Saturday 25 November 2017

Montpellier Lodge review

With intrigued appetites, SoGlos headed for a spot of daytime dining and toasted the weekend with a ladies lunch at the picture perfect Montpellier Lodge.

In a nutshell

Nestled in the picturesque Montpellier Gardens, Montpellier Lodge proved its place in the pool of Cheltenham restaurants making their way up the rankings, with fresh fine cuisine and contemporary décor.

The review

To start…

A gloriously autumnal Friday provided the perfect excuse for a ladies’ lunch and we were soon seated at our table in Montpellier Lodge’s lovely conservatory, ready to muse over the enticing menu.

Drenched in natural light and offering wrap-around views of the park, the tastefully-renovated Park Keeper’s cottage oozes subtle sophistication and boasts chic interiors.

Toasting the weekend with a glass of crisp Chardonnay in hand, we tucked into some warm rosemary and sea salt focaccia, which proved the perfect dish for dipping oils and ahead of our eagerly-anticipated main course.

The main event…

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Happily settled in the light-filled conservatory, and after some delicious menu dilemmas, we tucked into our main courses, choosing linguine; fishcake; and beer-battered cod loin.

The mushroom and watercress linguine offered a divine blend of almond pesto, shaved parmesan, and a delicious helping of mushrooms that were packed with flavour.

Raising the bar on fish ‘n’ chips, the signature beer-battered cod loin came complete with a crisp coating and punchy tartare sauce, served up with deliciously tasty skinny fries.

Also providing the perfect light lunch was the smoked haddock, prawn and dill fishcake; drizzled in a flavoursome lemon butter sauce and garnished with tomato and fresh coriander, the dish was complemented by a peppery rocket and parmesan salad.

To finish…

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With our appetites seriously satisfied, we perused the dessert menu and settled on a carefully-crafted cappuccino which was the perfect finale to our ladies’ lunch.

Meanwhile Montpellier Lodge’s idyllic setting and wonderful views were the perfect escape at the end of a busy week in the office, and being just a stone’s throw from SoGlos HQ, we’re sure we’ll be back for another lunchtime treat!

SoGlos loves

If you’re looking to dine in a bigger group, Montpellier Lodge has a selection of stylish spaces that are available to hire, perfect for hosting an intimate family get-together or even a business event.

Top tip

Diners looking for a lighter option can take advantage of the snack menu featuring tasty treats including crispy whitebait and tartare sauce; spiced nuts; and homemade beetroot and parsnip crisps.

What next?

For more information see Montpellier Lodge , call (01242) 262666 or visit directly.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Thursday 05 October 2017

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