The Restaurant at Cheltenham’s Montpellier Chapter Hotel serves classic dishes and real British favourites from an open theatre kitchen, and is quickly becoming a destination restaurant for discerning Montpellier diners.
Using the best quality ingredients, often from celebrated local suppliers, The Restaurant’s menu changes with every season – with daily specials, a range of grill options and a good choice of desserts on offer, not to mention an excellent wine list displayed on iPads.
Open to residents and non-residents alike, guests can be seated in the garden room as well as The Restaurant, while the terrace and the courtyard makes for a fine alfresco option in the warmer months. Plus, there is a choice of private dining rooms for special occasions.
You can also see SoGlos.com’s The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant photo gallery.
Take a peek inside Cheltenham newest eatery, with SoGlos.com’s The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant photo gallery.
Complete with elegant decor and a menu of classic British favourites, The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant is swiftly becoming Cheltenham’s eating destination a la mode.
From sipping a cocktail from the well-stocked bar to relaxing with a coffee in the lounge after dinner, The Montpellier Restaurant promises a seamless experience and relaxed atmosphere.
Period features and modern art combine for a unique touch and a real highlight includes the chance for diners to watch chefs concocting mouth-watering cuisine in the open theatre kitchen from the comfort of their table.
There are also private dining rooms available for special occasions and a terrace and courtyard for dining in warm weather – and we’re sure The Montpellier Chapter will be continuing to make waves in Cheltenham come summer.
Monday 24 January 2011
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With resident socialites, modern art and iPads, SoGlos.com feared The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant might prove more style than substance. But, the Cheltenham eatery’s modern British menu surprisingly proved quite otherwise.
The newly opened Montpellier Chapter caused somewhat of a stir in Gloucestershire’s social circles – providing a hip new haunt to fill the gap its former guise The Kandinsky left gaping when it closed three years ago. But, on a Tuesday evening visit the SoGlos.com team was keen to see if the cooking could match up to the restaurant’s growing reputation as the new place to be seen sipping cocktails.
Sprinting up the hotel’s steps from the small car park to avoid a soaking, the evening started with a slick production line from the doorway – complete with polite hellos, coats taken, seats in the lounge shown to, drinks menus distributed and cocktails ordered by a dizzying array of smartly dressed staff in matching trousers and shirt combos and Converse-style daps.
We slouched back on the huge sofas, flicking through hip design hardbacks and admiring the refurbished decor – with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a cacophony of coffee tables, kooky art and candles. Sofa-space at a premium, more than a few polished guests passed us to scout out the almost pitch dark conservatory, before making swift U-turns back into the lounge to find a better-lit seat.
Our drinks, most notably a refreshing and potent cider mojito, were served swiftly as restaurant menus were perused – until unceremoniously shoved aside the second we were given the chance to play with the iPad wine list, a novelty clearly not lost on the other guests either, particularly the males seen poking the Apple device with smiling enthusiasm.
Shown to the restaurant, it too was full with a buzzing atmosphere to lift the Tuesday spirits. Rather than a romantic place to whisper sweet nothings, glamorous groups of middle aged woman, silver haired CEO-types, jeans-wearing twenty-somethings and a table of designer-clad students all rubbed shoulders with relaxed comfort – chatting, laughing and gazing around at fellow diners.
Meanwhile the open theatre kitchen took centre stage – with busy chefs chopping, sautéing and clattering pans purposefully, while adding a dynamic sense of entertainment to the evening. We weren’t too sure about the ‘England’ emblazoned artwork, but the well-priced house white and red made sure we soon took our eyes off the walls.
For starters my partner tucked into a trio of perfectly cooked scallops cooked in a classic garlic and herb butter, elegantly served in half shells for a touch which was visually pleasing on the eye, but not necessarily on the fork. While I tackled a tasty Asian-inspired crispy duck and watercress salad, served with refreshing orange segments and lashings of punchy grain mustard dressing.
For the main course I opted for the succulent pork fillet wrapped in smoky Trealy farm ham, which was accompanied by meltingly tender honey glazed pork belly and square of salty crackling, along with smooth mash and a dollop of tangy apple sauce. We were told it was a firm favourite with regulars, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order the dish again… and again.
Opposite me, not just any great quality cutlet of venison, but ‘the best venison ever tasted’ was devoured. As was the red cabbage and sweet creamed parsnips, with a rich port and raisin sauce complimenting the succulent and perfectly prepared game sublimely. A side dish of French beans was also well cooked and well seasoned, served in a miniature Le Creuset dish for a stylish touch.
The dessert menu overflowing with British classics was too tempting to miss out on – with apple crumble my first choice. Served steaming hot, the buttery crumble was excellent and the plump fruit filling both warm and comforting with runny custard to drizzle on top. The sticky toffee pudding was disappointing, however, as the caramel sauce had a bitter and slightly burnt edge. Oddly enough (and this has to be the first time we have ever nit-picked about cutlery) the dessert spoons were so deep they were actually a bit difficult to eat with.
The sprightly, endlessly smiling restaurant manager Karen, who took our orders and looked after us splendidly, could not have be more attentive or professional throughout the evening. Although some of the youngest staff could perhaps do with some more pointers – awkwardly plonking down plates, and even snapping at some (albeit rather obnoxious) customers next to us.
But, while there are still some minor improvements to be made, for a newly opened establishment the early signals of success are remarkably impressive. With a satisfying menu of well-executed favourites, stylish surroundings and electric atmosphere, The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant will no doubt become one of the Gloucestershire jet set’s favourite places to not just to be seen at, but eat at too.
By Michelle Fyrne
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