January 27th, 2007


Lemon Tree

Location: 14-16 Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford, near Waitrose.

We collected siusaidh from the airport shortly before noon and, after a brief detour to a closed pub, located the Lemon Tree in Bishop's Stortford. It was a good thing we'd called ahead: we had the comfort of knowing that it was open, the security of knowing we had a reservation, and the usefulness of directions. Wedding toasts were in full swing at the bar, but the rowdy cheer didn't disturb us once we'd found the restaurant wandered on through several more rooms knocked through between once-separate buildings. The decor was somewhere between homey and chic, the walls a pale lemon yellow above bare wood, with an assortment of paintings by local artists decorating the walls.

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Service was friendly, if occasionally absent-minded (they did have a wedding party in-house). The tasting notes on the wine menu made up for the waitress' inability to give me further advice on it. The ingredients were all good and well-chosen. They didn't always come together into one cohesive dish, but they usually did, occasionally hitting real high points. All in all, a successful experiment for a nearly impromptu lunch location - and very conveniently located if you have a car and need to pick someone up at Stansted.