“ Several restaurants in the Midlands. Lichfield, Stafford, Hanley/Stoke on Trent, Bath, Tamworth, York, Burton upon Trent. Pastiche Bistro began in 1997 in Stafford, with the site initially run as a coffee shop. „
Pastiche Bistro is a medium sized restaurant situated on Mill Street in Stafford, a side street just off the main nightlife stretch. They offer various deals throughout the week including a two course lunch for £5.95 and a two course dinner for £12.95. We went on a Wednesday night for the two course £12.95 offer. I treated my boyfriend to dinner, as we take it in turns to take each other out to dinner. We hadn't visited Pastiche before, I had only been once before about four years ago and remembered that the food was nice. I understand that it's a small chain but I will be reviewing the Stafford branch.
Pricing is very reasonable as the courses are very substantial. Add ons to the £12.95 per person are drinks, sides, appetizers and desserts. If you choose certain items on the menu they come with an extra charge, probably due to cost of ingredients so watch out for this if you are on a budget! The menu is quite varied and there are a good choice of veggie options.
I booked at lunchtime on the day we were going, and they offered me a quarter to 7 slot which suited us fine as I deliberately didn't eat much lunch to make space for my three course dinner later so was very hungry by the time we arrived at Pastiche.
First impressions; there are stairs to get up to the restaurant so this is really not disability friendly at all. I presume there must be a different way to get up to the restaurant - perhaps a lift but if you're in heels, be careful! The restaurant itself was light, airy and pleasantly decorated. The waitress was very friendly and came over to take our drinks order almost straight away. Tap water is available (I think this was free), a wine list (which was reasonably priced) and the usual selection of beers and soft drinks. We had been for a night out the night before so alcohol was off the cards for me but my boyfriend opted for a peroni which came ice cold as it should be and tap water with ice and a slice. I had a sparkling apple juice (appletizer) and tap water, though I was tempted by the wine list which offered a small glass for around £2.50 and a large glass for £3.60.
The drinks arrived promptly and the waitress then took our two course order. I went for a goats cheese, red pepper and spinach tart, which in hindsight was quite adventurous seeing as I only like goats cheese in small doses, but I felt it was too hot for soup, and my boyfriend chose a smoked salmon muffin. I am veggie but experiment with eating fish so I tried a bite of his and it was very tasty. Mine was less so, as I really didn't enjoy the dressing that came with it, I felt it overpowered the spinach and red pepper notes in the dish. My starter was a huge portion of a quiche like texture on a bed of salad. The salad was fresh and tasty, yet I felt the tart itself could have done with a little more pastry and a little less goats cheese. If you are a goats cheese fan, you should definitely choose this!
For mains, my boyfriend had a steak (which had a £5 supplementary cost - trust him to pick that one!), this was a huge portion, with delicious homemade chunky chips, tasty little mushrooms and tomato. He really enjoyed this and said the steak was great quality. I had the seabass which came with loads of veggies and a white wine sauce and garlic topping. This was very tasty, though I did find that the amount of liquid in the bottom of the bowl meant that the fish broke up into little pieces quite quickly! The texture was perfect and the veggies complemented it and I particularly enjoyed the garlic/pesto based topping.
You're not allowed to go out to dinner with me without having dessert so we had a pudding each at £3 extra per person. I had a French toast with caramelised apples and sticky toffee pudding ice cream which was delicious. I was tempted to go for poached pears with bitter chocolate sauce and honeycomb ice cream as I am such a chocoholic but my other half persuaded me to go for the French toast as it sounded interesting as French toast is normally a breakfast thing. It tasted a little like pancakes with sweet apples heaped in between the two slices and a scoop of ice cream perched on top of the whole thing. Yum! My boyfriend chose a lemon cheesecake with a fruity ice cream - the cheesecake was wonderfully light and offered the perfect finale to a filling meal!
In summary, a great little place to go for an affordable dinner with a huge choice of interesting options. The service was very good throughout the meal and the music was understated which complemented the stylish atmosphere. I didn't dress up too much for dinner but wore shorts and tights with a smartish top and a nice necklace, however you could dress up or down as the restaurant is fairly informal but still "stylish".
Facilities wise, the toilets smelled like strawberries which was nice as you get some horrible restaurant toilets! Well ventilated, and prettily decorated, easy to find but not that well sign posted.
Here's a link to the menu and website: http://www.pastichebistro.co.uk/evening-menu.htm
The menu changes month on month and they offer various specials. Recommended! Give it a try if you're in the area!
Pastiche is a bistro in Lichfield that in my opinion has to be one of the best places to eat in this area. Situated in the city centre it can be a bit tricky to find if you are new to the area. The best way to get there is to travel into the centre and find you way to the train centre. From here travel up the road, turn left at the traffic lights and get onto the car park. From here it is a short walk down the road and when you turn right Pastiche is right in front of you.
Walking into the restaurant it may seem to be quite a small restaurant but surprisingly it can fit quite a lot of people inside. As soon as you walk through the doors you can smell the food and honestly, it is rather mouth watering. The tables are all quite close together but it isn't invasive, just cosy. Pastiche is set within two floors and has a very cosy atmosphere to it. Most of the tables are suitable for four people but there are a few larger tables capable of sitting six or eight. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. They will always greet you with a smile and answer any questions you may have.
The menus are the same throughout the month but then change on the first of the new month. So there is a new lunch and dinner menu every month. You can buy a three course meal for £5.50 at lunch and around £10 for the evening meal. The food is simply delicious and there is quite a good variety of food. They always have a couple of meat and fish choices, and there is always a vegetarian dish option. The meals are presented very well but usually are on the small size, which I don't really mind as I like to be ready to gobble up my desert.
I always try something different every time I'm there. They also have extras such as chips and vegetables but these cost about £2 each. Also some of the meal choices you have to pay a couple of pounds extra for. This is usually the steak or puddings such as chocolate tortes. The puddings are probably the best and I love to go there just for this course. However all three courses are delicious.
I love this place and try to go every month for the new menu. The food is delicious and for the evening meal with drinks and extra courses you are looking at around £15 each which really isn't bad at all considering the quality of food you receive. I recommend this place if you are ever in Lichfield as it is a gem of a restaurant and the food is to die for.
There are four Pastiche restaurants in the West Midlands, Lichfield, Stafford, Hanley and Tamworth.
The address for the Lichfield restaurant is:
Pastiche Bistro Lichfield
3 - 5 Lombard Street
Telephone number: 01543 257986 I recommend calling for reservations as it does get full early.
I am a huge fan of eating out which every single person who knows me will agree with. One of my favourite places to go in the whole of the world is based right in the West Midlands and it is called Pastiche bistro in Lichfield. I have been going now for over four years and it is one of those places that I could literally go to all of the time as it is that good and different. Everybody I know I tell them to go and everybody agrees with me that it is amazing here. I will attempt to tell you why it is that brilliant right here in this review.
What is Pastiche?
Pastiche is a bistro chain and although here I will be describing the one located in Lichfield there are others dotted around the West Midlands that you can go to. The actual restaurant is not like any other and the prices are cheap and you get good food but because it is a bistro you do not get as much in the meals as you would elsewhere. When you go you do pay for a three course meal so make sure you are hungry.
The other shining point that Pastiche has against a lot of other places is that the menu changes every single month so there is always something new to try. All three courses have a varied choice and there are a lot for vegetarians which I always like and then always a fish dish and meat dishes so there is actually something for everybody all of the time.
Where is it?
3 5 Lombard Street,
There are five other restaurants in different areas so check out the website to find the one nearest to you.
The Lichfield bistro is in a great location which is right in the middle of Lichfield city centre. Parking is not an issue as there are lots of places within the city and as it is open all day for lunch and dinner you can go shopping before or after eating.
From outside all you can really see is a small purple door that you walk through and there is a sign saying Pastiche but it is not really apparent unless you are looking for it. When you get inside you come across a view of the kitchen and also where you pay for your food. Somebody will always be there to make sure you get a table and if you are sitting downstairs then you will be on wooden seats which are quiet standard but if you are upstairs I like it better.
Upstairs it is kind of a gothic feel with benches for some of the seats and there are beams everywhere and you get the feeling you have stepped into a really old building. From outside you do not see any of this as it looks quite modern but it really isnt. the toilets are downstairs and if I am being honest they do cram quite a lot of people into the restaurant so it is always a very lively atmosphere in there which I like.
The prices are standard every month so I will let you know now. If you go for lunch then a three course meal costs £5.95. For extras such as chips and vegetables they are £2 each. Drinks are not included and these are sold at a price you would expect to pay anywhere so £1.50 for a soft drink say. if you go for an evening meal you are paying £10.95 for the three course meal but you do get more choice on the menu and slightly more food.
The food is superb here and you can really tell that they focus on making it pleasant to look at and extremely delicious to eat. It is impossible to let you know what is always on the menu as it is constantly changing but I will give you a little taster of what I had last time I was there. For starters I had pate on toast which was gorgeous and you get a nice salad with it to. Just enough to whet your appetite but not enough to fill you up.
For a main I had a goats cheese spring roll with a nice salsa dressing which was so filling that I didnt even feel the need to have any chips or potatoes with it. It was delicious and it had a salad with it that was divine. For dessert I had a toasted waffle with nuts, ice-cream and chocolate sauce and I tell you I could have eaten three of them they were that nice. I felt a bit sick afterwards but it was gorgeous.
These are the kind of things you can get but you should check the website before going to see what is there this month.
The staff at Lichfield are fabulous and when you become a regular like me you do recognise them every time you go in. they are always on hand to help with anything you may need and I have tested them with their food knowledge before and they have never let me down.
The Lichfield Pastiche bistro is superb and you are guaranteed good food in a great atmosphere every time you visit. With the menu constantly changing it gives you an excuse to visit all of the time and the price for three courses is great considering the amount of food you get and the great quality of it. This is one place that when you go there to eat you do feel like you have had a special night out.
I am going to give Pastiche Lichfield top marks for making me want to go back again and again.
Thanks for reading.