Advantages Smart eating in friendly atmosphere
Disadvantages Need to book well in advance and slow service
St Petroc's Bistro is sited in an unpretentious building on New Street, a short walk from the harbour front. The white fronted building looks like an old fashioned guest house, (there are also a small number of rooms available), with minimal signage to indicate the restaurant inside. Going into the restaurant there are a number of dining and reception areas, as well as an outdoor dining area. As you would expect from such an old building the individual areas are not large in comparison to modern restaurants but this creates a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere that is light and fresh. The décor is predominately white, with many vibrant pictures on the walls. The furniture largely plain wood with lots of blue and white linens sprinkled around.Details~
Lunch:- 12:00 - 2:00pm
Dinner:- 7:00 - 9:30pm
Arriving promptly at 12:00 we were quickly shown to our table by the pleasant waiting staff. Despite being only a party of two adults and a toddler we were given a table that could have sat six in a very good spot near the front windows. Our early apprehension at taking a toddler to what could have been quite a snooty restaurant were soon allayed when the room began to fill as more than half the parties had children under five. Of course this may have the converse effect if you are expecting to find somewhere where no children are present. The restaurant seems to be geared up for young children given the number of highchairs they were able to supply. The clientele was predominantly made up of small parties of two or four with only one large group in sight, there also appeared to be a good mix of locals and visitors.
The reception and waiting staff were welcoming and friendly. Our waiter was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and when he couldn't answer a question happily went off to the kitchen to obtain an answer.
The lunch time sitting lasts for two hours and they seemed determined to keep us there for the whole time, the wait between courses stretched up to 30 minutes at times which is far too long. While it is nice to not be rushed it is equally desirable to be able to eat at your own pace and not be sitting around waiting for the next course. Our daughter is fine in restaurants as long as the food and entertainment keeps coming but two hours is too long to expect a two year old to sit still and in the long wait for our dessert she become understandably restless.
St Petroc's Bistro is a great place to enjoy some fine dining in a relaxed, welcoming environment. A three course meal for the two of us plus a half bottle of wine and soft drinks came to around £100 which, while not cheap, certainly reflects fair value for the quality of food on offer. The experience was only soured by the waiting we had to endure between courses. As a slightly cheaper alternative to The Seafood Restaurant, the Bistro is certainly worth a visit.
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment