bistro Les Chats is a traditional French bistro where all our dishes are made on the premises with fresh ingredients. We use organic produce where practical and when it tastes the best. Our meat comes mainly from Wiltshire farms, with some specialist items coming from Rungis market in Paris; our chicken is always free range, our eggs are free range organic from Purton House Organics. Fish comes fresh daily, mainly from Cornwall,some from Scotland. Our menu changes monthly to reflect seasonal availability of fresh produce. We also offer a carefully chosen wine selection and range of French beers and ciders. Fixed price lunch and early evening menus are available, as well as a la carte. Reservations are recommended, particularly at weekends, but not always necessary. All our desserts and pastries are made on the premises and celebration cakes and gateaux can be made to order.

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