The winner of our 2010 Best Restaurant Award
This excellent restaurant, must rank among the best in Britain although looking modest from the outside. It's is run with great skill by Helen and David Everitt-Matthias.
David's cooking draws people in from many miles, with his mainly classical-style French cuisine.
'Shetland Scallops with Pea Purée and Roasted Onion Sauce'; 'Pressed Terrine of Kid, Ham Hock & Watercress, Beetroot, Landcress & Shineji Mushrooms'; 'Eel Tortellini with Watercress Cream' and 'Foie Gras Mousse with Turnip and Potato Tortelloni' set the style for starters.
'Chump of Lamb with Black Olive Polenta and Roasted Fennel'; 'Pan-fried Cocks' Kidneys and Langoustines'; 'Cornish Skate Wing, Parsnip Cream, Surf Clams & Brown Butter' and 'Roast Pigeon with Wild Mushrooms' the mains.
Desserts (preceded by a little pre-dessert) are a particular forte, with the likes of 'Liquorice and Tangerine Parfait with Rhubarb'; 'Warm Prune Cake, Pressed Apples, Wild Cherry Stone Ice Cream' and 'Bitter Chocolate and salted Caramel délice'.
While an excellent selection of cheeses are in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Tues-Fri, 12.30-13.15; set L from £26 to £48 (2 courses), £32 to £59 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.30-20.30; set D £26 to £48 (2 courses), £32 to £59 (3 courses)
- Seats: 40
- Wine: An interesting wine list offers good value and kicks off in the low £20's
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Cheltenham Rail
- Directions: On the southern-edge of the town, on the A40, near Cheltenham College. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street Parking, or a public car park in Bath Road
- Closed: Sun & Mon; 10 days at Christmas, 3 weeks in June