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Host Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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Mediterranean, British, Contemporary
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4 Market Square, Bishops Stortford CM23 3UU, England
+44 (0)1279 657000
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
very expensive

This is a really expensive restaurant, the food is ok but for us it is prohibitively priced. The terrace bar outside is fun in the summer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
cantabria2012
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stansted
Good for:
  • Families with children
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Rack of lamb was two small ribs, very tough and under cooked. So raw it was inedible. Should have been medium rare. Sent it back and was served the same again. Husband's asked for medium rare and was served rare steak. Fishcake on previous occasion was full of pepper. Again inedible. Service was slow to get started. Have been to... More 

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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Nice surroundings and friendly staff. However, understaffed meant rushed service and inaccurate order taken. Sent completely wrong wine and we ordered 2 steaks medium rare which turned up mostly rare. About average beaning towards below par

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

excellent food and service in the restaurant at ground level. Food slightly more pubby but equally good on the upstairs terrace. I have also been to networking events and private parties on the top floor and food and service has been excellent

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The atmosphere was good, not too expensive and attentive service, along with my own food which was delicious, would have led to five stars. However my fiancée had an average starter and was very unimpressed with her main course after they said they had no red mullet left, so offered prawns in its place, but only a few arrived overcooked... More 

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stansted
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a really expensive restaurant, the food is ok but for us it is prohibitively priced. The terrace bar outside is fun in the summer.

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Simon C, Owner at Host Restaurant, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed the food at Host Restaurant. Host Set Menus start at £12.50 for two courses. Our a la carte menu starts at £9.95 for a main course with desserts and starters around £6. If you were to compare that to the numerous chain restaurants on the high street then you would find us cheaper. I am... More 

United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Food is good quality and decent portion sizes for a higher cost restaurant. A wide ranging wine list something for every budget and the staff are polite, attentive and unobtrusive. It's on the pricey side but worth it for a special night out.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were invited to a family dinner all adults, I had not been here before so was looking forward to going somewhere different. We were welcomed as we arrived, and our coats were taken, we sat down with our party and was offered drinks. The menu's arrived and it was good to see a nice variety, we chose to start... More 

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Manchester
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We found Host last Saturday evening when staying over nearby - even though it was prime time on a Saturday night with two large parties to cater for they found us a nice table for 2 even though we did not have a reservation . The service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. We would definitely return.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Visited here on Valentine's night. We were going to eat but it was £50 a head so we ate elsewhere. We stayed in a guesthouse very close by so it was the closest bar. My boyfriend was also told there was a casino up the top. After going in we saw one or two couples. It was so dead. There... More 

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Simon C, Owner at Host Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments, I am sorry you felt our special Valentines night was a waste of time but I am sure if you had actually eaten and experience the whole event you would have felt differently. The other guests who booked and paid the £50 ticket price really enjoyed their evening they had a 4 course meal in the... More 

Bishops Stortford
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We attended for a family birthday, the service was excellent, and all the food arrived at the same time for all 25 of us. Value for money was very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Market Square, Bishops Stortford CM23 3UU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Bishops Stortford
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1279 657000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 47
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, British, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?