Steak | Burgers | Cocktails

Housed in the refurbished 17th Century Hawkes Brewery in Bishop’s Stortford, Water Lane Bar & Restaurant offers a premium but casual value for money dining and drinking experience. Part of the award winning Anglian Country Inns Group.

We believe in fresh, exceptional quality produce, incredible meat from our butchers and fabulous cocktails in an incomparable cellar bar atmosphere.

Open 7 days a week, plus treat yourself to a ‘Bottomless Brunch’ on Sundays from 10am – a big breakfast add unending Prosecco, Bloody Mary, selected juices, tea, coffee and toast for an extra £15 – you deserve it book now.

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From 23 November we are opening 7 days a week & open from 10am on Sundays for brunch

Restaurant Opening Hours

Open Food Served
Monday to Thursday 12noon-11pm 12noon-10.00pm
Friday 12noon-11pm 12noon-10.00pm
Saturday 12noon-11pm 12noon-10.00pm
Sunday 10am-4pm 10am-4pm

Cellar Bar Opening Hours

Open Food Served
Tuesday to Thursday 5pm-11pm  
Friday 5pm-2am  
Saturday 5pm-2am 10am-.9.45pm

Cellar Bar

Prohibition in the Cellar Bar … speak easy … tell your friends … £5 cocktail specials & cheaper pints from 5-7 pm Tuesday to Saturday!  Great bar nibbles …

The atmospheric cellar bar is hidden in the old beer vaults at Water Lane and is perfect for any occasion. Specialising in premium contemporary cocktails, craft beer, gin & bourbon. For group booking/parties please email us – The perfect way to relax at the end of the day. drinks/cocktails menu

What's On

What’s On & Coming Up

Fabulous FESTIVE menu with all the trimmings, available 25th November until 24th December 2 courses £19 or 3 courses £24 BOOKING NOW

December 31st NEW YEAR’S EVE Speakeasy Party - Dress to impress – £35 8pm to 2am – includes fizz on arrival canapés, magician, 2 floors of music …

Music every Friday & Saturday night we have DJ’s spinning the decks, till 2am in the Cellar Bar!

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The perfect gift for any occasion. Pop in or call us on 01279 211888 to find out more.


FOOD Glorious FOOD

‘The Best Burger in town’

And, there’s lots more …

**Fabulous FESTIVE menu with all the trimmings, available 25th November until 24th December 2 courses £19 or 3 courses £24 BOOKING NOW**

Check out our Dinner MENU lots of deliciously tempting dishes menu created from the freshest local produce.

PRE-ORDER LUNCH let Water Lane help make your lunch break work for you, pre-order for a time that suits you? Call us on 01279 211888 or email to order.

Lazy Sundays ‘Roasts & Magic’ Sundays 12noon-4pm enjoy a delicious ‘Lamb tear and share’,  Priors Hall pork chop, Sirloin of beef and ‘Supreme’ of chicken’ dripping roast potatoes, divine ‘yorkies’, market vegetables, homemade gravy – a great way to enjoy a meal with family and friends – add a little bit of magic with Steve Rowe every Sunday (1 -3pm)  - fun, fun, fun ….. AS WELL AS ROASTS there’s lots of choices for your ‘Lazy Sunday’ pleasure.

Shopping & Gifts

Hermitage rd & Co

Hermitage rd. & Co., based in Hitchin, is an independent lifestyle concept store, full of modern and vintage pieces for your home, as well as fun and eclectic fashion, toys and gifts.

Coffee & Tea

Hessian coffee!


Supplied incredibly locally by our friends at Hessian coffee, our very own Bishop’s Stortford company. Roast fresh 100% Arabica beans from Columbia, Brazil, Ecuador & Jamaica giving a sweet, nutty and clean tasting coffee. Perfectly served with love in your mug!


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Meet our Suppliers

We pride our relationship with local suppliers. Priors Hall Farm supplying us with succulent belly ribs and delicious pulled pork. Burtons deliver Hereford beef and the finest steaks. Fishermen from Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk coast send our deliveries direct – the freshest fish you will ever taste. Pictured, Cyril and Ben Southerland father and son – 5th & 6th generation ‘mussel’ fishermen who live next door to our sister establishment The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe. Richard Loose, pictured, ‘oyster’ fisherman who supplies us with the best Brancaster Staithe oysters. Both mussels and oysters are grown in beds across the tidal marsh at Brancaster Staithe, North Norfolk.


Unique cocktails and cocktails from Water Lane, the very best selection in Bishops Stortford. Come and try for yourself.

Find Us

Find us in the centre of the picturesque market town of Bishop’s Stortford, rich in history, only 38 minutes from Liverpool Street, yet surrounded by green belt land and quaint villages.


Looking for a rewarding new job? Join our enthusiastic young team. We are currently recruiting front of house personnel.  If you think you’ve got what it takes, pop in or call Harry Hazelwood on 01279 211888 to find out more.