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A, generally cheap, French-style restaurant (often with a romantic atmosphere). The word possibly comes from a similar Russian word, meaning 'quickly'. Bistro's or more often bistrot's started to appear in France around the end of the 19th century - the city of Lyon being a particular stronghold - and the idea has spread worldwide.

If you enjoy cooking take a minute to look at ‘Simon Scrutton French Cookery Classes’ on Google – and learn how to make top class bistro-style dishes. Suitable for beginners upwards.

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