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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic & Memorable Evening for Parents 30th Anniversary

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Tonia B
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  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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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 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Ate lunch here with my daughter and son in law. Sunday, limited menu,some of which was unavailable and what was, unimpressive. Nice ambience and friendly staff. £60 bill would be OK if food was not bland. Would not go again.

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

Our Sunday menu, like the rest of the week, offers a choice of 6 or more at each course. This is because everything we serve is prepared and cooked fresh in our kitchen. There are a number of other restaurants in Swindon, where you will find a menu stretching to thirty or forty options, as well as a list of... More 

Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed our the Bistro Les Chats experience. It certainly felt authentic to us and the taste and portion size of the food was very good. Service was excellent and not too pricey either. We'll definitely be returning in the not too distant future!

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We stopped here for a quick, light lunch. Both staff and cuisine were French. Tables were well spaced and service was quick, efficient and friendly. The lunch menu was very good value; nice food, well cooked. We parked just down the street and were limited to one hour which was just sufficient.

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Address: 19 -21 Wood Street, Swindon, England
Phone Number: +44 1793 527082
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Swindon
Average Prices: USD 11 - 39
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, European, Bistro

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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: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business

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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