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Your unique dining experience in Stowmarket

We’re keen to make The River Bistro your weekday restaurant of choice as well as your luxury weekend treat. Delivered by a highly-skilled mix of friendly people, you’ll get to know us in no time as your go-to local and independent dining experience.
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  • “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.”

Contact Information

Wharfside House
Prentice Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1RD

Opening Hours

Tues - Thurs: 6:30pm - 11:00pm (kitchen closes at 9pm)

Fri & Sat: 6:00pm - 11:30pm (kitchen closes at 9:30pm)

Payment methods

We accept: Cash and card

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