Review on Bouchon Bistrot

A beautiful honey-hued, three-storey, imposing stone building opposite Hexham swimming pool is the setting for this engaging slice of rural France in Northumberland. Chef/proprietor Gregory Bureau hails from the Loire Valley and has done time with some of the North-East's big players including Terry Laybourne and David Kennedy.

His own gaff is laid out on two floors, with casual dining at ground level and more formal meals served upstairs amid aubergine walls, wood floors and sunflowers in vases. It's an appealing setting for food that is emphatically in the bourgeois vein of French onion soup, oeufs en meurette, duck confit, coq au vin and tarte Tatin. Dig a little deeper and you might find boudin noir with Puy lentils and apple, rib-eye steak with duck fat chips and shallot confit, and griottines clafoutis with pistachio ice cream.

Fixed-price menus satisfy the lunchtime crowds during the week, and Sunday lunches now pander to trad North Country appetites, with mighty English roasts and Yorkshire puddings alongside their Gallic counterparts. The affordable wine list naturally tilts towards France.

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French / Bistro

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sat

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Facilities at Bouchon Bistrot

  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 140 covers
  • Family Friendly


Bouchon Bistrot
Gilesgate House
4-6 Gilesgate
NE46 3NJ

Customer Ratings on Bouchon Bistrot

3.1  / 5

Based on 3 reviews

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  • avatar
    Richard Goodchild
    May 2018

    3 people found this review helpful

    Not quite sure how Bouchon Bistrot has such flattering reviews. My wife and I decided to give it a try to celebrate a wedding anniversary but were fairly unimpressed with both the food and the portion size. The menu suggested that our meals would whisk us off to rural France for an hour or so, when the reality was (for both of us) rather tasteless food and very small portions that the smiling waiters did not compensate for. It's such a shame because we were so optimistic when setting off for the restaurant.
    English people in general don't like to be critical of restaurants and usually say that everything was "lovely" regardless of what they actually think. This review has been honest and I hope will help others searching for good food and value.
    We shall not return and clearly could not recommend the venue to others.

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  • avatar
    May 2017

    7 people found this review helpful
    amazing and authentic!

    Absolutely amazing place, best in Hexham. Yes it is authentic, yes it is friendly, and great value too! We have been many times over the years, and never disappoint!

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    Nick Rowsell
    May 2016

    11 people found this review helpful
    Galic authentic, non.

    The lighting was so dim so I had to read the menu with the torch on my phone. The tables were so close together that I was constantly listening to four other garbled conversations. The proprietor was also surly and curt when quizzed over a small inquiry as to the ordered dessert.

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