Mechanics Institute Eccleshill

01274 449 498

Bistro MI

Saturday evenings from seven p.m.

Pre-booking Only

Our Menu


Bistro MI at Eccleshill Mechanics Institute is here to serve a community with the best in food while serving the objectives of Eccleshill Community Association – to keep open and maintain this fantastic community asset. All the staff are committed volunteers working to provide you the best food and the best service while working to protect this valuable asset and keep it in community control.

Bistro Nights

We are limited on the number of guests for each Bistro night so booking early is essential. When you book a table, it is your for the evening to chill, relax, enjoy the atmosphere created in the Bistro as well as enjoy what we are told is excellent value fine food.

Provisional Bistro Dates 2020

Please check back as all dates are provisional and will be confirmed on a month by month basis

29 February Indian Themed Night
28 March Italian Night
25 April Trawler Night
16 May menu t.b.c.
27 June menu t.b.c.
25 July menu t.b.c.
22 August menu t.b.c.
26 September menu t.b.c.
24 October menu t.b.c.
21 November menu t.b.c.
19 December Christmas Menu/Dinner

Please email us to book your table - Ta!

Our themed menus - all dishes will be served as part of banquet meal.
Indian Menu
Vegetable Samosas
Onion Bhajis
Accompanied with chutneys and salad

Chicken masala
Keema Lamb
vegetable curry
Served with Indian breads & rice

Deserts from the sweet rolley

Italian Menu
Garlic bread pieces
Tomato bread
Tomato Mozzarella Salad with balsamic basil dressing with olives

Various pizzas
Cheesy Penne

Deserts from the trolley

Trawler Night
A seventies classic prawn cocktail
Potato wedges

Fish pie
Battered fish
Potato scallops
Served with mushy or garden peas and bread and butter

Deserts from the trolley

Chinese Banqet
Prawn crackers
Prawn toast
Pancake roles
Chicken wings

Special Chinese curry - chicken - beef - pork
Special Chow mein
Young Chow fried rice

Apple pie, custard, ice cream.

If you wish to selct from our normal menu (below) please let us know, we can always make arrangements.

Set menus are £15 per head fully inclusive

Our Passion

We not only have a passion for keeping the doors of the Mechanics Institute open, but also providing the best of food supported by an enjoyable dining experience in this, your old traditional building, and all at an affordable price.

We may all be volunteers, but we are serious at what we do. Why not come along to one of our Bistro Nights, you will not be disappointed.


The Mechanics Institute has served the people of Eccleshill for 150 years by various means, whether as a cinema, a library, or just a meeting place. As of 2018, we do not believe the Mechanics Institute has before provided a Bistro to the people of Eccleshill and beyond.

It is the passion of the current Directors to ensure the Institute remains modern and focused providing services that the locals need.

From £3.00

Range of tasty

Soups, Grills, salads.

From £8.00

Main Courses

Such as:
Calvados & Apple Dressed Pork, Creamy Chicken Breast.

Come along
meet and eat with us - you will not be disappointed

Delicious Food
Great Company

Not to mention.....
the great value & helping to keep those doors open!


As we do not employ anyone, and the Bistro will operate only one Saturday evening per month, then we do not have full time staff that are readily available to take bookings. If you wish to book, you can pop in to the Mechanics Institute Monday to Saturday morning and leave a message and one of us will call you back. Alternatively, you can email the Bistro and we will call you to confirm.

We have a limited licensed bar for bottled beers, wines. Soft drinks will also be available.
Bistro MI is a not for profit restaurant run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the Mechanics Institute. All profits raised through serving fine wine and food at the Bistro will be used for the benefit of the Eccleshill community ensuring the doors of the Mechanics Institute remain open to all.