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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
By Sophie Bird
Thursday 05 October 2017
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