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“Great atmosphere, excellent food and friendly service!”
Review of Jackson's Bistro

Jackson's Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, excellent food and friendly service!”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I called into Jacksons Bistro during our recent Silver Wedding Anniversary holiday. We had been wandering around Bowness trying to decide on somewhere to eat and Jacksons looked particularly inviting - especially as we had remembered seeing it (but not eating in it) 25 years ago. Figuring that they must be doing something right to have lasted at least as long as our marriage, we though we'd take a chance. In any case, the menu looked enticing.

As it turned out, we were in luck. Although very full (they had just seated a very large party downstairs) there was a spare table for two. With gracious, and good humoured, apologies in advance for any delay in the service caused by the fact they were so busy, we were shown to our seat with the menu, a G&T and an icy cold beer - Peroni, so the temperature was perfect.

The atmosphere was great - lively and bustling - with the most amazing smells coming from the kitchen. Despite being so busy, the service was excellent throughout the evening. Attentive but not intrusive, warm, welcoming and friendly with a good dose of self deprecating humour!

Choosing from the wonderfully priced all inclusive menu (available alongside the full A-La-Carte) we started with a classic prawn cocktail and stuffed mushrooms. My main course was a sumptuously rich lamb and root veg casserole - with plenty of bread offered to mop up the gravy - while my wife opted for the confit of duck. All the food was supremely tasty, well executed and served piping hot!

A rather excellent bottle of red (by no means the most expensive of restaurant wines) complemented the meal perfectly!

Pudding was something akin to an Eton Mess for my wife and a Sticky Toffee Pudding for me. (I judge Sticky Toffee Puddings by the gold standard benchmark of the world famous offering from Cartmel and Jackson's version was certainly up there with the best of them.)

Suffice it to say, the time we spent at Jackson's Bistro turned into one of our abiding memories of the holiday. Great food and a warm, personable welcome. We won't be leaving it 25 years before we visit again!

  • Visited July 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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352 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Worth searching out”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Four of us had dinner here. Just walked in on chance. Service was very good, menu was impressive. I thought it was above average prices, but the meals were superb. Would definitely return.

Visited August 2014
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Perfect food, wine and service ”
Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

This was the second time that we have been to jacksons and we were seriously impressed. The waiter was very professional and made excellent wine recommendations. We ate from the set menu the steak was perfection. Cannot fault the place at all. Lovely atmosphere. Cannot wait to return.

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic food”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Had a fantastic meal on first evening in bowness at jacksons bistro. Great food good atmosphere and service was excellent. We booked to go back on out last night and wow they certainly did produce some super food. Tasty varied and fantastic service again. Would recommend if anyone goes to bowness definitely go to jacksons bistro

  • Visited August 2014
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“Cracking place ”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Went for a family meal with a picky 7 year old. Children's menu was formidable. Just the ticket. My wife and I chose from the £17 all inclusive menu, with a nice range of starters, mains and desserts. Food was well presented, tasty, and the service was attentive and just right. Some expensive drinks have stopped it getting five stars.

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