Nestled on one of Kendal’s busiest streets, take one step into this small, quaint bistro and you will be transported worlds away.

I was warmly greeted by the traditional décor, atmospheric music and cheery staff before being shown to my table.

Always on the look-out for good value, quality food I was instantly attracted towards the bistro’s wallet-friendly lunch-time £5 menu. It offers an impressive range of food, including plenty of vegeterian options as well as a selection of meat dishes.

I plumped for the smoked mackerel fillet, served with warm sautéed potatoes, green beans, sun-blushed vine tomatoes and onions with mango salsa.

I added a side of bread and butter (85p) in anticipation of having lots of vegetables to scoop up afterwards, and I wasn’t disappointed.

After a quick chat with the friendly staff, the food arrived within around ten minutes, which, considering it was fairly busy, was good timing.

It was tasty and piping hot and the twist of mango salsa really added to the overall flavour of the dish.

The unusual sweetness worked well with the smoked fish. The mackerel itself was soft and free from bones, a regular pet-hate of mine, and there were potatoes in abundance.

They contrasted with the finely chopped green beans, tomatoes and onions.

The plate was not overloaded with food but it was certainly enough for a perfect lunch, whether you are on a break from work or just visiting Kendal for the day.

With a drink and a side the price came to just £7.05. I would happily return and would not hesitate in recommending to friends and family.

Situated on Stricklandgate, the bistro opens at 5.30pm every night with the a la carte menu available all evening.

Three courses from £14.95 is available Sunday to Thursday all evening and up to 7.15pm on Friday and Saturday.