Find this good neighbourhood bistro, tucked away, just round the corner from the Roman Museum; and the timber-clad dining room imparts a sense of history. They certainly have all the benefits of excellent food sourcing as their meat is supplied from their butchers Jesse Smith (q.v. Cirencester, Marlborough & Tetbury), while cheeses come from their cheese shop just opposite (q.v.).
Many of their dishes come from their wood-burning oven, which gives them a distinct character, while their fresh fish (much of it straight from Newlyn) is displayed for sale on their fish counter from where it can be bought to eat at home, or to be prepared in the restaurant.
Menu's closely follow the seasons, but an early summer visit brought 'Baked Goats Cheese Salad with Balsamic Drizzle'; 'Seared Cornish Scallops with a Pear and Coleslaw'; 'Evesham Asparagus' and 'A Plate of Pastrami, Milano Salami, Parma Ham and Olives with Marinated Artichokes' among the starters.
With 'Roast Stuffed Loin of Cotswold Lamb with a Confit of Baby Vegetables'; 'Mushroom and Aubergine Risotto with Sun-Blush Tomatoes' and 'Wild Sea Trout with Garlic Potato and Rocket Salad' among the mains.
If you still have room, finish with 'White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake'; 'Bread and Butter Pudding with Lemon Syllabub' or a plate of local Artisan Cheeses.
About once a month, they hold special 'Jazz' evenings either in the bar upstairs, or outside in fine weather a set price includes a three-course meal and good music.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 11.45-15.00; Sun 12.00-15.00; mains about £14 to £15
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 7.00-21.30; mains about £15 to £29
- Seats: 50, plus about 25 outside
- Wine: a concise, but interesting, list kicks off in the low £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Directions: in the Town Centre, close to the church - see the map on this page
- Closed: D Sun-Tues; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating