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“The Most Magical Evening of Our Lives” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frederic Cafe Bistro

Frederic Cafe Bistro
Market Buildings, Maidstone ME14 1HP, England
+44 1622 297414
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Ranked #1 of 236 Restaurants in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are a very small independent cafe-bistro serving provincial French "peasant food". As a latter day caveman from the Dordogne, you can expect my food to be rustic, simple, fresh and cooked to order. The atmosphere is lively & happening, the decor unpretentious and the service unfussy. We serve breakfast in the morning, French cafe favourites at lunchtime like Croque Monsieur, Pates & Omelettes and 4 evenings a week (Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat) we offer classic French bistro dishes - You need to book in the evenings as we only offer 1 sitting -that way you can stay as long as you want to and make it a proper French evening! See you soon! Ulric - Chef-Patron
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“The Most Magical Evening of Our Lives”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Dear Ulric and Staff,

We would like to thank you for making our Wedding day so perfect, it was everything I had dreamed of and more.

All of our guests were ecstatic about the choice of menu, throughout the meal all we heard were sighs of delight. Afterwards they each gave comments about having "The best steak", "Pate to die for", "The most tender Beef bourguignon", "Incredible portions", "delightful wine choice", and "The perfect dessert." I personally have never heard such compliments about a wedding dinner before, it really made our night, it was truly outstanding. I also believe the standard of food had increased since the last meal we ate with you, which I thought would not be possible. My fish stew was sublime.

We also want to thank you for allowing us to decorate the bistro, for all the little touches, allowing us to play our own music, cutting the cake for us etc. You were extremely accommodating and ensured everything ran smoothly. The bistro looked so magical and romantic, a truly beautiful venue for our Christmas wedding.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we hope you have a very prosperous New Year and hope to see you soon, love the new Mr and Mrs Mills x

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
England
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
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“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Had lunch here with some friends , had visited before and had a yummy platter so ordered it again , very disappointing smaller then before , my friend paid extra for a salad with her meal and just got what would be better described as a garnish ! Shame as I like supporting independents

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Third time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This was my third time here and the second in just over a month, this time with the in-laws. It was superb as always.
The food was delicious and the waiter is great.
We had the pate and foie gras; for mains the chicken, guinea fowl, sea bass and beef bourguignon; for dessert the tarte normande, tarte bourguignon and the cheese board.
It's always a pleasure going for a meal here and I will be back very soon.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A little gem in the side streets of Maidstone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

A group of nine of us went here last week for our Christmas meal. It was £20 per head for 3 fantastic, very well-cooked courses. The wines are all very reasonably priced and the staff are excellent. Not surprisingly, the place was packed, but there was no hassle to get people out in order to get another sitting in. My wife and I are not in Maidstone that often, but when we are, this is the place we'll go.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fab lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Went today for a pre Christmas lunch with friends after reading all the great reviews. We arrived prompt at 12 and it was soon full, delicious lunch menu, good value will definitely be returning.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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