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“Excellent Dinner”
Review of Willowgate Bistro

Willowgate Bistro
Ranked #1 of 68 Restaurants in Pickering
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 7 - USD 59
Cuisines: British
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Arrived without a reservation this evening, but staff found us a table during a busy evening. We just had mains followed by dessert but was given a delicious complementary homemade tapenade with homemade warm white batchefs and butter.along with a good wine list the food was delicious and we could not fault the service. Well done to the owner's Mathew and Gemma and team, this restaurant is well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Had a Sunday Easter lunch here with my husband & 2 friends.

Our first visit but certainly won't be our last. It's quite small so I'd defiantly book ahead.

The restaurant operate a set price menu, which worked OK for us. Plenty of choice, at least 6 starters & mains.

Between us we had to start: soup, pigeon & belly pork. The belly pork starter was huge and you need a good appetite to get through this & finish a main. For the main courses we had the duck & pork Wellington. Both delicious.

The home made bread & tapenade was a nice touch and again delicious.

The wine was reasonably priced.

We'll definitely return when back in the area.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

A great end to the week at Cropton cabins, celebrating birthdays at Willowgate Bistro. The experience certainly lived up to expectations and earlier reports on tripadvisor. We were welcomed and given individual attention, as was every table. Feeling special, we ordered and ate the most fantastic desserts after great main meals. The attention and food really made our evening. Definite recommendation....a special evening

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

I couldn't have had a better time at the Willowgate Bistro. The restaurant, which is entirely run by a local couple, spoiled us with fantastic food and service.
The first lovely touch were the complimentary home-made olive tapenade and the still warm bread that tasted as though it had come out freshly from the oven. Every single course after that was delightful. Not only were the ingredients cooked and seasoned perfectly, but also beautifully arranged on the plate with an eye for detail. At the end, we received some complimentary home-made chocolates, which of course were also delicious.
Matthew looked after the guests in a warm and attentive manner. For this fussy eater who loves most cheeses but blue cheese, he quickly offered to substitute one of the cheeses from the cheese course. The waiting times between courses were short enough to satisfy our stomachs and yet long enough to allow us to enjoy the atmosphere.
If I didn't live 200 miles away, I would be a regular. That this gem of a restaurant is run entirely by a local couple is an incredible achievement. Thanks a lot for the lovely meal!

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We had an excellent meal here a couple of weeks ago. The chicken with tomato risotto and the twice baked cheese soufflé were very good, as were the panna cotta and chocolate fondant. The service was very professional and we will certainly be back next year!

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