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Stowmarket's independent and local answer to fusion dining

For a premium dining experience that fuses European food with Asian influences, try The River Bistro restaurant in Stowmarket. Our homemade, fresh food is derived from various international cuisines, making our diverse eatery an unusually unique dinner option in Suffolk. Why not book a table at our independent and local restaurant today using our booking form? Let us cook you a treat this week.

Meet our founder, Eric Thé!

It all began 30 years ago when Eric Thé had to go from pot wash to chef in a matter of minutes. Ever since, he’s been a chef in a variety of restaurant styles around Europe, but always dreamed of bringing fusion style cooking to his local Suffolk area. In 2012, The River Bistro was born, enabling Eric to fulfil his global culinary ambition.

Taste the world in Stowmarket

Eric understands flavours and how to create astonishing international dishes. Our ethos is to create diverse food that satisfies all tastes, and which is derived from various nationalities. We have the perfect blend of food options and top quality service that you’d look for when selecting a restaurant that can cater a romantic dinner for two or for a lively group event.

Celebrate at The River Bistro

With an exciting array of regular themed nights and events at The River Bistro – voted for by you! – our fusion restaurant really is perfect for social occasions and meeting new locals.  We love to host family events, parties and celebrations; let our homemade food tantalise the taste buds of all of your party guests.


  • “Recently visited the Riverside and was impressed with the standard of food and service. Nice surroundings, very pleasant staff. Would highly recommend the honeycombe cheesecake, delicious”

  • “This restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner of Stowmarket near the railway station close to the river. The ambiance is great and the food wonderful! A well kept secret and one we will always go back to.”

  • “Visited for our anniversary whilst on holiday in Suffolk due to proximity and good reviews. The location was a little unexpected, but the restaurant was pleasant and well decorated. The menu was made up of standard dishes that you might find in a gastro pub, but prepared to a much higher standard. My steak was a particular highlight, one of the best I've had for a while. Staff friendly and helpful and overall excellent value for money. Would visit again.”

  • “Eric at the bistro is one of the best chefs around Stowmarket. Always serves beautiful food. A lovely place to have a meal relax and have quality time with special people.”

  • “A group of 4 of us visited on Friday evening. What a wonderful meal we all had. We all had 3 courses and we were all very impressed with every dish. Wonderful service and reasonably priced. Will definitely be back.”

  • “Myself and few of my friends visited this place a month back. It was my best dinner in Stowmarket till date!! The food was delicious and the presentation was praiseworthy. They have concise but great menu to select from. The staff is very friendly and can suggest you options according to your taste. Will like to visit again.”

  • “First class, can't fault it one bit, we have been searching around for a good steak for ages and all over from Santorini to London, and the best was sitting 100m from home. Everything from the starters to dessert was Great, even the wine was lovely. Staff friendly and had a great evening. Thanks River Bistro”

  • “The menu was varied but not extensive but with a vegetarian, a diabetic and a fussy eater amongst us we all found something to eat that we thoroughly enjoyed.”

  • “Everything about this restaurant was excellent, food of a very good standard, staff and service was very good. Although it was very busy we were not rushed. Worth every penny, will return when next in Stowmarket.”

  • ” Whenever we go to the River Bistro, either as a couple or as a large group we have a great meal. The service is excellent and the meals are great. A little pricier than other Stowmarket restaurants but you get what you pay for.”

  • “Absolutely wonderful place to eat. The best in Stowmarket by a long way. Lovely food, reasonably priced, good portions and friendly staff. If only they could extend and have a pub with a pool table!”

  • One of the best restaurants in Stowmarket. Food always cooked to perfection by Eric the'. A great chef and reasonable prices for the quality of the food. I had my wedding reception here for 50 people eating. Excellent”

  • “Just a lovely relaxed attentive evening. Cannot say anything more positive. Wonderful experience!!! If you visit Stowmarket you need to visit this establishment.”

  • “The chef is excellent. This is my go to restaurant in Stowmarket when a bit of fine dining is needed. Definitely recommend.”

Book an enticing meal at The River Bistro today using our booking form!
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